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Jill Homan Randall
San Francisco Bay Area
Professional modern dancer, writer, and arts administrator
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, arts administration
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Photo respectfully reproduced from the Ririe-Woodbury Summer Intensive webpage. Bring in the Summer Season: How Dance Intensives and Festivals are Making a Comeback in 2021 By Camryn Eaglin Now that many dance companies and programs are back to their summer festivities, dancers have many options. However, each particular format is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Igor Ptashenchuk, Yonatan Simon, Hani Sirois, Londiwe Khosa, Yael Ben Ezer, and Sean Howe in YAG. In Batsheva’s YAG, It’s A Family Affair By Garth Grimball “Once my family loved, really loved, really really loved to dance.” This is the thesis statement of YAG, spoken by each of the six... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Erin Yen and Emily Hansel (background), Samuel Melecio-Zambrano and Katherine Neumann (foreground). Photo by Robbie Sweeny. An Afternoon Walk and Dance Through Glen Canyon Park: FACT/SF’s "Diffusion" By Molly Rose-Williams It’s been over a year since theaters around the Bay Area shut their doors. Like much of the rest of... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Shareen DeRyan and Emma Lanier. Photo by Jennifer Perfilio. Read the interview with Jennifer here. Hello! During the month of April, we shared a wide variety of posts about upcoming performances, undergraduate programs, dance publications, zines, and more. Please find the 10 posts here, and we hope you will check... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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In Fall 2017, Life as a Modern Dancer launched 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 reviews, and there are fewer and fewer dance critics in the United States)? How... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
Thank you for considering submitting a piece to the site! Here are the key details. Please share the piece via a Word document or Google Doc. Please no PDFs. Make sure you have proofread it and used spellcheck and grammar check. For the website, we use 1 space between sentences,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2021 at New Dance Writers
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Dancers (left to right) Emma Lanier, Samuel Melecio-Zambrano, and Shareen DeRyan. Photo by Jennifer Perfilio. In Fall 2017, Life as a Modern Dancer launched 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 Apr 14, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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The Final Words: Black Dancers in Higher Education Call to Action By Camryn Eaglin I introduced the series Black Dancers in Higher Education in February. What was intended to be three interviews turned into five -- there are never too many perspectives. By interviewing Brooke, Asha, Kennedy, Moria, and one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Cover of Black Dance Magazine, Winter 2020 issue Discover Dance Writing By Camryn Eaglin During my internship at Life as a Modern Dancer, one of my main tasks was to research and review different dance sites and publications. Over the course of my time, I have reviewed 18 in total.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Moria Small. Photo courtesy of the artist. An Interview with Moria Small: A Different Lens, A Different Path By Camryn Eaglin Even within the same university and program, talking with a few students reveals various experiences and perspectives. Looking back to the topic of nuance, we all come from diverse... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Lauren Simpson. Photo by Joey Carter. Light + Process + Unison + Deep Listening: An Interview with Dancers Lauren Simpson and Galen Rogers about Celestial Real Estate By Jill Randall April 9-11, 2021 at the Generator Space in Omaha, Nebraska Friday, April 9 @ 10:10 A.M. & 2:17 P.M. Saturday,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Image above pulled from the 2017 Dance+Change project through Life as a Modern Dancer. Read about the project and view all 12 images here. Graphic design by Jenny Lederer. Springtime Musings on Teaching and Learning Or, Where My Mind and Heart Are with Teaching Modern Dance These Days By Jill... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Quaranzines: Self-Producing Meets Self-Publishing By Sarah Chien After the cancellations came the Zooms, and after the Zooms, the dance films. I browsed exquisite corps videos while baking bread, and, scrolled past Instagram live conversations while I gardened. There was a lot of talk about new platforms, but each of these... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Shareen DeRyan and Emma Lanier. Photo by Jennifer Perfilio. A Practice of Unknowing, Breaking Away from Structures and Habits: An Interview with San Francisco Dance Artist Jennifer Perfilio By Jill Randall I got to catch up with Bay Area colleague Jennifer Perfilio the other day on Zoom, to hear about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Samuel Melecio-Zambrano, Emily Hansel, and Cora Cliburn at work in an outdoor rehearsal. Cultivating Healthy, Equitable Workplaces for Dancers By Emily Hansel Two months ago, I wrote a piece that detailed many widespread injustices that dancers endure in the professional workforce and called for dancers’ employers to help end the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Kennedy Cannon It’s More Than Dance: An Interview with Kennedy Cannon (Black Dancers in Higher Education Series) By Camryn Eaglin What does it look like when students have a safe space for important dialogue in higher education? Is it freeing? Does it create more conflict and division? Is it unifying?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Asha Yates. Photo courtesy of the artist. Read Camryn Eaglin's March interview with Asha Yates here. In case you missed a few, here are the pieces on the blog from the month of March: A Moveable Dance from LA Dance Project #StopAsianHate: Another Week of Violence Day by Day, Week... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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A Moveable Dance from LA Dance Project By Garth Grimball Four bodies appear from the emptiness cast by a building’s corner. They dance in unison. Between them the space stays equal. Faces masked and bodies covered in loose, transparent overcoats, their forms disintegrate before outlines snap into being. The unison... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Say their names - of the 8 people killed on March 16, 2021 in Atlanta, GA. From Blog Director Jill Randall: It has been another week filled with violence and hate, this time towards the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. My heart leans towards the Atlanta community as well... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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I love time-based projects big and small, whether performance based work or ideas for the classroom. Today I am resharing 7 projects that might be of interest to you in the springtime. You might read the posts and use the words and guiding questions; or, you might like to read... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Asha Yates. Photo courtesy of the artist. Black Dancers in Higher Education Series Pushing through Discomfort and Making Room: An Interview with Asha Yates By Camryn Eaglin Details and nuances can make all the difference in identifying individual and collective experiences within a community. How do we navigate traditional expectations... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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An Honest Outlook: Are there two different experiences? Interview by Camryn Eaglin The second interview in our Black Dancers in Higher Education Series is one filled with an authentic and critical perspective that needs to be shared. We have opted to keep this interviewee and the university anonymous, being in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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MashUp’s International Women’s Day Festival: Choose to Challenge (March 5th-8th) By Camryn Eaglin LA-based contemporary dance company MashUp is hosting its 5th annual International Women’s Day (IWD) Festival in a fully virtual fashion. The company, whose art uplifts feminist narratives through dance, hosts the festival in honor of women’s achievement,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Design by Claire Calalo Berry of Flourish and Frost I am thrilled to run this new series on the blog. Nine dancers share ideas around somatic themes and how these themes play out in our lives right now - such as softening, allowing, activating, and slowing down to feel. Like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Robert Moses teaching. Photo by Peter Earl McCollough. Read Robert's artist profile here. Hello! We wanted to take a moment to repost the pieces from the month of February. There was wonderful variety - artist profiles, interviews with undergraduate students, somatic writing, reviews of online performances, and more. -Jill Randall,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer