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….

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…

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…

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…

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. BarnamĀ  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…

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….