Thinking Big, Thinking Small

Dance Denmark was a five-and-a-half-week program that included performing and teaching throughout the country, collaborating with Danish dancers and choreographers, and participating in multiple excursions to various historical and cultural sites. Our repertoire, which was choreographed collaboratively, included tap dance, hip-hop, body rhythm, and classical and contemporary techniques. Most of our trip was spent at…

Screendancing

Growing up, I was infatuated with movies. This, in part, was an inherent reaction to my parents’ resistance to let me watch them constantly (we all want what we can’t have), but I also attribute my love for movies to my adoration of capturing stories and sharing them. Film is an especially exciting way to…

Let’s Plan a Wedding

The trouble with planning is not that it is time-consuming or cumbersome; or that it requires being thought through again and again, or even made into a series of alternative plans to prevent failure if something might go wrong with the original plan (although those factors do make it difficult). The trouble with planning is…

Composition Reflection

I am currently participating in the Second-Year Transformational Program, which grants students scholarship for academic research in their field with the goal of enhancing student success. To be granted money, we must participate in a plethora of activities, most of which focus on character development. One of the tests we were required to take, called…

Composition: Challenges in Time and Rhythm

During the fifth week of classes it dawned on me that I have an affinity towards 3/8 time and 5/4 time—the exact opposite of the two meters we worked in for our first couple assignments. At the time of the assignments, I was completely unaware of my subconscious desire to move through a slow, swingy…

Applying Analysis

I must admit that I was extremely nervous about taking Dance Analysis at the beginning of this semester. I had deep concern that it would be entirely too much like a geometry or algebra class, and that the numbers and symbols would overwhelm me to a point of frustration. I quickly realized that this did…

Composition Final Duet

For our composition final we were asked to create a duet in which both of us would defy our general movement tendencies for the entire performance. When I was first informed that this would be our final study, I must admit that my heart dropped. I imagined myself forcing leaps and turns to successfully portray…

From Window to Paper to Studio: Composition Landscape Study

This past semester I had the pleasure of being in Daniel Roberts’ composition class. I was thrilled to be choreographing since I am interested in pursuing dance composition as my primary focus. The majority of our composition studies were solos, but for one of our later studies, we had the opportunity to choreograph in a…

Global Dance Community: Ellen Maynard

One of the best aspects of being a student in a university dance program is the reassurance of having a network of incredible alumni that are already working in the fields we are looking to pursue (performance, choreography, film, administration, and so on). With this assignment, which Sofie calls the Global Dance Community, we had…

Up Close and Personal

I had a difficult time creating a practical concept for this project. Although there were plenty of ideas floating around in my head, most of them were entirely too far-fetched for a three-minute documentary. My interests spanned from society’s perception of vulnerability to the anatomy of teaching, concepts that sparked my creative mind and invited…

A Place Like This

The structure of this documentary is the most valuable aspect of it’s success. It loosely resembles a frame narrative by opening with simple commentary from the subject, then transitions to the bulk of the film which discusses the history of the subject, and ends with a conclusive statement about how the opening and bulk concepts…

Creating Dance for Camera

Upon receiving the assignment to create a dance for camera, I was overwhelmed with excitement and ideas. Although the excitement to collect and compile footage of movement never faded, my ideas quickly began dropping like autumn leaves when I realized how small the allotment of time I had to realistically complete a finished product in…