Ongoing Projects
  • It took me a little longer to write this post but it has been hard to sum up my summer experience at Dance Exchange. Now that the institute is over, I’ve found myself missing the feeling of starting my days attempting to tackle complicated choreography in a fog of Tiger Balm.

    Goodbye for now

    It took me a little longer to write this post but it has been hard to sum up my summer experience at Dance Exchange. Now that the institute is over, I’ve found myself missing the feeling of starting my days attempting to tackle complicated choreography in a fog of Tiger Balm.

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  • In the field of Conflict Analysis and Resolution we call it reflective practice: a method by which we grow as human beings and as theorists, researchers, and practitioners; it refers to the process by which persons learn, with others, from reflection on their experience. What do you do with the experience after it's over, how do you process the process?  Are we changed forever?  We say: yes, I’m inspired, I’m renewed, I have received artistic energy.  And so many of our exercises at the Institute were just that; allowing oneself to receive messages, to surrender weight into the floor, into your partner, the witnessing, the receiving, the sourcing, the creating and the sharing of ourselves.

    Reflective practice post-Institute

    In the field of Conflict Analysis and Resolution we call it reflective practice: a method by which we grow as human beings and as theorists, researchers, and practitioners; it refers to the process by which persons learn, with others, from reflection on their experience. What do you do with the experience after it's over, how do you process the process? Are we changed forever? We say: yes, I’m inspired, I’m renewed, I have received artistic energy. And so many of our exercises at the Institute were just that; allowing oneself to receive messages, to surrender weight into the floor, into your partner, the witnessing, the receiving, the sourcing, the creating and the sharing of ourselves.

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  • This common place holds me accountable for how I currently treat my own body of water in relation to being apart of this physical world. And now, I can see the richness in what it means to sustain our earth. Not only for ourselves but for one another to be able to come together and ignite new possibilities for living a healthier life. Through this experience, I have learned that dance making is not about counting to 8. The Dance Exchange has helped make me aware that making art can be a tool for promoting environmental awareness and what better way to start than with a common place.

    Side notes on a common place

    This common place holds me accountable for how I currently treat my own body of water in relation to being apart of this physical world. And now, I can see the richness in what it means to sustain our earth. Not only for ourselves but for one another to be able to come together and ignite new possibilities for living a healthier life. Through this experience, I have learned that dance making is not about counting to 8. The Dance Exchange has helped make me aware that making art can be a tool for promoting environmental awareness and what better way to start than with a common place.

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  • If you live and dance in the DC area, there’s a good chance that you know Wayles Haynes.  Wayles is an active dance educator, performer, and choreographer in the greater […]

    What’s Behind “The 50s Front”

    If you live and dance in the DC area, there’s a good chance that you know Wayles Haynes.  Wayles is an active dance educator, performer, and choreographer in the greater […]

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  • I've been rolling this idea of labels around for a while now and what their value is in the arts, and in Edmonton, I started to really consider the words I use more closely in describing this work. Usually, I'd say that I was in Canada for a week teaching "community dance workshops" (aka workshops for people who don't consider themselves dancers), and that is one way to describe what happened. But what I'd rather say is that Shula and I went to Edmonton and taught advanced composition classes for a week. And we can say that these are just words, but the labels matter: I find that when I say "community", people hear "outreach", and when I say "comp class", they hear "art".

    What do we call it?

    I've been rolling this idea of labels around for a while now and what their value is in the arts, and in Edmonton, I started to really consider the words I use more closely in describing this work. Usually, I'd say that I was in Canada for a week teaching "community dance workshops" (aka workshops for people who don't consider themselves dancers), and that is one way to describe what happened. But what I'd rather say is that Shula and I went to Edmonton and taught advanced composition classes for a week. And we can say that these are just words, but the labels matter: I find that when I say "community", people hear "outreach", and when I say "comp class", they hear "art".

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  • Last night's performance--really the entire day-- was a blast and a blur. What I do remember is watching the last section of our piece from the stage wings and thinking, ”I can't believe it's over.”

    The Night We’ve All Been Waiting For

    Last night's performance--really the entire day-- was a blast and a blur. What I do remember is watching the last section of our piece from the stage wings and thinking, ”I can't believe it's over.”

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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