Movement Connects

This week, I co-led MAEIA Re-Ignite!- a day-long Professional Learning event for the Michigan Arts Education and Instruction project (MAEIA). We used Simon Sinek‘s The Golden Circle as a lens to reconnect with ourselves, each other, and the arts-education community at large. Representatives from individual schools, school districts, local and state arts organizations, the Michigan…

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Biting Your Own Teeth

According to Pinterest (I know, I know) Alan Watts said, “Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.” I have written about defining and labeling at several points over the years on this blog as well as for Dance Advantage. I am in the midst of change with my relationship to…

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Current Trend: 5 Favorites

So my husband, Scott D. Southard, does this thing on his blog where he features 5 things he is into right now. I thought I’d steal the idea. Here goes: Anna Halprin: Experience as Dance by Janice Ross On my birthday, I read this interview at Stance On Dance and it inspired me to pick…

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When the Body Answers Back

We know our stories are trapped in our bodies. We know we use our bodies to express personal perspectives within our stories. But what about when the body needs to do the speaking? When I was living in NYC, one of my favorite classes was that of Alexandra Beller. She started each class with us…

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David Howard

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…

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Mind the Gap(s)

Over the last few years I have realized that my role in dance is that of a mediator. This summer, however, I am realizing just how many realms in which this is true. In this, though, I am also more aware of my own biases and working on letting some of those go. Here is…

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Renewal: Controlling the Minutiae

Each summer seems to have a theme, beyond that of our television viewing. (See For the Love of the TARDIS) “Dr. Who Summer” continues in all gloriousness. I sobbed over David Tennant but am warming up to Matt Smith. Past years have included “the summer of awakenings”, “the summer of reflection”. This year? The summer…

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Beyond the Body

Recently, I wrote about the struggle of explaining to new people what it is I do in a way that speaks the breadth and depth of my experiences and the field of dance. This morning via Facebook, this article by Shawn Lent came across my phone and my wheels have been turning ever since. I…

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Changing the Variables

Something powerful happens when we take dance out of the studio. Or out of a theatre. Or out of dance clothes. Or out of trained dancer bodies. I experienced this as a student but more so when I was living in NYC and other cities- seeing movement of all kinds in Central Park, in installations…

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Time: slow, steady, rich, lasting

This weekend has felt absolutely indulgent. All due to time, or rather, our attitudes about time. In reality, our schedule has been relatively consistent to other weekends. The change has come in our activities and our decision to ignore the clock. My husband and I had precious conversations much after our usual bedtime. We frolicked…

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