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…

Those Who Can’t Do, Teach

I’m sitting with friends in the recording room of Sweet Briar College’s music department trying to decide which of our many old projects to pick up and start work on. Since I began teaching 7th grade English this August, I haven’t touched any real art. With this breath of freedom we have, ironically due to…

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…

The Fire that Drives me

I have had an amazingly inspiring week in Australia so far, and it has spurred up many feelings and thoughts. My dance professors often tell me that whether I will make it as a dancer depends on if I have “the fire” or not, the passion and drive. They say this as experienced professionals who…

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…