the journey to [insert title here]

This semester I had a dream. I wanted to make a new quartet exploring themes of categorization and quantification. It would be rigorous yet somehow still messy and human. I had A LOT of complicated conceptual ideas, some juicy movement, four talented and eager undergraduates as well as a brilliant dramaturg (theater PhD student). I also wanted the dance to be responsive to the audience: kind of … Continue reading the journey to [insert title here]

Snapshot: Tuesday April 4, 2017

6:45am Foam Roller-ing and Pilates 8:35am Pedagogy: Presentation from colleagues on Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed – largely a seminar-style class discussion methods for applying the model to studio dance classes. Fascinating and complex – a lot to unpack. 10:30am Partnering Master Class with Tiffany Mills: An OSU MFA alumna, Mills has a company in NYC and stopped by to offer a partnering class … Continue reading Snapshot: Tuesday April 4, 2017

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host – a brief description

As part of my History/Theory/Literature of Postmodernism class with Dr. Hannah Kosstrin we are required to hone our movement description skills through short writing assignments on specific performances. Since I am a big fan of both Monica Bill Barnes and Ira Glass, I was thrilled to write about Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host: Clad in sneakers with costumes that ranged from sequined dresses to … Continue reading Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host – a brief description


This blog is intended to be a reflection of my time in graduate school. But what happens when there is literally no auxiliary time to devote to updating the blog? For now, snapshots: one day, one list, no omissions. Tuesday February 28 7:15am Pilates workout 8:35am Pedagogy: Discussion of program assessment and goals within a department, program and course 10:30am Ballet: Skill-building barre, rewarding adagio, … Continue reading Snapshot

Graduate School = Dance Artist Bootcamp

Many people told me that graduate school would be difficult. I was prepared for difficult. Other people told me that it would be exhausting. I was prepared for exhausting. Those same people also mentioned that it was likely to be rigorous. I was prepared for rigorous. And then I got here and I realized that being prepared in a city you know, surrounded by a … Continue reading Graduate School = Dance Artist Bootcamp

The forest and the trees

About a year ago, just as I was beginning to apply for graduate school, a wonderful young choreographer named Antonia Z Brown decided to interview me for a series she was curating on an arts blog. Here’s a quote from that interview (I was responding to a question on how I define success for myself as an artist): As for internal success, I’ll talk about … Continue reading The forest and the trees