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A new year

August 30th, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

As the start of a new school year approaches, it looms large. I write lists to clear my brain. Then I have lists, as well as an overloaded brain. Most ominous among my thoughts is “What am I going to teach and how?” In the largest sense.  How am I going to organize everything I […]

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Training the audience

June 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Audience norms are really different, depending on the event.  Golf: total silence for the swing.  Ballet: silence with applause following fantastic turns and jumps.  Modern: silence, even following fantastic turns and jumps. Baseball: general conversation, cell phones & folks hawking food, but don’t disturb your neighbor during a play, and be ready to cheer wildly […]

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Guest voice: Post-performance blues

June 13th, 2009 · Comments Off · Guest Voices

It’s been my hope & intention that this blog might be a means for myself and others to converse with each other from our isolated locations as dance educators.  All for the purpose of sharing ideas, anxieties, questions, solutions, hopes, and humor as we hone our skills for the daily diet of dance we serve.  […]

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RIFed! Dance education loses.

April 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

I thought we were struggling to gain ground, but no, we’re slipping.  Dance in the public schools can ill afford to lose positions, and yet we are. Yesterday a colleague — a fellow member of the DEAW Board and an award-winning teacher– received the shock of a RIF notice (reduction in force) upon arriving at […]

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Conversations with India

January 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

My list of reflect-and-blog-about topics is growing, even as I reflect and blog not at all. Spare time and energy has been spent in conversations with India about my computer. The short story: 1. I moved to a laptop & iTunes sound system two years ago and love it. 2. Don’t buy a Dell computer! […]

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Space — getting along without it

September 28th, 2008 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Dance requires space. Paradoxically, in order to make dance happen at all, dance educators spend a lot of energy trying to convincing people that it can happen in almost no space. And that’s somewhat true… When I taught 6th grade, my students danced between desks and leapt down the hallway between classrooms. On Friday afternoons, […]

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