“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery If there is one thing I’ve learned over my 15-ish years as a choreographer, it is that you can’t be is too precious about your work. My choreography mentor Sara Pearson once … More 10 Strategies for Editing Choreography
ArtistMotherWife is an occasional series in which I will explore topics related to the intersection of marriage, motherhood, and maintaining one’s career in the arts. Around 4:30am, I did the thing that all the pediatricians practically beg you not to do: I pulled the crying baby out of his pack and play, took him back to our … More ArtistMotherWife: Choreographing the Post-Partum Experience
About a year ago (maybe more – time flies!), someone in a dance teachers’ group on Facebook posed an interesting question: What are the 5 skills that you think are most important for your students to learn? This was a particularly vexing topic for me, because I had a hard time even deciding what counts … More My Top 5 Movement Skills Your Students Should Master
The beginning of a new dance, for me, is always a little bittersweet. There is lots of joy, for being able to do what I love, and bring ideas and emotions to life in a meaningful way. There is also gratitude, for the healthy body and mind that allow me to live a creative life, … More Does the world really need my choreography?
For most of my career I have avoided solo work. I hated doing my own choreography, largely because it made me feel too vulnerable. My dances are personal, and I have always loved having the choreographic process as an artistic outlet through which I can express secret desires, heartaches, and anxieties. However, I always relied … More Not Alone: Vulnerability and the Collaborative Solo
Back in May, I was sitting in my office at the University of Maryland College Park talking with my friend and fellow dancer Elizabeth Barton. We had recently finished our first choreographic collaboration, a piece called Altared that had premiered at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Eager to get to work on our next project, … More Choreography: The Arts of Bringing an Idea to Life