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….

From Colored Sands: A dance of creation (Photos)

This dance is called “From Colored Sand.” It’s a sort of essence-of-life piece which I wanted to evoke a lot of images of life and color. It’s a celebration of both the ease of creation: being thrust into the world, seemingly from nothing, and of the intense concentration and intentionality of living. There is the…

Two Dancers in an Abandoned Warehouse

  Filming and Editing by Amber Boyer Dancers: Vanessa Finnegan and Corin Diaz Musicians in Background: Grayson Edwards, Sean Mahoney, and Corin Diaz

Body and Soul

People tend to believe that the eyes are the window to the soul, but what if you could feel your soul in your fingertips? in your knees? I have come to realize that dance is about taking this lump of flesh that so often, perhaps without even knowing, we see as a vessel, a temple…

Dance Exploration

Exploration is at the heart of “good” dance. Yes. There is such a thing as good and bad dance. There is so much more to it than good and bad, black and white, but like any instrument there is technique not just to movement but to exploration. You have to know how to be free….

Haunting Voice-Inspired Improv

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with some close friends and talented artists improvising in an abandoned building. This specific clip of dance was inspired by the haunting voice improvisation in the background, sung by music and voice student artist Corin Diaz. Art breeds art.

Dance Film

Dance Film is an interesting art. It breaks the laws of real time transitions that dancing with a body in front of an audience requires an artist to adhere to. You might dance in front of an audience (I.E. The Camera) for hours over the course of days or weeks, but the “dance” is only…