How to Tell if Your Child’s Instructor is a “Time Waster”

It is shocking how many dance instructors I have worked with like to simply run out the clock with kids rather than engage with them in meaningful dance education. I recently met a dance studio DIRECTOR who was in the process of INTERVIEWING ME who actually stated “I love to waste time.” I cannot fathom…

Stretchy Toddlers Taking Over Dance

I think that the mistaken modern day perspective is that if a child does not have the flexibility, coordination, and stamina of the stretchy toddlers on “Dance Moms” it is not worth giving them an education in dance – they will simply not be good.

A Brief History of the Mother of Modern Dance: Martha Graham

In 1911 Graham spotted a poster of dance legend Ruth St. Dennis in a store, advertising her performance, and begged her father to take her to the performance in Los Angeles, which he did. She came to worship Ruth St. Dennis and five years later went back to Los Angeles for a summer course at Dennis’ company, Dennishawn….

Character Sketching Exercise

Some writers come up with characters for their stories based on people they know, conversations they observe, or other characters in stories they have read. I have always had a personal love for writers whose characters seem to be variations on themselves. There is a certain psychology to it that I like. One prime example…

An Artistic Haven in Brookneal, Virginia

I am currently working on a project involving the start-up of a dance program, a promotional concert, and a little spot of arts heaven out here in rural Brookneal Virginia. Moving down here to Brookneal for a teaching job, I had feared greatly that I would be leaving my dance ambitions behind for at least…

Big Dance

What is “Big Dance”? This is the question I found myself asking a couple weeks ago at the 2018 Panpapanpalya Joint Dance Congress. My first thought was that it was dance aimed at larger people, and standing at 5 foot 1 inch I concluded that it was not for me. Boy was my assumption wrong!…

The Gaia Movement

Often artists aim to make a difference with their art, they want to inspire change in people, and in the world. Erin Fowler and Nick Graalman created the dance film Gaia for this purpose. The film is a powerful statement about the environment in the largest sense possible. This film takes a serious look at…

Goodbye Australia!

I have just returned from what was undoubtably one of the most inspiring and exciting experiences of my entire life.  Twelve days ago I set out to Adelaide, Australia with my dance mentors Mark and Ella Magruder and five other young adult dancers who I had previously studied dance with at Sweet Briar College. In…

Dancing our way to Australia!

I am currently waiting in the airport to catch a flight to Australia with some of my favorite dancers. The ultimate destination is Adelaide, Australia where we will attend the 2018 Dance and the Child International (DaCi) conference. Learn more about this amazing conference here: https://www.daci.international/en/ So far we have stretched in parking lots, done…