How to Map Your Music (so you can always find your way)
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How to Map Your Music (so you can always find your way)

It’s important for us to understand the meaning of lyrics in songs we dance on. It’s important to understand the cultural relevance of things like improvisation ad micromovement. Knowing these things makes our dance better, more nuanced, more authentic. It’s also important to understand the structure of our music–so we don’t get lost, so we…

How to Chart the Music (so you always know where you are)
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How to Chart the Music (so you always know where you are)

There are a lot of ways to chart music. The most standard is proper written music with staff lines and notes. But most of us can’t sight-read music, and besides, as dancers, we don’t need to see the notes–we need the space to write what we’re going to do. There are many methods of doing…

How the Breath Factor reduces stress (it’s all in your spine…)

How the Breath Factor reduces stress (it’s all in your spine…)

Breath is pretty miraculous–it keeps us alive, for one. And it helps us thrive. A physical therapist was telling me about a mutual friend who was depressed, sitting home staring at the TV. She burst out, “The sympathetic nervous system runs down either side of the spine. You can google sympathetic chain,” she added. “You’ll…

The Difference Between Private and Public Dance (and why we need both)
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The Difference Between Private and Public Dance (and why we need both)

This may seem pretty obvious, but somehow it isn’t.  I’m sitting on my couch with my bare feet up on the coffee table, laptop balanced on my lap, lol. I do a LOT of writing like this. My hair is awry. The eyeliner I put on this morning for a meeting is now largely under…