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Intro 2 Modern

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Engligh version is available on Amazon.com, or via Princeton Book Co.︱published: October 2011 French translation available at Amazon.ca, or via Gremese Editore. (Translator: Laure Valentin)︱published August 2014 Italian Translation available at Amazon.it, or via Grimes Editore (Translator: M. Paolucci) | published February 2016

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Where the Gate Swings Open, and Bottles Hang from Trees

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During the Spring 2016 semester at Lake Superior State University, I collaborated with my colleagues Mary McMyne (creative writing) and Lloyd Eddy (visual arts) on an interdisciplinary project that involved students from my choreography course, Mary’s creative writing course, and one of Lloyd’s advanced art courses. The resulting projects were then featured on our main […]

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Appalachia, Rising

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Appalachia, Rising (excerpt) Opus No.: 88. Music: traditional bluegrass, traditional gospel, F. Chopin. Genre/Cast Size: contemporary, eight dancers. Location & Date: Lake State Dance Theatre | 2016 I made Appalachia, Rising for the dance minors at Lake Superior State University. It premiered on the Spring 2016 dance concert.

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Italian Translation Released in Feb.

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I am pleased to announce that the Italian translation of Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques was released last month. I am grateful to the folks at Gremese Editore for their continued support (they published the French translation as well). The Italian version is available from the Gremese website, or from Amazon.it as well.

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Dance, Community, and the Joy of Creativity

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Every summer, I try to participate in some kind of event or program that places dance in the community (and ideally in public spaces). It’s always exciting to introduce movement to folks who’ve never danced, and I love the reactions when people stumble on dance in unexpected spaces. While it’s a bonus when someone responds […]

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Keep Trying

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When measuring your own success against that of others, just remember: JFK, Jr. failed the New York State bar exam twice before passing the third time. The only way to succeed, is to keep trying.

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May 2015 Bulletin

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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 […]

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October 2014 Bulletin

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This month’s bulletin arrives a few days late as I was in residence at Wilson College in Pennsylvania last week…which must be one of the most beautiful college campuses in the US! During my residency, I gave two dance history lectures (on Katherine Dunham, and Kurt Jooss), taught four technique classes, coached three choreography labs, […]

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Overdue

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It’s time to move past competitions like So You Think You Can Dance and put concert dance back on TV.