I am a……

Ok, so sometimes I don’t know how to introduce myself. I mean, I know my name and everything, but some scenarios require I explain a bit more about myself- what I do, why  I have the skills that I have, etc- and this can be where I start to get a little flummoxed. Here is…

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The Legacy of Body

H has my movement sensibility. She has my height and strong-like-bull stature. I hope she adopts the celebration of my body I am enjoying now and not the criticisms and sense of defeat that have been present at other points in my life. I have a hard time discerning how much of my feelings about…

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Something in the way she moves…..

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…

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Open: 3 Things Changing My Life

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…

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Cycle 1: How much of what we teach is “curriculum”?

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…

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Letting It Be: Renewed Intent

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…

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Taking Responsibility: My View of the Dangers for the Field of Dance

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…

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Here is the link to a review of two new excellent reads. Check them out! Prepping for the Common Core with Two Informational Dance Texts | Dance Advantage

http://danceadvantage.net/2012/06/21/hitting-the-books-two-valuable-reads-from-oxford-university-press/

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Picking Up the Steps: An Introduction to Dance Training

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…

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Introducing Dance History through Music Videos

Here is my latest article for Dance Advantage. Enjoy! http://danceadvantage.net/2012/04/17/music-video-dance-history/

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