In April I am excited to be working with the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee for their after-school program R.I.S.E. (Refugee and Immigrant Students Empowered). Over the course of a week I’ll introduce middle school refugee students to dance and choreographic composition fundamentals, we will reflect on our personal and communal identities, explore writing identity poems, and then create a short dance and spoken word piece expressing individual and community characteristics. This process mirrors a longer process I am undertaking in a social justice dance/narrative project on immigration. Many thanks to the Metro Arts Commission for helping make these residencies possible.
My current choreographic project is on the theme of Immigration, and will be premiered as part of a Blue Moves’ production the first weekend in August. My work on this began by researching and interviewing three sources from different areas of the world on their experience as immigrants. Two are refugees as well, such as a Kurdish refugee woman who spent much of her childhood living in a tent in Turkey under harsh conditions before come to the United States, and a Burmese woman who fled the Civil War in Myanmar. Another woman speaks of her experience immigrating from Colombia at the age of 10, and translating for her mother for many years. The dance will feature three solos highlighting the experience of three immigrant or refugee women, set to the audio narration in their own words, as well as framing dances which address how we respond to immigrants and refugees, and how we need to shift the attitudes of fear and misunderstanding to knowledge and acceptance.
Two-hour to full-day creative process, personal growth workshops can be designed for your organization as a public or private offering. I am also available to integrate workshops into yoga or other spiritual or therapeutic retreats. Movement, creative writing and visual play is a powerful combination for actively reflecting upon, uncovering and embodying personal truths, and creating a vision to move forward. Participants are gently guided through a process of reflection, sharing, journaling and movement exploration in these workshops. Topics may include balance and centering, boundaries, re-igniting creative and professional drive, or one which we collaboratively design to fit your organization’s needs. Please contact me for pricing.
I recently offered a workshop at The Estuary and am a regular teacher at Art & Soul Studio. I have always felt that my personal growth workshops should not be limited to only those who can afford to pay. This winter I am offering “Shifting Sands, Divining Balance” for members of Gilda’s Club Nashville at no charge, and have plans to offer a similar workshop for a woman’s shelter, Mending Hearts.
My approach to Teaching Artistry, whether in schools, in professional development seminars or in workshops for the community, always involves deep reflection, inquiry, guided exploration and art making. I am rooted in community service and social justice, and often infuse participant creative involvement in my work as a choreographer and activist.