Example 1. A peace wall still divides the city of Belfast in two, as a physical insistence of societal difference. Only recently are pieces of the peace wall starting to be knocked down, mostly due to a lack of diversity caused by living for decades with the wall. “One thing you hear a lot in Protestant communities… Read More


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


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


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


So you think your kids can dance? Yes! Every child should be dancing. And there are so many options. This is just one of them…   I worked (with quoted contributions from several friends) to create this quick guide for you. Actually, this is for myself if I decided to ever teach in a competition studio… Read More


I was in college during the genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia. As a theatre major/dance minor at a liberal arts school who was admittedly immersed in herself, in Millikin-world,  in a strong education and new ways of thinking, I barely remember the news. Class assignments and rehearsals and flirting and friendships all took priority of my… Read More


My parents did everything they could to make it financially possible for me to dance growing up in an increasingly expensive sector. They made sacrifices and worked multiple jobs. I am an only child. When I was 15, I had the opportunity to attend a summer training opportunity in the Edge studio in LA. I… Read More


“8 Cops, 1 Homeless Man, 46 Bullets” “Two Years Later, No Charges” These are two headlines about an incident in my hometown, Saginaw, Michigan. But we will get to that town later. I have never seen a human being die in front of me. I have been around death and dying, have attended funerals for… Read More