As I’m watching the show this week, my housemate comes up to me and starts our common bashing of the show after we hear Nigel talk about technique and pointed feet like the two are mutually exclusive to each other. But this time, I was like, “ Nah, stop it, I’m too tired to be [...]
So You Think You Can Dance has strutted its way back onto the mainstream airway's stage for another Summer of dramatic and duet-filled dancing. The shows 12th season premiered Monday, June 1st, bringing back much of the same, but also incorporating a huge new twist! (Don't get fooled by the exclamation point, I'm really not that excited [...]
In a time period where the word "basic" is used to describe people as shallow or dull, I have recently experienced numerous situations that reminded me of how valuable being a slave to the basics can be. I consider the first level of mastery in any art form, and maybe even in any profession, to [...]
This past semester I was honored to give a talk about passion to a group of undergraduate students at The Ohio State University through an event called "What's Your Number" hosted by Vanessa Scott. Through this event, I was reminded of how powerful testimonies can be. Sometimes, it is not about preaching what others should [...]
This post is a shout out to two good friends- Tine Salling and Jordan Brillantes. For the past year, we have connected through our love of dance- specifically House dance. They are literally the most beastly movers I've had the pleasure of being friends with and, fortunately, they're just as good, if not better, people (which can [...]
This process with Sarah has been short but so enriching. Solely noticing the difference in preferences as movers, I would never guess that we would have so much in common as people! Because of our strong similarities and differences, however, we’re able to constantly grow and sharpen each other both inside and outside of the studio! This process has been a great exemplification of a cherished friendship!
Note: As part of my final project for Bodies on the Line, a graduate seminar taught by Dr. Harmony Bench in the Department of Dance at OSU, I’m documenting the process of creating a series of duets that address repetition, interchangeability, translation as commentary, and the body as an archive. You can view all of the blogs in this series here.
In my first post, I discussed the background, methodology, and goals for my duet project, and introduced a bit of the theory behind the project. In mid-March, I held my first rehearsal with Quilan Arnold, a 2nd Year MFA in the Department of Dance.
Part of what prompted my project was Anna Deveare Smith’s performance Crossing the Lines at the Hemispheric Institute’s annual seminar in 2002. Smith is known for her embodiment of others’ experiences through her one-woman shows, in…
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After a few years of teaching Hiphop dance, I've come to realize how complex the form is. I constantly push myself to find creative ways to break down the fundamentals of Hiphop dance, and I can tell you that transferring the basics to the average student is a difficult thing to do. I've found that there are [...]
"Ain't a way around it no more, I am the greatest A lotta niggas sat on the throne, I am the latest I am the bravest, go toe to toe with the giants I ain't afraid of you niggas, I'll end up fading you niggas... We all kings Kings of ourselves first and foremost While [...]
Over the past few days I have been listening to a podcast series called "The Overwhelmed Brain" by Paul Colaianni. The episodes consist of interviews that discuss ways in which people develop their minds in order to achieve their definition of success. I found the podcast in a general attempt to find multiple sources that [...]