Currently, I am in the final year of my undergraduate journey at Bennington College where my studies center around the arts, cooperation, and collaboration. From this angle, I pursue courses in dance making, psychology, education, mediation, and art as a social practice.
Bennington College’s Field Work Term has afforded me the golden opportunity to intern with the inspiring artists of Dance Exchange. Every year from January to mid February students leave campus to gain 210 hours of field experience. Throughout my studies I have researched the work of Liz Lerman and Dance Exchange. After meeting Sarah Levitt and Matthew Cumbie at Bates Dance Festival, I knew that DX was where I wanted to be. I have a deep affinity for their mission, particularly with the question “Who gets to dance?”. Simply put, I am thrilled to be here.
In past field work terms, I have learned from arts administrators and students in the Appalachian foothills at ARTS/West and Factory Street Studio; new English speakers and students with diverse abilities at Children’s Dance Foundation in Birmingham AL; Violence Prevention Program facilitators and students in Oakland, CA at Destiny Arts Center; Oakland children with chronic illnesses and their siblings through CoachArt; and the dynamically diverse performing artists and staff of AXIS Dance Company.
It is particularly exciting to work alongside the DX’s facilitators and educators, because they are simultaneously engaged as artists and performers. I eagerly await being in the studio during rehearsals for How to Lose a Mountain, because the work here is of the caliber and character to which I aspire.