When I was living in NYC, David Howard’s ballet class saved my soul. In a city where most dance classes felt like an audition, taught by people who didn’t really understand how to warm up a body or just really loved deep plié in second position, with the body folded over- David Howard’s ballet class … More David Howard
Recently, I have been fortunate enough to teach a rash of master classes around the state and in my area. One of the comments that keeps rising from the students in each place, many of whom are exposed to modern dance for the first time or elements of dance through modern concepts in new ways, … More The Application of Technique
And then there is the question that follows the conundrum of what I do. “So what kind of dance do you do?” Well, shoot- how much time do you really have? Okay, so I usually say, “mostly modern and jazz, but I have a strong background in ballet.” In truth, I create modern dance works. … More Further Pigeons and Their Holes
Here is my December article for Dance Advantage.
I am relatively new to Twitter but I have already enjoyed the relationships I have started to cultivate and the dialogue they have inspired. One of the threads we’ve created is the comparison of contemporary dance to modern (look for #comodance). I have biases. Know this. But also know that while I consider myself a … More The Next Verbal Challenge: Describing Contemporary Dance
Yeah….It can be that difficult to maintain brevity when attempting to describe modern dance to the non-dancer. This is by no means the first time I’ve visited this puzzle in my work but this is a most recent stab prompted by the impressive Jordon Cloud. So, here goes. My meager attempt to describe modern dance … More The Verbal Challenge: Describing Modern Dance As Succinctly As Possible While Evoking Visual Image and Possible Definition of Intent