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May 2011

We're well into May, flowers are everywhere, the air is heady with the scent of honeysuckle, and we are preparing for our week with Erin Law!! WHAT could be sweeter than that?

This time with Erin is my yearly shot in the arm as a dance teacher, performer and choreographer. Erin is a genius at creating meaning in movement...that's not even the right way to say it....hmmm...she is very real and PRESENT, so her movement has meaning ALL THE TIME.

To roll around in her movement is to be ON the learning curve, for me. I can just watch, open up, listen, and be, and what she is inviting us to learn enters in through my pores. When Erin and I were working on the solo I commissioned from her in 2009, there was very little need for talking- she made suggestions, and I knew what she wanted. It was a magical experience for both of us, and one I am eager to try again.

Erin is coming to us fresh from earning her MA in dance at Smith College. So there is a lot of unpacking to do....it is one thing to go through the educational process, it is another to then really study all that you have learned, to unpack it, get it into your own drawers and hangers, and make the material your own. I'm looking forward to our work being the first chance Erin will have to open that treasure trove post-graduation, and see what we find inside!!

My dream is to have Erin give a concert here at ETSU that is an evening of her works. The concerts with Daniel Charon and Katie Diamond have been rich events for dance here, and I see Erin's pieces as storytelling wonderlands, a chance to see a young and vibrant choreographer in the bloom of her career.....stay tuned!

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