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…

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…