(some) Summer 2016 Highlights

I told myself that I would start to focus on school September 1. It is August 31. Here are my reflections on summer so far-- a full summer-- rich and invigorating. 

  • Year 2 of teaching at North Star Ballet in Fairbanks, AK for 2 weeks-- even more fulfilling than the first year. Thank you to all of the students, my hosts and my husband for tagging along in this research endeavor. I experienced ample growth in myself and the students whether in Modern, Pilates, Creative Process or Ballet.
  • Co-teaching a Hip Hop class in Bellingham, WA with my DJ brother GRAYMATTER followed by teaching a Contemporary class for Dance Gallery in Bellingham, WA.
  • Teaching for the Summer Enrichment Program at the University of Oregon. This program brought 133 High School students from the states, Taiwan and Korea for 2 weeks. I had the pleasure of teaching Anatomy of Movement, and a Dance Sampler class- what fun to rekindle my Camp Counselor side.
  • An incredible wedding in Spokane, WA where I got to remember how many amazing and strong women are part of my community.
  • Teaching Pilates for the Ballet Fantastique Summer Intensive through Eugene Yoga. It was so wonderful to see how open the students were to talking about fascia, asking questions, and trying out every little crazy idea I presented.
  • The process of preparing for my first ever conference presentation at the Dance Science and Somatics Educators Conference at the University of Utah with Sherrie Barr and Sarah Ebert. It was humbling, challenging and invigorating.
  • The DSSE Conference 2016- I came home and said "I found my people!" I was so honored to present as a part of a panel with Sherrie Barr and Sarah Ebert called "Uncovering HOW, WHAT, and WHY: The Pedagogy within Somatics." Thank you to the organizers, presenters, attendees, and my friend and colleague Susan Haines from WWU for sharing a bed with me.
  • Attending Sarah Ebert's Modern Dance Intensive as a student at the Eugene Ballet Academy. What an incredible group of dancers. 
  • FINALLY receiving IRB approval to go ahead with my research this Fall at the University of Oregon. Here we go!
  • A week in Bellingham, WA where I was honored to return to my home Pilates studio and teach for a week. I appreciate the educational and open nature of the space, and it was so great to see everyone again! 
  • Teaching my thesis phrases to Dance Gallery of Bellingham in their Wednesday night class.
  • Heading back to the studio to work with the magnificent Shannon Tallman on my thesis phrasework. Thank you for your skills- the footage is gorgeous!
  • 2 different camping trips and many adventures with our little family (Roy is a great traveler).
  • My daily Eugene bike tour between 3 different movement studios as a substitute teacher. When you don't look, work will find you. Thank you to all of the clients for playing along with me this summer.
  • Finally, realizing how much the past two years of graduate school have influenced my teaching, process and understanding of movement. I have felt the true meaning of "marination" this summer....where you step away from rigor and experience the shifts that have manifested themselves within you. Here is to one more year-- and the most exciting one yet!