The Noblest Art

The noblest art is that of making others happy – P.T. Barnam  I have been told that I take life very seriously. I believe that this is something my close friends admire in me, and I believe it to be a very important virtue that I want others to emulate. I believe that there are…

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…

Is Burlesque Art?

This past weekend I attended my first ever burlesque show. However, far from women in peacock feathers kicking in a line, this show was what they call “Neo” Burlesque. The performance was  pre-cursed with an overview of what the host and burlesque teacher at Burlesque school Boom Boom Basics, Diana Danger, called “Burletiquette.” She explained…

Dancing in Silence

As a student of dance at Sweet Briar College I was taught my first choreography class by dance educator Ella Magruder using Doris Humphrey’s book Making Dances. What struck me most about the experience of this first class was that she started by having us choreograph to no music! It was a very uncomfortable practice…

Ugly Art

A friend asked me the other day if I thought that dance, like music, contains the possibility of movement that is simply objectively wrong. He said that in music there are certain combinations of notes that are this way. Certainly, there are movements that if done on stage in dance would cause uproar. But before…

Are all Artists Crazy?

It has been said that those with creative genius may be more likely to suffer from mental illness. It has also been said that those with mental illness are more susceptible to the muses of the arts. It appears that it would be difficult if not impossible to prove a link between the two one…

Identifying my Blog Audience

I want the people who read my blog to be awakening artists, educators, and people who intend to have an impact on the world in all sorts of ways. I want them to be anyone who can benefit from keeping the ideals of art (self-expression, the inherent value of all life, celebration, love) in mind….

I Could Die

This is a work in progress. A spoken word piece recorded with a looper. I would potentially play it on the loop and choreograph to it. It is essentially about how when I feel mortal I feel that any sort of Identity can be a cage. There are so many ways to think and be…

We Don’t Believe in Art Because We Don’t Believe in Love

One of my students responded to a journal prompt about art by saying that art is about love. It was a very basic idea; we make art for the people that we love. We might draw something for a friend or craft something for a crush. I think he was onto something. I think art…

Audience: Suspending Disbelief

As a dancer, I’ve performed in front of many audiences. My former dance professors, an older couple who have danced and taught together for decades, tell me that there is an energy the audience gives off. Each audience gives off a different energy, they say, and the feeling that energy gives you when you perform…