Friday, April 3, 2020

The beat goes on

A million thanks to the organizations and individuals who are offering their gifts and talents to the virtual world during these times.

In dance there are a range of opportunities for folks to take class from their isolated locations. These platforms are just a few of the many that are offering a range of dancing opportunities - from Ballet to Bollywood and House to Horton techniques:

Dancing Alone Together
Dance for PD (Dance classes for folks with Parkinson's Disease go live from Brooklyn!)

Stay tuned for more...!

Dance where you can! Photo by Justin King

Let the music play...!

Paul Fejko (dear friend and collaborator) is hosting virtual concerts from Andre's Acoustique Cafe. Follow Paul on Facebook or check them out on your own time here. 

The Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest in conjunction with the Berks Arts Council has postponed their live 30th anniversary Festival, but they're going virtual! Check out their virtual concerts here.

Paul Fejko's virtual concerts

Monday, March 30, 2020

I grieve for... I'm grateful for...

How are you?

I have to admit, I've been simultaneously motivated to try and figure out what I can do and paralyzed. What can I do?

Scott Berinato, writing for the Harvard Business Review, reminds us that we will be feeling grief during this time. And to honor that. There is much to grieve.

But I also believe that there is much for which to be grateful. Even when we are immediately (or for the foreseeable future) struggling.

In the moments when I'm down, I've begun a practice. I state the things for which I'm grieving, mourning, and fear.

Having acknowledged them, I can also state things for which I'm grateful, even if they're in the past.

For example, I'm grieving a chance to explore my creative process with other dancers in the studio. But, I'm grateful that we re-scheduled HOMEbody for February.

I'm grieving physical interaction with folks who have been mentoring me this year. I'm grateful for online practices just as email and Zoom.

I'm grieving the loss of financial and economic security for many of my peers, students, and friends. I'm grateful for independent organizations and individuals who are stepping up to help the arts and the increased awareness of the importance of the gig economy. And... the motivation to do something about these insecurities.

What are you grieving? For what are you grateful?

Pic by Bicking Photography

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Just for Fun - wash your hands! #Covid19

We all need a little bit of Joy and Connection as we navigate our own Kinesthetic experiences. Practice Wellness, friends!

Take care! 

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Tiny dances for new times - Covid19 Creative Challenge 1

Friends, the Covid-19 excitement is presenting challenges for us all. Please stay safe. Please take all precautions recommended by the CDC (or your respective governments if you're reading this outside of the US).

In the meantime, as we're spending more time in one spot, this is an opportunity to be creative!

We'll be developing new habits in the coming days. Let's make them fun!

So... here's my #Covid19CreativeChallenge #Covid19Dance! (Post to social media or just send it out to the Universe. I feel your energy!)

The song "Happy Birthday" is about 4 counts of 8 in 4/4 time. (12345678. 12345678. 12345678. 12345678.) 4/4 time can be described as "walking time;" so, image counting to 8 as you take steps in your natural pace.

Singing "Happy Birthday" twice is the recommended time for washing hands during this time (and probably anytime).


Create a dance that can be done WHILE YOU WASH YOUR HANDS that is 8 counts of 8.

Post it here in the comments or where ever you post with the tags: #covid19dance #danceeverywhere #getcreative #jcwkdancelab

Paul Fejko has created a special version of "Happy Birthday" to get you started:

Check out more of Paul's music by clicking here.

I look forward to seeing your dances! 

Stay tuned for more....!

Sunday, March 8, 2020

March 8, 2020

Happy International Women's Day.

Today it's my wish that we can take pause and remember that we are not alone.

The joys and challenges we face, we face together - as a cohort, as a community, as a partnership, and as a family.

May you be a support. May you find support.

Photo by Ellen Rosenberg Photography

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Continuing the conversation - HOMEbody in Reviews

Thank you, everyone who came to HOMEbody!

I had to close the box office on the morning of the show because we were already sold out. Thank you to the folks who reserved tickets in advance and thank you to the folks who came to the door!

Thank you to everyone for continuing the conversations of HOMEbody in your feedback and through the reviews.

I'm grateful for each of these reviews because they allow the conversation of HOMEbody to continue in the public view. So much of these stories don't get to have a public conversation... thank you!!

Thank you, Lewis Whittington and for recognizing that "the dance is the things that ultimately drives it all home."

Read more of Lew's addition to this conversation here. 

Melissa Strong from The Broad Street Review had a plethora of experiences within the performance that she details in her review.  Thanks, Melissa, for accepting the challenge of embodying your own home and experiencing your own story through "visually appealing and whole-hearted dancing... HOMEbody was thoughtfully conceived and skillfully performed".

"Home is when we breathe together," reflects ThINKingDANCE author Leslie Bush. "HOMEbody is a piece that abstracts and distills its central concept" Bush writes.

"There is a language in HOMEbody, even if I can't decipher it. I'm okay with this; I know I'm seeing someone's idea of home and that is enough." ~Leslie Bush

Photo by Juliana Wall Photography

Saturday, February 22, 2020

HOMEbody 022220 - things to know before you go

Dear Friends,

We're so excited to see you tonight!

Here are some things to know before you go:

1. Where is the show?
KYL/D's CHI Movement Arts Center in South Philly. The address is 1316 S 9th St Philadelphia, PA 19147.

2. How do I get there?
Here's a link with directions to CHI Mac. Click the link and scroll to the bottom of the page.

3. Is there parking?
There's free, on-street parking. If you're driving, please allow extra time to find a spot.

4. How long is the show?
The performance is 60 minutes without an intermission.

5.  Is there assigned seating?
CHI Mac is an intimate space. There is no assigned seating. Please come early to choose your seat.

6. Are tickets available at the door?
At this point, it looks like we're sold out. Thank you!

7. What time is the performance?

8. Is there someplace to eat/ get a drink in the area?
Yes! There are a lot of places around CHI Mac. Click here to explore the East Passyunk neighborhood. 

9. I'd like to know more about the process!
Please click here for more information about the collaborative team and research process.

Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you tonight!