Wednesday, February 29, 2012

This is your brain. This is your brain on dance.

Interesting beginning research... something to keep following!

Since we're talking about the dancing brain... let's keep going!
Check out BrainDance by Anne Green Gilbert

I took a workshop with Anne Green Gilbert at the National Dance Educator's Organization's National Conference. She's developed some really interesting research!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Following up...

Bill Hebert's photography:

From Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers at Temple University's Faculty Dance Concert, February.
Excerpt from "Beyond the Bones" to be performed in full at the Painted Bride Arts Center, March 29th-31st

From nEW Festival's Dance House with the Nora Gibson Performance Project, also at the Painted Bride Arts Center, January.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Really excited to be considered a "Philly Favorite"!

Hybridge Arts Collective Presents
In Collaboration with Broad Street Ministry

This month Hybridge Arts Collective serves up a delicious evening of 3 Philly-made dance performances and an emerging spoken word artist, alongside our usual home-cooked meal!

Check out this month’s artists-->

Philly Favorites Lauren Putty and Jessica Warchal-King show all-new dances.

Philly-Newcomer, Laura Ann Samuelson, brings her original choreography to our stage.

Chris Davis will perform his poem "Lion in the Room.”

4 performances and a homemade pasta dinner!
All of this - for only $5. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 7:30pm.


February 27th, 7pm, $5
Broad Street Ministry
315 S. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

for more information or to apply!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers at Temple University

KYL/D is performing an excerpt of "Beyond the Bones" this weekend at Temple University's Faculty Dance Concert.

Friday & Saturday, February 17th & 18th at 7:30pm
Conwell Dance Theatre
on the corner of N Broad and Montgomery


Small things mean a big deal.

I have been teaching dance to members of Alvernia University's Seniors' College. The Seniors' College is a program that provides opportunities for continued learning to Senior Citizens.

The people involved in the Seniors' College are wonderful, adventurous, and exciting!

Today, one of my Senior Dancers told me she did her homework. "There were a bunch of old movies on over the weekend on Turner Classic Movies. With Ethel Merman. I made sure I watched them and I saw some of the steps we're doing!" (I didn't actually assign homework, but I appreciate the connection!)

The objective of this class session is to experience the big Broadway Movie Musicals of the 30's, 40's, and 50's from a kinesthetic perspective. The Senior Dancers provide a unique perspective, having lived through these time periods. Undergraduate students are also dancing in class with the Seniors; there is a cross-generational bridge building, community development, and a service learning component to the course.

After class, another student drops into her chair, slaps her legs, and shakes her head. I watch, slightly worried that I will need to intervene and make sure she is okay. She sighs. "I always feel so much better after this class!"

The power of dance is amazing!

I receive so much joy hearing my students understand and acknowledge the knowledge they are gaining.

In another class, with the undergraduate students, I witness my pedagogical practice re-translated and re-embodied. One student is helping another with a step. He is using my language and my physical cues. I am shocked and humbled to see myself in someone else. Literally. As an educator, I have a huge responsibility to these students. And I am so proud and impressed and humbled that they are engaging so deeply.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Dance for PD in the News!

We've had a lot of exciting events surrounding Dance for PD at the CHI Movement Arts Center, home of Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers in 2012. And it's still early in the year! Thanks to the many dancers who come every week! Thanks to the instructors who are sharing innovative movement practices and developing advanced class work for our dancers' bodies, minds, and spirits! Thank you to our new intern, Kristine! Thank you to our many visitors!

Dance for People with Parkinson's Disease, their family, friends, and caregivers
Every Wednesday from 1:30-2:45pm at the CHI Movement Arts Center, home of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers
1316 South Ninth Street, one block south of Pat's and Geno's cheese steak giants
First class is free!

Ms. Gail and Mr. Bill during class.

Ballet Barre

Every Monday, Friday, and Saturday morning, I lead ballet barre at the Chi Movement Arts Center, home of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. Monday and Friday the class is from 9:30am-10:15am. Saturday, the class is from 10:30-11:15am. I advertise it as "an opportunity to develop classical ballet technique and engage the vertical body in an open, focused environment."

Thanks, Kirsten Kaschock for coming to barre and for sharing this as part of your New Year's journey! In thINKingDANCE, Kirsten wrote:

"I stopped next at Chi Movement (Arts) Center. Kun-Yang Lin dancer Jessica Warchal-King teaches a 45-minute open ballet barre on Friday and Saturday mornings for a mere $5. The barre, well-crafted, was also gentle and loose, with an emphasis on dancers doing what they need to warm their bodies on a cold winter morning. Warchal-King encouraged the use of more contemporary, fluid upper body motions during certain exercises, so that by the end of the hour, my spine felt as articulate as my feet."

Here's to more dance in 2012!