A friend let me know that Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina was planning a Peace March on the Magnificent Mile this New Year’s Eve at 11am. Six buses of parishioners and volunteers had come from the South Side church. One volunteer named Greg Zanis created the nearly 800 crosses in honor of those killed in 2016 in Chicago due… Read More


Dear 2017, This weekend you will take your very first breaths. On your first day, I will slow and sit down, hold you to my chest, and wait until my breathing is synched perfectly with yours.  You are born innocent, but much damage was done by 2016. You, sweet one, are born addicted to self-righteousness. Although we acknowledge this… Read More


I am launching a new project with partners in Flint, MI and we really need your help. Global Water Dances (GWD) illuminates water issues through the art of dance and takes place in over 80 cities on six continents on the same day. Global Water Dances has had a vibrant history for seven years. We… Read More


Ever since returning to the States last year after a few years abroad, I have found myself surprised, more than once, by the direction of dance education in America. The level of virtuosity in dance has exploded in wonderful ways and I am struggling to keep up as a teacher. Several dance costuming companies have pulled… Read More


  In Egypt during most of their demonstrations 2011-2014, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, dancers, actors, performance artists, creative writers, and visual artists were out in force. I witnessed these artists leading, comforting and inspiring those gathered. Farmers became impromptu artists, creating installations. Visual artists collaborated on an instrumental  wall of street art. A pop-up museum was created by citizens… Read More


I was struggling to breathe. Wherein I had been worried for months that Trump would find a sneaky way to win, I had been reassured it was impossible. I had spent the day in a pantsuit applauding Hillary Rodham Clinton’s great assets and potential. And here I was on my couch witnessing a presidential ticket which… Read More


Last week while at the National Dance Education Organization Conference, I realized we attendees were just a sliver of dance education and were not talking about the field and its actual scope. Many tracks were not present. In addition, we never addressed the issue that students cross and combine tracks; I talked to some of… Read More


Since writing Am I a Dancer Who Gave Up? three years ago, I have been floored and humbled by the flow of messages I continue to receive from around the world, from age 12 to 62. The most common responders are current or recently graduated undergrads; their most common inquiry is How do I start a career… Read More


Rough, Rough World. This hour is rocking us. Before we can help this situation, we need to do one thing. Time to get outraged, or mad, or fearful, or deeply sad. Cry like a baby. Any emotion will work as long as we each choose the healthiest option for ourselves and feel that feeling to… Read More


  Students around the world are facing academic exam season. While they search out strategies to deal with the anxieties of those tests, my mother and so many others are facing the anxieties of major medical tests. The parallels between the two situations are strong, yet for supporters of test-takers, one has the optimism is… Read More