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2015 has been a very exciting year in dance for me. It marked my return to the stage as a dancer for Heather Brown at the 3rd Life Choreographers’ Series in Somerville, MA. This summer I attended the Bill Evans Teaching Intensive where I continued to hone my craft by studying technique with Bill Evans, Bartenieff Fundamentals with Peggy Hackney, and Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement with Suzie Lundgren. It was an amazing experience which has inspired me to pursue my teacher certification in Feldenkrais in 2017.
I also attended the Southern Vermont Dance Festival where I taught contemporary ballet, took a number of classes, and saw some fantastic choreography. I am looking forward to returning in summer 2016 to teach and learn, and am aiming to bring my company, Freedom Dances, to perform some of my works. In September I also participated as a choreographer in Luminarium Dance Company’s 24 Hour Choreofest at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, which led to the creation of a new work entitled, Step Forward Good Neighbors.
I am most excited to have started presenting work again in Boston and Providence this year. I am thrilled to be working with some fabulous dancers and creating new work. Heather Brown and I have joined forces to present a January 2016 concert of our respective choreography through a production residency granted by AS220 in Providence, which we are calling Past Forward in Reverse.
I continue to teach at The Dance Academy and South County Movement Center, and have started teaching ballet and pointe at Dance Extensions, as well. I was honored to be commissioned to create contemporary ballet works on the students of The Dance Academy for the Regional Youth America Grand Prix 2015 and 2016.
I am passionate about the art of teaching dance. I have found that through my own struggles of crafting my technique that it is of vital importance to work with each student’s instrument differently in order to guide her toward becoming the best dancer she can be. Some students learn by doing, other by watching, hearing the music, counting, or perhaps by metaphor or imagery. I enjoy the journey of finding what works for each individual dancer. It’s a mutually rewarding moment when the student grasps a concept and has that ah-ha moment, it is a great joy.
I am available for private tutoring, master classes, guest choreography, and rehearsal coaching.
Here are some of my favorite dance quotes:
Dance is the only art wherein we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made. Ted Shawn
Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people. Alvin Ailey
I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find for words. Ruth St. Denis
photo by: Robert C. Coghill