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…

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…

Pretending (written in 2011)

The dragonfly door knocker you bought falls five times hard, And you wait outside the house you are no longer welcome. Frantic children crawl across the floor inside. Your paranoid outlook has rubbed off on them, No matter how often they deny it. This is not the first time they have peered out the window…

Breaking Silence in the Night

An old poem of mine dug up today: Breaking silence in the Night “I need to be with other people” I understood I accepted I was fine How could I be fine? I should have been cut It should have hurt I wasn’t surprised Almost as if I had already known Or felt the same…

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.

Loyal (Fantastic Fiction)

In a large, grassy yard with lots of kids of different ages an old woman directs us in a game of limbo. This is some sort of family reunion/ neighborhood get together and I think this woman is my great aunt. Everyone here is from my father’s side of the family or friends of the…

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…

Sharing Social Dance to Break the Ice

Today I found myself thinking back to the best part of this past summer which I spent in Australia at the Dance and the Child International conference. One of the most amazing moments happened on the very first day. All of the dance groups were gathered in one area waiting for the opening ceremonies and…

From Down and Out, Straight Home

I’m visiting my family home in New Jersey for the first time since last winter. The house is up for sale right now, my father being the only person left living here. He, myself and my sisters all agreed last year that it would be best to sell the place so that we could all…