I had the privilege of attending NDEO 2018 in San Diego, CA this month. I presented on a panel of colleagues, as well as gave a talk on my latest research. I feel compelled to continue my personal research, as in the process of preparing “Connecting To and Through Technique: Somatics and Transfer for Accessible Learning,” I was reminded how complicated, individual, and important our job is as dance educators. I plan on continuing to hone this presentation, and perhaps you will see it in a journal someday!
While at the conference I attended several notable presentations, reconnected with friends from all over the country, and had the opportunity to dance and watch dance. There were about a dozen University of Oregon alumni attending this year’s conference, and it was wonderful to reconnect with our “family” and see how everyone has chosen to shape their careers after graduate school.
In addition to my scholarly research, current choreographic and performance research, and constant teaching research, this year I have created a daily movement journal. This project has been challenging, invigorating, creatively stimulating, vulnerable, and at times stifling. Each day, I post a clip of myself moving on the instagram handle @hannah_and_moves. While at NDEO I had the pleasure of collaborating with some colleagues amidst the busy conference schedule. There is always time for a little bit of movement! Head over to my instagram and watch days 113-117 to see a glimpse into our creativity. At the end of this project, I plan on turning it into a piece for live performance. Stay tuned!