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"ONE HOUR WITH BILLY SIEGENFELD AND JUMP RHYTHM WILL NOT ONLY CHANGE THE WAY YOU VIEW THE WORLD, IT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE YOURSELF. BILLY CAN GET A STONE TO DANCE WITH A FULL SPIRIT."

JEANNE HERRICK, SENIOR LECTURER, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

before-wedgeA Look Back: “Too Close for Comfort” Then & Now

A Look Back: “Too Close for Comfort” Then & Now

In honor of Jump Rhythm’s upcoming 25th Anniversary season, I would like to take a look back. My first introduction to the company was in January of 2001 as a freshmen dance major at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Two former company members conducted a choreographic residency in which I was chosen to be a part of. I remember feeling thrilled and nervous to embark on the challenge of learning Jump Rhythm Technique as well as a performing Billy’s choreography, “Too Close For Comfort.”

Looking forward 13 years later, I recognize the many complex layers this approach has to offer. It’s similar to a good friend. The more time you spend with it, the more you get to know it and yourself. Being a natural tapper and musical dancer, I was originally drawn to JR’s rhythmic and energetic foundation. As I peeled deeper into each year and layer of the learning the technique, I also found that I love working within an approach that first values the person, centering on emotional connections, rather than, just the dancer, which tends to value the outside, look of the body and its physical feats.

As I work on “Too Close For Comfort” in 2014, I still find it physically challenges me. However, I find that emotionally connecting with my fellow company members (inside and outside of the piece) helps bring the choreography to life. It’s the reason audience members feel our energy and passion spill from the stage to the seats.

I’m looking forward to sharing this energy you this fall during our performances at Stage 773!

Thank you for reading!

Kristina

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