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I Interrupt This Blog…

… to bring you pieces from my past.

This past summer I traveled to Chicago to hang out with librarians who were attending ALA Annual, but I took one day to ride the train out to the suburb I’d lived and danced in while living my previous life as teacher at the Academy of Movement and Music and a dancer and occasional choreographer for Momenta.

I’ve spent years trying desperately not to think about what life would have been like if I’d decided to pursue dance as a career, missing it so much that I didn’t even attend live dance performances for years. But I was finally ready to go back and immerse myself in the familiar sounds and smells of the old building, dig through the archived performance videos for hours and hours, and trace my favorite barre with my fingers (it was wobbly, and therefore forced me not to rely on it for balance).

Digging through archived performance videos is kind of a hit-or-miss affair. They’re labeled, helpfully, “summer dance festival 1999” and “Evening 7/21/2001” and the like, with no cataloging. (The librarian in me wanted to apply for a leave of absence to spend a few months making finding aids for them!) But in the end I was able to find three pieces that I’d choreographed. Over the last couple of days I’ve spent some time making them sharable online. And here’s one of them, choreographed in 2000 for some of the group of teachers and alumni who gather every summer to put on their own show. Some were and are professional dancers. Others (like me at the time) hadn’t danced in a long while, but still made yearly pilgrimages back to the Momenta studios to participate in this show.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled program. Thank you for indulging me.

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  1. Heidi Heidi

    Yay, I watched all the videos. Excellent break between teaching a 4-hour class this morning and modifying it in preparation for twice the number of kids tomorrow. Those six-year-olds were in my intro class three years earlier. :) Also, we have that Matrix dance at home – the video quality is poor, and it’s VHS, but it’s there, in case you want to play with it and add it to your collection.

  2. Iris Iris

    Yeah, I have it now, too, and uploaded it to Vimeo. But then I password protected it since Serita actually does choreography for a living and I didn’t want to mess up her plans for an online identity. Drop me a line if you want the password.

    (For those of you who aren’t my sister, the “matrix dance” was a piece danced to music from The Matrix, and it remains the thing that I think of when I think “I was a dancer once.” That and dancing the part of Media from Martha Graham’s “Cave of the Heart.”)

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