Crossing boundaries, pt. 1

One of my biggest motivations in life is pushing into new territory. I love to learn new things, to push past physical limitations, and even to challenge my own perceptions. This is not always easy, but it is important for me and I find it intrinsically rewarding. I don’t need another reason beyond doing or […]

Retreating into technique

I’ve not posted much of late. I’ve even grown derelict in posting images on my Instagram account. I’m still doing something dance-related (more-or-less) every day. But what I’m doing is simply my personal technique practice. Repeated photos of the same DVDs or class or studio seem… less than compelling shall we say. While I am […]

Loving dance

The lines at the beginning of the first story in The History of (my) Dance are: I love to dance. I always have. Dancing makes me happy in a way that nothing else does…. I dance all the time. I do have a day job. But most of my vacation, weekends, and evenings (along with […]

Dance Everyday: an Invitation

I recently gave myself a challenge: do something dance-related everyday. That can mean many things: Attending class Reading a book to affect stagecraft Watching videos for inspiration Performing Working out with performance enhancement in mind Costuming The list is endless. But mindfully engage in an activity related to my dance. And document it. I chose to […]

Daily practice or Jumping back on the wagon

Sometimes your daily practice gets sidelined. Perhaps you’ve been sick. Maybe you’ve done a different practice, such as attended a dance intensive workshop. Perhaps you’ve created and performed a show about the history of your dance. Any of these would be a good reason for temporarily letting go of your regular daily practice. In my […]

Space

I’ve just spent the past week in the middle of the desert in northern New Mexico on a dance retreat with Mira Betz. Mira offers many types of intensives, and I’ve enjoyed them all. But her retreats are my favorites. Mornings give me a chance for some awesome fusion drilling and technique work. Afternoons and […]

Beginning Again

There’s a novelty in beginnings with new things to learn and discover. The pressure felt by the expert is gone. You can rediscover your missing sense of wonder and accomplishment. There are new angles and approaches to life that you may have missed. I have gone back to the beginning. I’ve started taking 2 beginning […]

Tree of (my) Art

Coming back from burnout is a hard road. I’m coming to terms with the fact that my art and “enjoyment” of it had become intrinsically tied only to external measures of success. And in my head, only near sellout shows would qualify. Never mind that I choose to work a day job so commercial success […]

Aspiration Versus Inspiration

I have been struggling to get my workouts and drills in lately. I’ve had some success with the exercise of  walking my dogs, but that’s because the puppy is a big ball of energy until he flops over at night, and he’s much more pleasant to be around when he’s had his exercise. Beyond this […]