I hope you’re having a great spring thus far! Things have be hopping here, and I wanted to share two quick highlights:
In April, I had the pleasure of teaching and lecturing at the dance festival at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV. I went into the festival not knowing the D&E faculty or any of the guest teachers who were participating. I was blown away. This small school brought in a roster of faculty who teach at the international level. The festival celebrated a cross section of American dance:
Classes ranged from ballet and modern, to tap, various forms of hip-hop (breaking, Memphis Jooking, locking), flatfooting, swing, Lindy, and blues dance. There were workshops on African drumming, and playing for square and contra dancing. I taught a Limon class, and gave a lecture on Katherine Dunham. I came away artistically inspired, and ready to pursue some unexpected new research….and I definitely hope to return to Elkins next year.
Later in the month, I also served on the artist selection panel for Baltimore’s AKIMBO 2015 site-specific dance festival. An incredibly diverse range of artists submitted materials, which made our selection process a robust experience! It’s hard to believe what Baltimore has experienced just in the short time since I was there two weeks ago. But, by the time the festival occurs in September, I am hopeful that the thoughtful / thought-provoking work that AKIMBO’s artists present might serve in the city’s healing process.
The next six weeks for me are all about rehearsals, and planning this summer’s series of improvisation and choreography workshops.