Last night the Hub and I were discussing why I would make a good traveling companion for The Doctor. (Each summer we “theme” our television/film viewings. So fun!! This summer is Dr. Who, about which we are both now obsessed. Previous summers include Charles Dickens, “W.A”- Woody Allen and Wes Anderson, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and … Continue reading For the Love of The TARDIS
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. … Continue reading Further Pigeons and Their Holes
There is something in the way my daughter moves that elicits strong physical memories of my childhood. Both of my kids are highly kinesthetic. My son, perpetually fighting imagined villains, never stops darting, kicking, rolling, falling, and slicing- much to my annoyance (grungey floors in public places) and sometimes embarrassment (totally wrong moment as deemed … Continue reading Something in the way she moves…..
This year has been about opening my perspectives to new ways of thinking and doing. This has been occurring in my teaching- by examining the “truths” within our heritage of dance training, as well as personally- by taking risks and celebrating what I have come to learn about myself. A few things in particular have … Continue reading Open: 3 Things Changing My Life
This week I spent two days working on the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment project known as MAEIA. I co-represent the discipline of dance in the creation of three products: a blueprint of what the “gold standard” dance program would look like for Michigan, the assessment development, and the audit tool districts will be … Continue reading Cycle 2: Losing the Big Picture
Let's face it, I am fortunate in that my subject area- dance- is not included in the standardized tests that my students take each year. That doesn't mean, however, that I am not careful and intentional in how and what I teach. As I see it, there are three main types of teaching/learning relationships in … Continue reading Cycle 1: How much of what we teach is “curriculum”?
Friends are the best. I tend to get ahead of myself in most ways, worrying about things that are important but likely to ebb and flow as we move through life. This is true of my professional life and my personal life. I spend a lot of energy putting things into action that sometimes I … Continue reading Letting It Be: Renewed Intent
Regular readers of Dance Advantage might already know the popular article, Is Dance a Field in Danger by Lauren Warnecke. I added my thoughts in the comments section. Please click over to read it as it will give some clarity to the following points. Essentially, we need to find responsibility in engagement from both the … Continue reading Taking Responsibility: My View of the Dangers for the Field of Dance
I have recently written a post for parents of little movers on Green Spot Blue (a parenting and literary Web site) on dance education and what to look for and expect in a dance class. The article can be found here. Here is a snippet from the beginning of the article: Dance education, like any … Continue reading Picking Up the Steps: An Introduction to Dance Training