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Groups

Group sections are the heart and pulse of the choreography I've made so far. But groups are really hard.....hard to work in and hard to work with. When I was 17 and dancing in the corps, a senior dancer I admired took me aside and told me I was ruining the Kingdom of the Shades by focusing only on my own dancing while ignoring lines, spacing, etc. Suitably shamed, I trained myself to be a better team member, but it wasn't my favorite kind of dancing. It can be fun to be part of a big picture onstage, but group rehearsals are tedious and draining. All those conflicting energies and egos in the room---I looked at the clock every 30 seconds. Now it's my turn to face a studio full of dancers pat

Quizas, Quizas, Quizas

This is a still image from a film, and that's me in the window. But the story behind it is more interesting. In 2006 Drew Jacoby came to audition for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, my company at the time. I was shocked by her power and confidence in class. She was everything I was, but way more, better, and younger. I felt that if she joined the company, I would lose my "tall woman" roles and not be cast for anything henceforth. With my dance career finished (in my head), I needed some non-dance skills, and quick. That same day after rehearsal I went home, sat down at my computer, and started working with some video footage---for seven hours straight. This work would eventually become "Quizas

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