Me, too

You can’t sexually harass or assault someone just a little.

What I Remember

Martha Graham said that “the body never lies.” She built her technique and vocabulary on contractions. That is what my body involuntarily, automatically did upon entering my former dance teacher’s home. My dad caught the Roanoke Times update, so my mom and I stopped by Saturday afternoon. Everything was up for auction to support her…

Icebreakers

What would you do differently/more of if you weren’t afraid of being judged?

Lost & Found

I’ve been thinking about investments. This election brought up a lot of questions and concerns about our identity as a country. The implications of that are huge and overwhelming for me, so I scale those questions to the micro-level as they manifest in my immediate sphere. A recently heard definition of integrity keeps coming to…

L-O-V-E

L is for the way you look at me O is for the only one I see V is very, very extraordinary E is even more than anyone that you adore can ~recorded by Nat King Cole in 1965, composed by Bert Kaempfert, lyrics by Milt Gabler. Last year in my annual New Year’s post,…

Every 28 Hours

This afternoon I attended an open rehearsal for Penn State’s presentation of The Every 28 Hours Plays.  The work’s title refers to the statistic that every 28 hours a person of color is a victim of systemic violence.  Structurally, the work consists of one-minute plays grouped together with an ensemble cast utilizing spoken text, song,…

It’s on Us: Art and Advocacy

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The turbulence of social issues swirling around the upcoming presidential election include gender-bashing, body-shaming, and objectifying women. We are asking a lot of questions about our world. Why are so many people hurting? How do people make decisions, especially decisions to hurt or oppress others? What can we do…

Society of Dance History Scholars

The Society of Dance History Scholars’ Special Topics Conference, Contemporary Ballet: Exchanges, Connections, and Directions, gathered an international cohort of scholars, artists, and educators in New York City on May 20-21, 2016. Curators Jill Nunes Jensen of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel of the Royal Academy of Dance in London initially…

We Are is not who I am

It’s a little later than usual for my annual post on the Hokie Nation. As we approach nearly a decade since that heartbreaking day, there have been and will continue to be twists and turns in the healing process. You see, last year, I had a break through. I thought, maybe, finally, I was there….