I haven’t written an udate post in a while and so much has happened over the past month so…..
I am so excited to be back in New York and working with Keigwin +Co. HOWEVER, earlier this year, my good friend Owen Scarlett and I drove from Newark, NJ to LA California on a three week teaching tour across America. We stayed with our friends across the country and taught as we went. I loved getting to see good friends (some of which have been in my life over a decade) and students I haven't seen in years. I've learned and taken away so much over that three weeks journey and wanted to share a couple with you...
First, dancers are incredible and they are creating great work anywhere and everywhere. I’ve had this idea in my head that you can only be a successful dancer if you live in Chicago, New York, or LA. I am SOOO wrong. The work people are creating in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Nashville is incredible. These dance artists are bringing dance to people who haven’t been smacked in the face with dance performances and are manifesting incredible lives for themselves. They’ve inspired me more than they know.
The other thought I’ve taken away is how incredible my dance studio families are. Seeing so many familiar faces at MetDance, Studio One AZ, and Artifact Dance Project studios made the whole trip worthwhile. They were all beautiful reunions that reminded me of how far I have come as a teacher, but more so how far the students I have taught over the past decade have come.
Aside from that, I am grateful for Millennium Dance Complex Las Vegas and Live Arts LA for taking a chance on me and allowing me to teach a pop up class. I have never taught there prior to this trip and they both welcomed me in as one of their own.
I AM SO GRATFUL FOR ALL OF MY FRIENDS WHO OPENED UP THEIR HOMES AND SUPPORTED THIS TOUR BY COMING TO CLASS…. I can never thank you enough.
Special thanks to Owen, John and Cody, Elisa and Glena, James, Mom, Marlana, Yonk, Gianni, Belle, Drew, Christie, Rachael, the Beatles Love crew, Ashley and Claire, Met toos, and everyone else who touched my heart on this trip.
So whats next…?. I’m currently in NYC rehearsing for K+C Celebrates Bernstein! We leave for tour in less than a week and will be coming to California, Colorado, and South Dakota in the coming weeks! Click here for the full details and tour dates.