The Moving Steps
From 2013 to 2016 I was choreographer in residence for the Moving Steps Project. The Moving Steps Project is a network that teaches dance and creative movement to women of all ages at South Middlesex Correctional Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Congratulations to the Moving Steps/ Moving Stories project on their 2018 Live Arts Boston grant from The Boston Foundation. Together with director Jenny Hurzog the group will be touring a new piece about addiction and recovery. Moving Stories has teamed up with the dancers to further discuss fighting elitism in the arts throughout this process, it is still very meaningful to be part of this work and share these women's journey. For the Spring 2019 season I will be performing with the group at Wellsley College, BU and Jose Mateo Theater .
Dance changes women's lives. Dance is a unique platform for storytelling and processing lived experience. The work is about the idea that dance is for Everybody/ Every Body and guided by my professional development and research on pedagogies popularized by Liz Lerman/ Dance Exchange and Urban Bush Women. We investigate the power of dance through multiple techniques. For many people in the Moving Steps group my classes were their first encounters with improvisation. We discussed the idea of "undermining expertise."
The women pictured here are both volunteers with no history of incarceration and Moving Steps core members featured in an article on Upworthy.com in spring 2016 during a work I was creating with them for Jose Mateo Dance For World Community.