While most university students are still on winter break, a select group of dancers meets to take class and rehearse. The 13 members of Dancers In Company began rehearsals yesterday for our spring season. The pieces will be performed all around Iowa and the Midwest, on large stages, in elementary schools, and for a range of audiences. We are hoping to tour Veracruz, Mexico as well! The repertory ranges from modern to contemporary ballet.
I just began work on a contemporary ballet duet choreographed by Eloy Barragan. I will also be learning a piece by choreographer Julie Bour, and finishing work on a group piece by Armando Duarte. The repertory is proving to be interesting, challenging, and rewarding.Mark the date on your calendar for the spring show- March 3, 4, and 5th!
The big news here is that I am officially a certified yoga instructor! This week I participated in Tree House Yoga's intensive training program. The program covered a range of topics; from yoga theory and history, alignment and anatomy, sequencing, to yoga therapy and ethics. I am excited to begin teaching classes!
This season I had the opportunity to perform not only in one, but two "Nutcracker" productions. I was featured as the Sugar Plum Fairy for Iowa Dance Theatre in Des Moines, and the Turks and Caicos Friends of the Arts Foundation on the island of Providenciales.
For me, Nutcracker has always been inseparable from holiday celebrations, but it was especially pertinent this year. I not only returned as a featured guest artist to a stage I grew up on, but also was part of the first Nutcracker ever performed on the island of Provo. Both were delightful experiences~ almost as sweet as dancing sugar plums.
This fall I had the unique opportunity to be in a collaborative dance and theater piece, created and directed by Martha Clarke. The piece, "In the Night," explored dreams. It was simultaneously haunting, bizarre, beautiful, and grotesque. The photos posted below were taken during a performance and are posted on the UI Theater department's website.
Thoughts on dance, creation, yoga, and performance.