Monday, August 28, 2023

Dancing for Wellness with Penn State Health

Shout out to our friends at Penn State Health for hosting Rec Fest!

Rec Fest is a day that brings together organizations that provide adaptative movement equipment and opportunities with folks who might need them. 

JCWK Dance Lab shared Dance for Wellness and Dance for Parkinson's Disease demos. 

What Joy! We had so much fun Connecting with new friends through dance and Wellness!

Learn more about Rec Fest: 

Friday, August 4, 2023


 "When was the last time you did something for the first time?" ~John C. Maxwell

Hi, Friend!

Happy August! Summer is coming to a close, but #AugustAdventure is just starting!

To kick off our '23-'24 season, JCWK Dance Lab decided to create a monthly focus which we share on the socials with a hashtag. This is also a way to keep us anchored in our mission of Creating Joy, Connection, and Wellness through Kinesthetic stories. July was #JulyJoy. August is #AugustAdventure. Do you have ideas for other months? Let me know!

Tomorrow (Sunday, August 6), we're embodying the Connection and Kinesthetic stories cornerstones by adventuring to Philadelphia. JCWK Dance Lab is on tour and is co-presenting "Flowing Forms." I'm looking forward to connecting with old friends, meeting new acquaintances, and sharing our latest research. For our next projects, JCWK Dance Lab is investing the science of soil regeneration, biodiversity, and the interconnection between humans and nature. Pictured above is a performance of "Inter/Twined" in Reading Public Museum's Arboretum as part of the Reading Theater Project's In Nature's Studio 2023. 

The Broad Street Review previewed "Flowing Forms." Click here to read about the performance. 

Click here for more information and tickets. 

We have more adventures on the horizon this month, including the finale of our pilot modern dance class series, The Greater Reading Area Dance Exchange on, and regional wellness festivals. 


What was #JulyJoy? 

Click here for a short video about the start of our hashtag challenge. 

July 23, I co-directed RTP's In Nature's Studio. JCWK Dance Lab partnered to present this special event. It was a great Joy to Connect with local actors, musicians, painters, and dancers through this platform. Click here to watch a short behind the scenes video. 

Barrio Alegria invited JCWK Dance Lab to participate in their annual Storytelling through Dance performance. Pictured is JCWK Dance Lab artist Cady Monasmith. The performance was on the steps of the Reading Public Library. Reading more about it here. 

I piloted a 5-week Modern Dance class series in partnership with Alvernia University to measure interest for ongoing classes. The outpouring of interest has been a huge part of my personal #JulyJoy. All of the classes have been full and other folks have written that the timing didn't work out, but are interested in future classes. Read more here. 

Dance artists Sarena Gable and Arielle Ridley joined me in leading Dance for Parkinson's classes around Berks County. Click here to watch a short video about Dance for Wellness. 

Long-time Philly artist, Charles Tyson and I re-Connected for's Dance Talk Radio. Listen to the podcast here. 

When you catch us at a Wellness Festival, we'll ask you to add to our "Joy Board". Watch this video to see how folks at the Encompass Summer Resource Fair Connect with Joy.