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 … More 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. … More 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 … More 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 … More 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 … More 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 … More 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 … More Mind=Fiction, Body=Fact