- Following my retirement in 2007 after twenty years service to the University in the Duke University Dance Program, Durham, NC, I send hearty GREETINGS from my current home base, in Lynchburg, Virginia.
- Plans during my break include a return visit to New York and my favorite company, The Limón Dance Company, for rehearsals to perform once again in a favorite work, The Moor’s Pavane. The event will take place on February 17, 2006 at Duke, in Page Auditorium. I look forward to dancing with Roxane D’Orleans Juste, Jonathan Reidel, and, of course, Carla Maxwell. My former Desdemona, Jennifer Scanlon, will rehearse us—it already feels good! More later on this event…
- Also, during my year off from Duke, I look forward to teaching at a few other chosen venues including Rhode Island College, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Sweet Briar College, Boston Conservatory, and in NYC. I also will remount some of the Limón works on companies around the country, and especially llok forward to working together with Sarah Stackhouse on a remount of José’s The Traitor.
- FYI: My studio work (technique) or, as I prefer to call it, exploration of movement, continues to stress the use of the whole body as organism, and, in this, focus on the endless duet that it has with space. Emphases are on: functional alignment and the varying degrees of effort used in its maintenance in motion through space; rhythm as an impetus for movement; use of breath and physical weight in movement; clarity of intent—going the mile—“dance, facilitating the dance" of one’s choice, dance that I call “permanent-wave” modern dance. By-products of the work are: deeper awareness—both of self, as well as the space around us—increased strength, flexibility, coordination, and a larger movement vocabulary from which to choose for one's own use.
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