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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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Today I want to share about two great additions to add to your collection, especially if you teach in a K-5 elementary school. These books share the stories of Robert Battle (now the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) and Amalia Hernández (Founder of El Ballet Folklórico de... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Dancing Words Blog
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Photo credit: Duhaime Movement Project Writing on Dance: A Response to Molly Heller’s “very vary” in Berkeley, California December 2, 2017 at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center By Michelle LaVigne Salt Lake City-based choreographer Molly Heller’s very vary felt much like a love letter or poem. Developed over a year-long collaborative process,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Artist Nia Love shares her career path within the field of modern dance. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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The blog series "Building a Dance Company" aims to offer brass tacks ideas as well as inspiring stories and questions. Please find below the links to 8 posts from the year. Questions for Choreographers: Ideas from Dayna Hanson, Heidi Henderson, and Raja Feather Kelly Reconnecting with Choreographers Jenny Stulberg and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Photo: Lisa Harding From Blog Director Jill Randall: Through Life as a Modern Dancer, we are excited to have launched in Fall 2017 a new concept for post-performance discussion and writing. The goals are multi-fold: What are new ways to invite post-performance writing (since so few publications now print dance... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From Blog Director Jill Randall: I created this list of 30 questions/ideas for my employees this fall, and I thought that you might enjoy joining us this semester as we reflect each week on our teaching practice. Here is the complete list of ideas, plus week fifteen's two big ideas.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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When a dancer writes an Artist Profile for the blog, we frequently ask them to offer questions for other choreographers to consider. These questions and wonderings are beautiful opportunities to deepen and craft our work. Click on any artist's name to read their full artist profile. The work of Heidi... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Teaching artist Pamela Vail; photo by Tori Lawrence Throughout 2017, we shared resources, questions, and personal schedules of teaching artists throughout the United States. The intersection of teaching and artistic inquiry is a beautiful thing - the teaching artist field. On the blog, we wholeheartedly embrace all of the settings,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From Blog Director Jill Randall: Today we wrap up the monthly project called Dance + Change 2017. Collaborating with my cousin and graphic designer Jenny Lederer, each month we created and offered a graphic design with a key question for phrase. Considering my 20 years as a professional dancer, 2017... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From Blog Director Jill Randall: For anyone who knows me and works with me, it is clear that I am a huge book lover. I love reading books, discussing books, and sharing books. Today, here is my current list of dance books published in 2017. The titles in blue are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Life as a Modern Dancer actively seeks out books and resources each year for college level courses, as well as publishing content that is current, free, and accessible to use as reading material within a variety of courses. For Undergraduate Level Courses For a Senior Seminar Course: A Reading List... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Some Background Dance Department Chair, Santa Ana College, 3.3 years Professor of Dance, Santa Ana College, 14 years Adjunct faculty, Santa Ana College, 2.6 years Student of Santa Ana College, 5 years (Clearly I’m making fun and vexing over my life spent at SAC! Maybe I really LOVE this place?!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Picture: Duhaime Movement Project From Blog Director Jill Randall: Through Life as a Modern Dancer, we are excited to have launched in Fall 2017 a new concept for post-performance discussion and writing. The goals are multi-fold: What are new ways to invite post-performance writing (since so few publications now print... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From Blog Director Jill Randall: One of my passions in creative dance classes is the intersection of language and movement. Books can spark ideas; the text can narrate a dance. For teaching artists and students alike, picture books can inspire improvisational activities as well as help shape a group dance.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From Blog Director Jill Randall: I created this list of 30 questions/ideas for my employees this fall, and I thought that you might enjoy joining us this semester as we reflect each week on our teaching practice. Here is the complete list of ideas, plus week fourteen's two big ideas.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Picture: Duhaime Movement Project From Blog Director Jill Randall: Thank you for joining me over the past 7 days as we discussed/previewed/shared about Salt Lake City-based artist Molly Heller and her performance this weekend in Berkeley, California. Today a few more dancers in the cast add some key words and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Becca Levy. Photo: Seth Langner From Becca Levy: What is the role of teaching within your dance life? What do you love about teaching? What does the phrase “teaching artist” mean to you? Teaching is where I get to dive into investigating what is fascinating about the human mind and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Joanna Kotze first wrote an artist profile for Life as a Modern Dancer back in November 2014. Today, she catches us up about the past 3 years. FIND YOURSELF HERE - American Dance Institute (ADI), April 2015 - photo by Liz Lynch (Joanna, center) How would you describe the past... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From Blog Director Jill Randall: Lately, I have been thinking about dance writing and dance publicity. How do we share/invite/entice/preview a work for our potential audience members? Salt Lake City-based artist Molly Heller and I are playing with this idea for the 7 days leading up to her show, very... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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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 Haiku_DEC_JRandall PDF -------------- Continue reading
Posted Dec 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 Dec 1, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Picture: Duhaime Movement Project From Blog Director Jill Randall: Lately, I have been thinking about dance writing and dance publicity. How do we share/invite/entice/preview a work for our potential audience members? Salt Lake City-based artist Molly Heller and I are playing with this idea for the 7 days leading up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Jenny Stulberg and Lauren Simpson; photo by Robbie Sweeny In case you missed a post....reading and inspiration from the month.... Artist Profile #160: Nicole Vaughan-Diaz (New York, NY) Artist Profile #161: Dayna Hanson (Seattle, WA) The Updated List: Artist Profiles #1-160 5 Questions with Grace Kraaijvanger of The Hivery, A... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From Blog Director Jill Randall: Lately, I have been thinking about dance writing and dance publicity. How do we share/invite/entice/preview a work for our potential audience members? Salt Lake City-based artist Molly Heller and I are playing with this idea for the 7 days leading up to her show, very... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Today I am excited to begin a series of posts in conversation with Martha Eddy. Martha's career in dance, somatics, and writing is expansive and varied. What is a recent somatic article, book, or video link you would recommend to check out? Gosh, that is a tricky one to pick.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Life as a Modern Dancer