Ongoing Projects
  • When I saw the actual stage that we would be performing on at American Dance Institute, I’ll admit, I panicked a little. While I was excited about how intimate the space was, I was immediately overwhelmed by the blinding lights and the added pressure of constantly hiding behind curtains when I wasn’t dancing.

    Blinded by the Lights

    When I saw the actual stage that we would be performing on at American Dance Institute, I’ll admit, I panicked a little. While I was excited about how intimate the space was, I was immediately overwhelmed by the blinding lights and the added pressure of constantly hiding behind curtains when I wasn’t dancing.

    Continue Reading...

  • What can I say after a 12 hour rehearsal day? Dance is good. My body is strong. Tomorrow I will do it again. Today was full of editing, cutting, experimenting, and doing it over and over again with one day to go before the performance.

    Finding and Moving Past My Edge

    What can I say after a 12 hour rehearsal day? Dance is good. My body is strong. Tomorrow I will do it again. Today was full of editing, cutting, experimenting, and doing it over and over again with one day to go before the performance.

    Continue Reading...

  • Prior to attending the Summer Institute I had the opportunity to chat with Liz Lerman on the phone about my own research interests, particularly the idea of using dance as a method to study history. Our conversation was energizing and I frequently revisit my notes from it. In this particular essay Glassie makes a case for the role of literature and art (among other things) in the understanding and interpretation of culture and history.

    Ever Enlarging Circles of Context

    Prior to attending the Summer Institute I had the opportunity to chat with Liz Lerman on the phone about my own research interests, particularly the idea of using dance as a method to study history. Our conversation was energizing and I frequently revisit my notes from it. In this particular essay Glassie makes a case for the role of literature and art (among other things) in the understanding and interpretation of culture and history.

    Continue Reading...

  • It has been amazing to watch the material that we gathered on Saturday at the Anacostia and from improvisational explorations be reworked, edited, and combined into these gorgeous dances that are becoming more and more clear each day.  We are now starting to dig deeper,  fine-tuning choreography and dance phrases developed earlier in the week, while still exploring the various facets of our bodies and how they move through space.

    Uncontained Meaning

    It has been amazing to watch the material that we gathered on Saturday at the Anacostia and from improvisational explorations be reworked, edited, and combined into these gorgeous dances that are becoming more and more clear each day. We are now starting to dig deeper, fine-tuning choreography and dance phrases developed earlier in the week, while still exploring the various facets of our bodies and how they move through space.

    Continue Reading...

  • Today at Dance Exchange I found myself researching the relationship between positive and negative hydrogen ions. I haven’t taken a real science since high school so I couldn’t stop giggling about the fact that Matthew and I were doing “science research.” It turns out that what I once heard was almost right--negative ions from the ocean neutralize positive stress ions in humans. It’s amazing really. Sea air is biologically healing.

    Blurring Art and Scholarly Research

    Today at Dance Exchange I found myself researching the relationship between positive and negative hydrogen ions. I haven’t taken a real science since high school so I couldn’t stop giggling about the fact that Matthew and I were doing “science research.” It turns out that what I once heard was almost right--negative ions from the ocean neutralize positive stress ions in humans. It’s amazing really. Sea air is biologically healing.

    Continue Reading...

  • Yesterday as part of a creative writing exercise institute participants were asked to respond to a quote from the “Reclaiming the Edge” exhibit at the Anacostia Community Museum,  “Water, a commonplace in our lives, has one extraordinary quality: all of it, everywhere, is connected symbolically and poetically with all the rest of the water on earth" (Donlyn Lyndon and Charles Moore).

    Holy Water

    Yesterday as part of a creative writing exercise institute participants were asked to respond to a quote from the “Reclaiming the Edge” exhibit at the Anacostia Community Museum, “Water, a commonplace in our lives, has one extraordinary quality: all of it, everywhere, is connected symbolically and poetically with all the rest of the water on earth" (Donlyn Lyndon and Charles Moore).

    Continue Reading...

  • I am not a dancer. I have called myself an artist, a scholar, and a lover of snacks, but never a dancer. This morning I felt a little delirious as I found myself rehearsing brand new choreography in a room of well-seasoned and talented dancers. My decision to participate in the Dance Exchange Summer Institute was largely connected to my academic research, as well as my longtime interest in dance as an art form.

    Witnessing on the Anacostia River

    I am not a dancer. I have called myself an artist, a scholar, and a lover of snacks, but never a dancer. This morning I felt a little delirious as I found myself rehearsing brand new choreography in a room of well-seasoned and talented dancers. My decision to participate in the Dance Exchange Summer Institute was largely connected to my academic research, as well as my longtime interest in dance as an art form.

    Continue Reading...

  • Two articles came out this week featuring interviews with prolific choreographers Liz Lerman and Mark Morris. In both interviews, the choreographers discuss what it is to be an aging artist: the Washington Post interview with […]

    Weekend reading

    Two articles came out this week featuring interviews with prolific choreographers Liz Lerman and Mark Morris. In both interviews, the choreographers discuss what it is to be an aging artist: the Washington Post interview with […]

    Continue Reading...

  • This is our last month of regular FRIDAY CLASS until we start back in September, so let me start by saying THANK YOU to the fabulous group of dancers and teachers we've had in the room this year. This season's series will conclude with a month of classes taught by me and Matthew, including some bonus non-Friday FRIDAY CLASSes.

    FRIDAY CLASS in June

    This is our last month of regular FRIDAY CLASS until we start back in September, so let me start by saying THANK YOU to the fabulous group of dancers and teachers we've had in the room this year. This season's series will conclude with a month of classes taught by me and Matthew, including some bonus non-Friday FRIDAY CLASSes.

    Continue Reading...

  • May 8, 2013 Interview by Keira Hart-Mendoza Teen Exchange is gearing up for their annual Youth Arts Night, May 23 at 7pm at Dance Exchange. I recently sat down with […]

    Ten Years in the Making- Interview with Teen Exchange’s Co-Facilitator Nora Baker and her mom Joanne Burke.

    May 8, 2013 Interview by Keira Hart-Mendoza Teen Exchange is gearing up for their annual Youth Arts Night, May 23 at 7pm at Dance Exchange. I recently sat down with […]

    Continue Reading...

Page 20 of 46« First...1018192021223040...Last »