Category Archives: 25th Anniversary Post

Run…like your life depends on it!

“Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.” Shakespeare, King Lear I love seeing the look on my dancers’ faces when I ask them to simply run around the room. Usually, this is met with half-hearted, dance-y “runs” … Continue reading

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Finding The Rhythm

A few nights ago, I was watching a PBS special entitled Broadway’s Lost Treasures, a multi-episodic compilation of Tony-Award-winning Broadway numbers.  The series showcases well-loved classics, hidden gems, and showstoppers that have garnered recognition from the Broadway community over the … Continue reading

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The Necessity of Change

There are so many things that I carry with me from my experiences as a company member and teacher of JR®, but the most important lesson I have learned is to embrace change. Change is not often an easy thing, … Continue reading

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Moved to Move

Because you can, because you can’t help it, because you like it, because it feels good, because you’re nervous, because something amazing happened, because something horrible happened, because you are afraid, because you are filled with joy, because you have … Continue reading

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Honesty in Learning: A Never Ending Self-Examination

Learning the Truth and Unlearning the Old Habits One of the key components of Jump Rhythm is dedication to truth. I remember the Movement Awareness class (Dance 101) I took with Billy at Northwestern University. Billy constantly challenged and questioned … Continue reading

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ARTS & ARTISTS – [FINALLY] BE COUNTED.

We know that art – in all its forms – has the power to move, persuade, and inspire, right? But can it be measured?  Quantified?  Or as economists say, “monetized?”  The conventional rules say that anything that can be measured … Continue reading

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It’s Your Thing

Before coming to Northwestern, I didn’t really have much of an intention of studying dance. I wanted to take classes, but I never imagined it becoming as big of a part of my life as it has become, and a … Continue reading

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My Journey to Jump Rhythm

My earliest recollection of encountering Billy Siegenfeld was when I was subbing Germaine Salsberg’s tap class at Broadway Dance Center in New York City.  I think it was 1992.  I was using “You Gotta Look Out for Yourself” from the … Continue reading

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My first performance – Carbondale, IL

In November of 2007, I had the privilege of doing my first performance as an apprentice with JRJP.  The whole company piled into our cars and headed way down south to Carbondale, IL for a 4 day “mini tour.”  As … Continue reading

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