This is a question I’ve heard too many times recently. And I’m only just past 50 so I find it surprising. But here it is…
“What’s is like to be an “OLDER” dancer”?
My first response is shock. Do they mean me? ME? an “older” dancer?
And then pride, oh,… [read more]
Scene at a reception in Toronto.
OTHER PERSON: So what do you do?
I race through my thoughts and I’m trying to pin my wide spread practice and what seems like a long career into a title for this person to understand and I choose…
ME: I’m … [read more]
I first discovered this feeling as a child. The feeling is an oxymoron of being that is both transcendence and pragmatic reality. I boringly call it the mind/body connection. I am still looking for a better descriptor. As a kid I could feel it … [read more]
I have been fortunate in my teachers.
Ann Tutt taught me the gift of the hands-on work of the Mitzvah Technique to create postural alignment, release muscle tension and create ease of movement. She helped me see the whole body as an integrated,… [read more]
When I was a young professional dancer, in my mid twenties, I was starting to be in a lot of pain. I was doing very challenging, very physical work everyday, all day and I was hurting . A lot. I thought I would have to quit and “get a real job”. I thought… [read more]
1968 Born in Toronto, Ontario
1974 moved to Cambridge Ontario
1978 finally got ballet lessons after years of begging
1982 Introduced to modern dance freaked out with happiness
1990 Summer, apprentice Banff festival Ballet Company, ruined… [read more]
When I tell people I am a dancer I often hear “Oh, I used to dance.” or “Oh, I would love to dance.” Adult life is busy and taking care of yourself and your soul isn’t always a priority. I have to tell you, when the music starts and your feet get moving… [read more]