PHILADANCO (Philadelphia Dance Company): Philadelphia, PA

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  • April 13, 2016 - April 17, 2016

I’ll be in Philadelphia at tech and dress rehearsal for the PHILADANCO spring GLOBAL ARTISTRY concert which will feature the premiere of my newly commissioned work. The performances are on Friday, April 15 through Sunday April 17. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.kimmelcenter.org/events/index.php?org=71 (more…)

Hustle, Don’t Hurry.

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Many of the greatest artists throughout history were not discovered one day and judged to be successful the next. Most struggled, some until the very end of their life. They really knew struggle. In some ways it defined their life and informed the brilliant work that they created. It has been said that if you haven’t struggled for it, you don’t appreciate it in the same way. Based on my own life experience, I agree.
Time is the ultimate judge of greatness. So if you have a true love for dance, or whatever it is that breathes life into your soul and makes your heart beat faster, give it everything you have and share it, no matter the size of your audience. If you have inspired even one, you have used your gift, and you’ve made a contribution to a world that needs you. And if you give your gift generously, you will likely impact multitudes over time, receiving far more than you ever gave.
One of the greatest myths of our time is that if don’t ‘make it’ early or instantly, you won’t at all. NOTHING could be farther from the truth. Follow it, live it, share it. Everything that is worthwhile is worth waiting for.

Which Way, Dance?

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Just like humanity as a whole, dance is at a crossroads.

Preserving tradition while pursuing progress is a challenge demanding our collective intellectual and spiritual energy.  Wisdom and fairness must guide us in choosing what we keep and what we change.

Concert dance (ballet, modern, and contemporary) has a rich history full of beauty but steeped in elitism. Unlike its exclusive past, dance is now popular and accessible in ways never imagined, but sometimes at the expense of the art form’s creative integrity and educational value.

The urgent task of our time, as we see it, is embracing the exciting opportunities the modern era presents, preserving and honoring dance history and its trailblazers to inform our contemporary practice, and offering opportunities that maintain a level of excellence available to any person who hungers to participate – all to usher in a sustainable future.  This is our vision. This is our purpose. This is our commitment.

This belief drives us to continue building a movement helping to shape the future for current and future generations of dancers and their audiences.  We invite you to join the conversation and engage by doing your part. Along with social media, we are excited about the launch of our new website which will connect you to our programs, events, and ideas.  The future will be determined by what we do today. Choose and act wisely.