A few years ago, I had a year of "Yes". It was before Shonda Rhimes published her book. It was a time in my life where I needed to reorient my work to include MYSELF. I was giving so much to my students and my colleagues that I left myself out of the equation and soon … Continue reading The Year of Making It
This weekend I had the luxury of conversation with a wide range of women. The organization I work for was celebrating our 40th anniversary. Some of the conversations happened verbally, some through movement, more through observation as the event was blocks away from the Women's March in my state capitol. In one of the pieces … Continue reading What are you making?
I am humbled to have been a guest on Jenna Zaffino's podcast, Pilates Unfiltered. Jenna is a force in the world and I am lucky to know her. She is inspiring because she does good work but more so because she MAKES THINGS HAPPEN. Here is the link to Jenna's website, specifically to the Pilates … Continue reading The Truest Thing
I keep finding myself in conversations with people who are telling me what they want to do, somehow not realizing they have the resources they need at their disposal right now. I have started saying, "What are you waiting for?" I have started saying it to myself, too. With the shifting of my career and … Continue reading What you waiting for?
I would like to remove "should" from our vocabulary. There are so many better ways to make a point, suggest improvement, make an observation than "should." Whenever "should" appears in a conversation, my guard tends to go up. Not all the time and not with everyone- but with many people, and always with specific people. … Continue reading Stop Shoulding
At 21, I created a solo to Charles Mingus' score, "Myself When I Am Real." This morning, my husband played the record knowing it remains close to me, perhaps sensing the nostalgia might bring me comfort in this annual season of personal grief. At 21, I felt the depth of the dance depended on the … Continue reading Myself When I Am Real
There is a wonderful young woman, who I am mentoring, who continuously pushes me to reflect on my experiences and offer her advice. While I hope she knows advice is always subjective, the process of reflecting on the over-arching themes of my career has been really satisfying and its has prompted great conversations with like-minds … Continue reading Following the Interesting Questions
A few weeks ago, a friend was describing a teaching residency themed about water dances in which she and a collaborator worked with three classes. Two of the three classes flowed through the project and the curriculum as planned. The third class resisted, wanting to return repeatedly to their personal (and social) definitions of dance … Continue reading The Water
I am nearly 9 months into my career leap. Here’s what I am noticing: 1. Vision is sometimes clearer from a distance. My leap was prompted by the desire to: do meaningful work full-time, in environments which recognize and embrace the need I seek to fill; moving to improve the quality of one’s life. strip … Continue reading Mid-Leap
In my Creative Self-Care and Adult Modern classes, we have been moving in response to the notion that the mind creates fiction and the body is holder of the facts. Our minds are a fertile ground for picking up stories and developing them into tales of twisted and contorted truth. We fill in gaps, as … Continue reading Mind=Fiction, Body=Fact