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Jill Homan Randall
San Francisco Bay Area
Professional modern dancer
Interests: Intersection of language and movement, dance education and pedagogy, creative based dance, art in education, multimodal learning, educating future dance teachers, developing future professional modern dancers, teaching artists, networking in dance in the United States
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Jan Erkert (yellow shirt) Multiple Pathways: Highlighting 10 Professors with Tenure On Chairing a Dance Department: Part One On Chairing a Dance Department, Part Two My Dance Week: Nina Haft (Professor at CSU East Bay and Artistic Director of Nina Haft & Company) My Dance Week: Ashley Boyack (K-12 dance... Continue reading
Posted 50 minutes ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Photo credit: little seismic dance company (Katie Faulkner) When asked about "current curiosities," Bay Area choreographer Katie Faulkner wrote: How will I go about making the next dance? What is “a dance” anyway? Who best to make the work with? How do I balance simultaneous interests in theatricality, movement invention,... Continue reading
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Posted 2 days ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Melecio Estrella (right) and family Artist Melecio Estrella (Oakland, CA) was one of the first people to write for Life as Modern Dancer. Five years later, we reconnect with Melecio, and he shares an update on his current dance path. How would you describe the past 5 years? I would... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Design: Jenny Lederer www.jennylederer.com Throughout 2017, we will be using the alphabet as a novel way to unpack the many concepts of arts administration. Please join in. Thank you to the following arts administrators for adding ideas to the project: Ashley Thorndike-Youssef, Now Next Dance Fernando Maneca, BAX | Brooklyn... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Ivy Baldwin; photo by Steven Schreiber From Blog Director Jill Randall: Looking back at the 157 artist profiles and monthly features from the past 5 years, I have selected 27 blog posts to use within a college Senior Seminar Course. These posts offer graduating seniors a window into work happening... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Michelle Yard performing in the Mark Morris Dance Group ("Mozart Dances") For a Freshman Seminar Course: A Reading List From Blog Director Jill Randall: Looking back at the 157 artist profiles and monthly features from the past 5 years, I have selected 20 blog posts to use within a college... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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As we begin the next academic year, sometimes a word, question, or quote can lead the week, open up a conversation, or focus the work. There are a variety of options on Life as a Modern Dancer that we wanted to highlight today: Dance + Change 2017: A monthly graphic... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Jeanine Durning in rehearsal with Ros Warby for Deborah Hay's project with Motion Bank, Frankfurt Lab, 2012. Credit: Amin Weber For an Undergraduate Composition Course: A Reading List From Blog Director Jill Randall: Looking back at the 157 artist profiles and monthly features from the past 5 years, I have... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Looking for a new book to explore around Halloween? I found a great new suggestion if you teach K-2 grade students. The book is The Ghosts Go Scaring by Chrissy Bozik and illustrator Patricia Storms. The ghosts go scaring one by one, hurrah, hurrah! The ghosts go scaring one by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Dancing Words Blog
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After reading a bookstore's write-up about this book, I recently checked out of the library Now by Antoinette Portis. For those who teach dance to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders --- the text is magic and whimsy to inspire a heartfelt dance project involving a variety of actions and playful... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Dancing Words Blog
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I am a huge Steve Jenkins and Robin Page fan. Their books are whimsical, fact-filled, and many of their books naturally lend themselves to dance activities. Flying Frogs and Walking Fish, published in 2016, has an excellent format to launch a dance project with K-3 students, especially a large class.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Dancing Words Blog
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Dance + Change 2017... One question or idea once a month....post-election questioning and artmaking..... Please share this graphic and post it! Download a printable version here: Download Where_AUG_JRandall Thank you to graphic designer Jenny Lederer and to dance artist Shaunna Vella for being a part of Dance + Change 2017.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Becca Levy; photo by Seth Langner Throughout the years, I have asked artists with dance companies to share some financial advice for choreographers just embarking on this journey. Today we hear from Jan Erkert, Dante Brown, Camille A. Brown, Risa Jaroslow, Rebecca Stenn, and Becca Levy. Whether it is one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Photo: Ivan Singer Hometown: London, Ontario, Canada Current city: New York City Age: 49 Attended an arts high school? Interlochen Arts Academy (grades 10, 11); Professional Division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (grade 12) College and degree: The Juilliard School – BFA Graduate school and degree: The University of Wisconsin,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Today's post comes from Valerie Gutwirth, a master teaching artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Valerie currently teaches in the Berkeley Unified School District. I am tinkering with the progression of my dance classes, trying to streamline transitions in an effort to have More Time More Dancing (the ultimate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From Blog Director Jill Randall: I enjoyed Rebecca Stenn's recent post on the blog about her new book A Life in Dance: A Practical Guide. I read the piece and then quickly purchased my own copy on amazon.com. It was my "vacation read" last week, and I loved sitting down... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From Blog Director Jill Randall: A year and a half ago, I designed a journal for undergraduate and graduate level technique courses. Writing and reflecting are valuable components of training. This free, downloadable journal can be formally used within a college course or personally printed out by a college student... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From August 2014 through August 2015, every day I took a few minutes to write down a dance-related word or phrase from the day. These words emerged from rehearsals, taking class, teaching, graduate school, choreographing, and other projects. The daily practice was a beautiful thing. I highly encourage that you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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New Book Dance Pedagogy for a Diverse World: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Theory, Research and Practice Blog Post By Nyama McCarthy-Brown, Author ----- Dance Pedagogy for a Diverse World: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Theory, Research and Practice, is the go-to resource for dance educators and dancers who want to explore... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Design: Jenny Lederer www.jennylederer.com Throughout 2017, we will be using the alphabet as a novel way to unpack the many concepts of arts administration. Please join in. Thank you to the following arts administrators for adding ideas to the project: Ashley Thorndike-Youssef, Now Next Dance Fernando Maneca, BAX | Brooklyn... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Post by Rebecca Stenn A Life In Dance: A Practical Guide is a book written with the intent to broaden a dance artist’s knowledge of the possibilities available to them --- providing inspiring stories of dancers both known and unknown, who have trodden multiple and varied paths. The first half... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Design: Jenny Lederer www.jennylederer.com Throughout 2017, we will be using the alphabet as a novel way to unpack the many concepts of arts administration. Please join in. Thank you to the following arts administrators for adding ideas to the project: Ashley Thorndike-Youssef, Now Next Dance Fernando Maneca, BAX | Brooklyn... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer is a picture book with numerous possibilities within a dance class for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade classes. Check out this book if you are interested in exploring: colors, the season of fall, props, or turning a story into a group dance. Colors Yellow! The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Dancing Words Blog
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Twice a year, I have the fun opportunity to write for the Book to Boogie Blog. This month I write about So Many Feet, which is a great new addition to our book collections about feet and body parts. Use this book with parent/child classes, preschool classes, and kindergarten classes.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Dancing Words Blog