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….

FAST: Finding Answers, Seeking Truth

I keep trying to simplify my diet and body care practices.  Sometimes, they get simplified for me. Every January, my church participates in a fast (with many options to accommodate lifestyles and health needs).  The idea of a fast, is not about going without something so much as making as much room as possible for…

ROI

Rather than setting resolutions, last year I identified a couple ideas or themes to explore in my life. For 2015, I identified a personal and physical concept. Personally, I sought to deeply focus on relationships. Physically, I investigated circulation. Relationships. I’ve had some great friendships, significant others, and wonderful times with family. I’ve had some…

A new kind of candy corn

Fall. Pumpkin Spice lattes. Pumpkin cheesecake. Butternut Squash bisque. Halloween. Candy. Candy. Candy. I’ve not been one to flip out over “seasonal” foods because I don’t really enjoy them.  My body definitely does not enjoy processing them.  I began more fully appreciating fall once I began eating more seasonally, with the help of food co-ops…

So long sugar

In the last two years, I’ve been exploring a life without processed foods, specifically sugar.  The journey began by doing a 30 day Green Smoothie challenge – one smoothie a day.  I found GreenSmoothieGirl but there are many green smoothie advocates out there.  After those thirty days, I found a new enjoyment of greens…spinach, swiss…

Anna’s Americana

A company that’s making it work: Anna’s Americana by the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble on December 4th provided a glimpse into Anna Sokolow’s investigation of the human condition in the intimate space of The Theater at the 14th Street Y. Alan Danielson’s Are We There Yet (2000) accompanied three works by Sokolow, Preludes (1984), Homage to Edgar Allan Poe (1993), and Frida (1997). Directed by longtime Sokolow…

Not all who wander are lost

Jessica Lang Dance premiered The Wanderer at BAMFisher in a wintery diorama that showcased Artistic Director and Choreographer Jessica Lang’s comprehensive design. Starting a few minutes late on Friday, December 5th allowed time to observe the stage. Five white trees made of coiled rope hung from the ceiling, four white ledges protruded from one wall, a white ladder dangled…

BWW Reviews: The Flames of Paris

Mikhailovsky Ballet paid homage to universal struggles for justice in their opening performance of The Flames of Parisat the Koch Theater, Friday, November 15th. Originally created to mark the 15th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, The Flames of Paris as a narrative succeeded because it appealed to the people (any people group experiencing the desperate, unifying force of oppression) while…

WAVE RISING – Cycling the Tide

No ghouls or ghosts in Program C at John Ryan Theater in the annual Wave Rising Series, although the three piece program had its share of tricks, treats, and characters. Deviated Theatre’s The Short Forever presented aerialists in its dance opera; The People Movers Not So Shiny bicycle jaunt dwelt on the meaning of success;…