Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Dancing in the Community

Join me tonight on for the second episode of The Greater Reading Area Dance Exchange! I'll be talking to Barrio Alegria, a community organization using a variety of art forms to create positive social change! 

Click here to access's live streaming platform. Click "Watch Now" and then select "".

See you at 6pm!

But, if you missed the show, you can view it through's YouTube channel! Click play below:

Monday, September 27, 2021

Thank you, Harvest Moon!

Thank you to everyone who celebrated the astronomical calendar's harvest moon with JCWK Dance Lab's Harvest Moon! 

I'll be processing over the next few weeks and have the opportunity to share this research, again - in a new way - at the National Dance Education Organization's National Conference. I'm excited to look at the data, unpack feedback, and reflect on this journey. 

In the meantime, here are the additional two poems that were created as part of the audience engagement experience. 

From 9/20, the actual Full Moon

From 9/25:


Sunday, September 19, 2021

The Harvest Moon Rises

 Harvest Moon - JCWK Dance Lab's virtual event - opened last night. 

After a series of dance films, the audience collaborated on a Group Poetry Creation led by Dr. Phillip Tietbohl from Poetry that Works. The poem was in reflection of the films. 

Here is what the audience developed, together:

Dr. T created the images with the text from the Group Poem. 

Tonight, Alvernia University Theatre's Dr. Nathan Thomas is facilitating a more traditional audience/ artist talk back. Harvest Moon continues on 9/20, 9/24, 9/25, and 9/26 with different audience engagement opportunities each night. 

To join the experience, please click here. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Reach for the Moon


"Reach for the Moon...
even if you miss, you'll be among the stars."

Happy September! When was a time that you reached for the Moon? 

Nine months ago, dance artists Sarena Kabakoff and Kalila Kingsford Smith supported me in reaching for the Moon. The pandemic, isolation, and the darkness of winter prompted me to create light in the only way I know how. I needed to create a small community and I needed to create a dance. 

What started as a small, personal prompt has turned into a creative community collaborative experiment. In January, engineer/ psychologist/ poet Dr. Phillip Tietbohl allowed us to use his poem "Full Moon" for inspiration. 

In February, long-time collaborator Paul Fejko granted me permission to use his music for that first dance film which premiered in the Reading Theater Project's 5-Minute Fringe and the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange's Virtual Dance Exposure. (Thank you, Paul, RTP, and LVDE!).

In March, I reached for the Moon again and approached Jill Haley about creating music for the project. (Thank you Jill!) I dreamed about a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) experiment that became Harvest Moon. Jill, Sarena, Kalila and I dove more deeply into lunar cycles and celestial patterns, Zoom and internet technology, film making, and gravitational forces through movement, music, imagery, and metaphor. 

Reading Musical Foundation provided us with a special projects grant for Jill's music. (Thank you Reading Musical Foundation!)

By April, we had created two dance films and in May, began exploring how to create a digital, immersive audience experience. Dr. Nathan Thomas and Dr. Tietbohl agreed to lead two different audience engagement models as part of the full performance experience. 

In June, I committed Harvest Moon to the FringeArts Fringe Festival. 

July and August continued rehearsals, research, and film making. 

And now it's September. It's time for the lunar and virtual Harvest Moon. 

Please join us for an experimental evening of music, dance, film, and audience engagement. Dr. Tietbolh will lead a Group Poetry Creation after the live-streamed dance films on 9/18, 9/20, and 9/25. Dr. Thomas will lead a more traditional talk-back on 9/19, 9/24, and 9/26. 

Tickets are pay-what-you-wish and are available by clicking here. You'll get links to both the live-stream and the following Zoom experience when you purchase your ticket. 

Thank you for sharing this dream!