Category Archives: Guest Post

Be Our Guest: MARK YONALLY!

When I first moved to Chicago I was insatiably hungry to see what the local dance scene was all about.  I went to every show I could, and that first year I went to see eight different shows during Dance … Continue reading

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Melanie’s JUMP RHYTHM® Life!

My first introduction to JUMP RHYTHM® Jazz Project was after being selected for their residency at Slippery Rock University. I along with 9 other dance majors spent two weeks of rigorous rehearsal with two company members learning Getting There, but this … Continue reading

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Standing Down Straight with JUMP RHYTHM® and Loving It

Learning is ALWAYS an exciting adventure.  I became exposed to JUMP RHYTHM® Jazz Project when my daughter took the intensive with JUMP RHYTHM® Jazz Project, became an intern and now is a company member.  My first experience watching JUMP RHYTHM® Jazz Project … Continue reading

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Finding My Voice & Belonging in a Community:

A Week that Changed My Life In June 2014, I attended the JUMP RHYTHM® Jazz Project Summer Intensive with limited JUMP RHYTHM® knowledge, no expectations and an open mind to what could await. The week was more fulfilling than I ever could … Continue reading

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What a Week! My 1st JUMP RHYTHM® Intensive Experience

A few weeks ago, I embarked on my first-ever journey to Chicago and JUMP RHYTHM® Jazz Project’s Summer Intensive from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I was introduced to the JUMP RHYTHM® Technique through former JUMP RHYTHM® company member Laura Kleiner (Laycock) … Continue reading

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Art and Humanity

“Six Self Portraits,” by Andy Warhol is estimated to be worth between USD $25M and $35M.  Beyoncé’s earnings are listed at USD $53M as of June 2013.  “Spiderman 2” earned USD $10M on its opening. These are significant sums of … Continue reading

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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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“You majored in DANCE? Why are you in law school?”

These questions have frequently been posed to me since I began law school at Notre Dame in the fall of 2012. In every law firm interview this past fall, the interviewer asked me some variation of that sequence. Dance and … Continue reading

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The Great Wall, Weight, and some Great Bodily Truth

I remember climbing the Great Wall of China.  It was hot.  I was exhausted.  I was hiking up the mountains with a group of students, sweat pooling under the brim of my baseball cap.  The leader of the bunch, our teacher Feng Lao Shi, … 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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