We’re moving!

Dear Seacoast, Over the past few weeks, I’ve alluded to some that change was on the horizon for NEO. After some examination and thought, I have decided to move NEO’s headquarters to the Mills at Salmon Falls in Rollinsford, NH. There, NEO will be sharing a workspace with visual artist Shaune McCarthy and joining a […]

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Review: Giordano Dance Chicago at the Auditorium Theatre

Greetings from Chicago! I am here spending a week with Giordano Dance Chicago to work on my advanced level certification to teach Giordano jazz dance technique. I arrived on Saturday and was lucky to catch the company’s performance June 10th performance at the beautiful Auditorium Theatre. This performance was special for a few reasons. It […]

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Dance Industry Problem

The Dance Industry Has a Problem

A few weeks ago, I was listening to a story on NPR called Hearing the Poetry of Pop and guest Adam Bradley shared the following quote attributed to English poet Adrian Mitchell, “Most people don’t care about most poetry, because most poetry doesn’t care about most people.” Immediately, my mind swapped out the word “poetry” […]

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Dance Moms

Dance Moms

The TV show gets it all wrong. My dance journey would not have been possible without the support of my Mom, Denise. She drove me back and forth to dance, over 40 miles round trip, seven days a week, ten months out of the year, all the way through high school. (Fun fact, I didn’t […]

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The intersection of dance and Shakespeare

The Intersection of Dance and Shakespeare

You know, it’s funny… oftentimes our company name is misquoted in public as “Neoteric Dance Company” or “Neoteric Dance Collective.” It’s COLLABORATIVE and for a reason! Our company’s collaborative ethos has often brought projects to the table that have stretched my creativity as a choreographer in ways that I couldn’t have previously imagined. For example, […]

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One Billion Rising Gala

How the Performing Arts Led Me to Become a Social Activist

Around six years ago… I heard that Joi Smith, the artistic director of Back Alley Productions, needed a replacement actress for a production of The Vagina Monologues as part of an annual V-DAY fundraiser. (V-DAY is a global movement that hosts annual events to rally support for community organizations that work towards ending violence against […]

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Nutcracker Rehearsal, My First Cup of Coffee, and Home

I’d like to tell you a little story… about Nutcracker rehearsals, having my first cup of coffee and being called back to a community time and time again. When I was a kid… I grew up dancing at Ballet New England which was housed in the original Connie Bean Center in downtown Portsmouth. In November and […]

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dance choreographer history quiz

Dance History Pop Quiz

Pop quiz time… This week on Instagram I posed the following question. Do you recognize these four faces? Can you name ALL of the pictured artists? Go ahead, open up this quiz in a new window to test your knowledge. No cheating/Googling! I’ll wait.  How did you do? I am willing to bet that a fair number […]

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