An International Affair

One of the many great things about my MFA cohort is the diversity among us. Each of us comes to this program from a different background with different lived experiences, different strengths and weaknesses, and different perspectives on life and dance. The stories of our journeys to grad school may be different, but we’ve all ended up here, together. We are a cohort that represents different…

What it Means to be a Cohort

This year is a difficult one to say the least. 2020 has brought us fear and anxiety in the forms of a global pandemic and political turmoil, it has inspired our activism through protests, and has challenged humanity by testing our patience, stamina, and resiliency. Personally, this year has brought many changes, some planned and others unexpectedly. I know that I would be starting grad school but I never thought it would be…

Dissecting Digital Communication

Communication in the digital world has been an ever growing presence in our daily lives for years, but now, more than ever, it is a crucial life line for staying connected with our friends and family. However, it’s not always easy and there are so many different platforms to use that it’s easy to miscommunicate and get lost in the melee of technology. At times it can be frustrating and…

Twirl by Twirl: The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

One of the great things about graduate school is the ability to collaborate with different people from many different backgrounds. For this project I decided to partner up with my fellow 1st year MFA student, Ishmael Konney, or more affectionally known as Ishy. This collaboration began when Ishy approached me with an idea of combining African dance and ballet. His impetus for the piece was…

The Process of Painting Our Journey

In the spirit of collaboration and trying new things, I embarked on a project with my colleague, Katie O’Loughlin, to explore the process of creation through a different artform: painting. We both expressed an interest in painting with our bodies and gravitated to the idea of creating something that embodied our journeys to grad school during a global pandemic. The result were two large panels of swirling colors…