Hope you are having a great summer!
It’s been a minute since my last post and in that time I GOT MARRIED! My husband Nate and I tied the knot after 11 years together in a beautiful, joyous dance filled event with family and friends here in NY. Surprise flash mob included : )
Classes at Steps have been going very well and I continue to learn and grow from my wonderful students. I am constantly impressed with their tremendous improvement and feel blessed for the opportunities to “help souls feel lighter,” which is how one lovely gal described how she felt after classes. What an incredible compliment! Please join me Mondays 10-11:30am, Thursdays 7:30-9pm and Saturdays 4:30-6pm to explore together.
My experience as a first time judge for StarQuest International Dance Competitions this year also proved enjoyable. It was exciting to see the young talent from around the country and offer guidance and insight for growth. It also became quite clear the boundaries of appropriateness studios are testing ; / I realized I am a self proclaimed Grandma in regards to the suggestive nature being elicited from these students. ***For teachers, please realize your students want to grow up and emulate what they see on TV or in the older students in your schools. Please work to keep things age appropriate from the costume to the facial expressions to the song choices to the choreography. It is our responsibility to teach these values through our art form and as a judge, it does not make me score higher if I am uncomfortable. Even with this, there were numerous pieces done well and dancers with very bright futures ahead. Let’s see what 2014-2015 brings.
Stay tuned for more exciting news to come.
I just received this unbelievably touching message from a woman I met this week in class. I am so honored.
“You have changed the way I dance and think about movement. I’m always in a fog (a good one) when I leave your class.
As a classical ballet trained dancer, with your new instruction I feel like I just stepped onto a new island to explore.
I hope to God I get to take classes with you again. Thank you so much. Namaste”
…this is what keeps me going
Let’s grow and create together Mondays 10-11:30am, Thursdays 7:30-9pm and Saturdays 4:30-6pm at Steps on Broadway
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THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!! May your 2014 be full of health, happiness and fun: )
Lindsey and I choreographed and performed “Speed Reader” by North Carolina singer/producer Marley Carroll.
Grab his whole album Sings http://marleycarroll.bandcamp.com/album/sings
This week was very cool for a number of reasons!
I made my NYC City Center debut at Career Transition for Dancers 28th Anniversary Jubilee BROADWAY & BEYOND celebrating Theatre and Dance. This diverse program full of amazing talent honored the iconic Ann-Margaret with such celebs as Liza Minnelli and Rosie O’Donnell. My brush with fame was topped off with a terrific performance of Josh Prince’s “Doggy in the Window,” which won him DanceBreak a few years back and how he became choreographer of Broadway’s Shrek the Musical. And I must give love and credit to Career Transition for Dancers. This is truly a great resource for anyone transitioning or simply in need of advice and guidance. I highly recommend their services and expertise for whatever one may need.
Then the very next day my choreography was showcased as a finale to the United Colors of Fashion 3rd Annual Gala. UCOF is a New York City-based non-profit organization whose core mission is to empower youth through fashion. Locally under-resourced youth are mentored AND provisions of financial assistance, food, and clothing are offered to youth in South Africa who are living with HIV/AIDS, sickle cell anemia and paralysis.
It was a privilege to be part of such honorable organizations and use dance as a means of awareness, growth, and community.
Moving in that direction of commendable companies, I have begun working as a leadership trainer in the The Leadership Program. Leadership is a dynamic urban organization that enriches lives, emboldens confidence and expands options by building strong leaders in classrooms and communities. This incredible program is capable of achieving real change in school cultures and I am super excited to work with my Bronx middle schoolers in our afterschool dance club.
Thank you for your patience while my upcoming class schedule got organized. I am excited to announce starting Monday, September 30, 2013 we will have 3 class opportunities to dance together at Steps on Broadway every week!
MONDAYS 10-11:30am Studio 5 (starts 9/30)
THURSDAYS 7:30-9pm Studio 5 (starts 10/3)
SATURDAYS 4:30-6pm Loft 3 (starts 10/5)
Mindy’s class is inspired by a variety of dance and somatic principles including yoga, gyrokinesis, pilates, Gaga technique, sprinkled with a little ballet and a dash of jazz. Pulling from a mixture of concepts informs the body in contrasting, yet complementary and harmonious ways. The class allows dancers to work for their most expansive and expressive selves. We take the time to find our skeletal foundation, then move outwardly through the muscular, and finally arrive onto the sensing, responsive, alive skin surface. Students deepen their sensitivity to the environment around them and apply their entire moving bodies and minds to the present moment we all share. Through imagery, tactile applications, and very fun, eat-up-the-space exercises, not to mention, enjoyable tunes, students learn and grow together. Mindy’s class honors every opportunity to examine and develop one’s artistry by pulling from our collective passion to dance.
HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!
This amazing project brought artists from varying NYC dance worlds together under the creative direction of Broadway choreographer Josh Prince. It was an incredibly fun and fruitful month! Check us out
Lindsey and I are so so so so so so honored to have been selected from the North Carolina Dance Festival’s rich 10 year history to perform at The American Dance Festival’s 80th Anniversary Celebration this Wednesday. Heralded as “One of the nation’s most important institutions” (New York Times), the ADF’s sustained record of creative achievement is indivisible from the history of modern dance. We are 1 of only 4 pieces picked for this enormous privilege! Thank you to our panel, which included David Dorfman, Faye Driscoll, and Camille A. Brown! No matter the time or distance apart, Linds and I love dancing this piece together. I can’t wait!!!!
If you can’t join us at the Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke in Durham NC Wednesday, June 19 at 7pm and/or 9pm then you can wish us luck and enjoy our performance of “A Tribute and Reflection of the Relationship” right here
The Ensemble and I have been working hard this season adding incredible work to our repertoire. New work from Manuel Vignoulle called “Le Moi Sauvage,” as well as Shannon Gillen’s “On Certainty,” who was the first winner of our Emerging Choreographer’s Contest. Nathan Trice reset his piece “Conversations,” which is especially exciting since I originally did this piece with the Ensemble in 2010. We also had an amazing time learning Zvi Gotheiner’s beautiful piece “Chairs.” Ensemble alumnae Rick Kuperman and Yesid Lopez are also presenting great work.
This is going to be a truly wonderful evening of dance. It is very rare to see such diverse work all under one roof, so don’t miss your chance! Get your tickets today!
Every night will surely be a treat, but just fyi, Saturday is my more featured night : ) Hope to see you.
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