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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: Aeric Meredith-Goujon Dance making - who can be called a dance maker now? I find this time to be a blessing. When all at once I couldn’t find the time or resources to give myself space to create, this series of isolation has forced me to become resourceful in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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One of my favorite aspects of the blog is sharing free resources, whether it be a journal to use in a technique course or a reading list with 20 ideas for your senior seminar course. I also am always happy to make personalized lists for your courses and needs. Write... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Photo of Emily Hansel by Tricia Cronin for Post:Ballet. Relearning Agency: A Dancer’s Call for Collective Action By Emily Hansel I’m a professional freelance dancer and a lot of the conditions I work under sound ridiculous when I say them out loud to people who work in other professions. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2021 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Jae Neal. Photo: Aeric Meredith-Goujon. Read Jae's Shelter-in-Place Dance Dictionary here. Each December, I love looking back at the blog and seeing its journey over the course of a year. Plus, I end this year's list with 3 other side projects of mine. Humbly, in my own small way, I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2020 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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One of my favorite posts each year is this one - sharing about the new titles from the past year. I also now have the privilege of doing book reviews and write-ups for Dance Teacher as well, which I love. Looking over this list, The Grand Union and Hot Feet... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2020 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Self-portrait photo by Tori Duhaime Name: Tori Duhaime Current Location: Richmond, VA Job Title: Marketing Director and Event and Patron Services Manager, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, UT How did you learn about marketing, informally and formally? I fell into marketing simultaneously with photography very informally. I used... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2020 at market to market
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On Customer Care and Retention: A Few Musings with Polly Hancock The other day I got to sit down and talk with my beloved hairdresser, Polly Hancock. Polly is a successful hair stylist and co-owner of the New Florence Salon in Emeryville, CA. She is also the co-owner of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2020 at market to market
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Kathleen Hermesdorf. Photo: Robbie Sweeny From Blog Director Jill Randall: Yes, the list gets longer and longer to scroll through....but what an incredible list of artists who have shared, in their own words, about their career paths. Since August 2012, 172 artists have taken the time to reflect and to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2020 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Yalini Dream. Photo by Jendog Lonewolf. Keystone of the Arch By Iris Crawford "Keystone of the Arch" was a two day virtual workshop that closed the Power Shift series presented by the Hope Mohr Dance/The Bridge Project. The concept of the arch was taken from indigenous beliefs that explore how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2020 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Published in 2018, Sometimes Rain is a great new addition to your collection of books on the theme of seasons. Try it out with students in preschool, K, 1st, and 2nd grades. Meg Fleming's text is spacious and poetic to invite interpretation and choreographic choicemaking. The words inspire a dance... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2020 at Dancing Words Blog
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Coming Together through Identity and Artistry: The LatinXtensions Mentoring and Networking Program By Jill Randall Two of my passion areas in the modern dance field are mentoring and networking. Thus, I was thrilled to talk with David Herrera a few months ago to hear more about the LatinXtensions Program. Do... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2020 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Screenshot from Utopia, capturing the 9 actors in the production With Appreciation and Admiration: A Few Musings on Utopia By Jill Randall Eight months into quarantine life as a dancer, I have dabbled in a few online art experiments, as an audience member a handful of times and by producing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2020 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Annique Roberts. Photo by Mohamad Sadek. State of Darkness and the Internet of Dance By Garth Grimball Reproduction is beautiful. Reproduction is corrosive. The bonding of animals through sex to create new life is miraculous. Copying someone else’s intellectual property is unethical, illegal. The former is a welcoming of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2020 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Michael Wall. Photo by Marissa Mooney. I caught up the other week on the phone with musician Michael Wall. Michael is the Modern Dance Program Head in the School of Dance at the University of Utah. His extensive music site is called Sound for Movement. I myself am a huge... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Are you a teacher who works towards culminating projects in December (ie end of fall semester, end of the calendar year)? Are broad themes of hope, light, and darkness recurring themes in your classes? Then check out the latest book written and illustrated by Faith Pray, The Starkeeper. This book... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2020 at Dancing Words Blog
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Eddie Martinez. Photo: Donata Wenders. From Blog Director Jill Randall: As we continue to evolve and shape the conversation about dance history and lineage, I would like to offer a few readings from the blog to support your course from a few different angles. Over the past 8 years, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2020 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Today's post riffs off of a post from 2017 on my other blog, Life as a Modern Dancer. The post was called "The Verbs of Arts Administration" and included this graphic designed by Jenny Lederer for the piece: Text by Jill Randall of Life as a Modern Dancer Blog; graphic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2020 at market to market
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Screenshot from "Borderlessbodies, Transsoils" by Río Saúl Shift into Queer Time By Aiano Nakagawa Today's writing explores the 2nd Annual Queering Dance Festival, presented by Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, California. The 2020 iteration took place on September 19 and 20, 2020 on Twitch, with both live and pre-recorded pieces.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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The theme of "islands" has been a favorite over the years, especially to explore personal space, stationary movement, and working within hula hoops. And now, with teaching via Zoom in our separate spaces....we might want to explore "islands" through this new angle. My Island is a dreamy book by Stéphanie... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at Dancing Words Blog
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Oh, I love this new book, Taking Time by Jo Loring-Fisher. "Taking time to listen to a bird's song on the breeze. Taking time to gather up the blossom dancing free." Those are the first two lines in the book. This expansive book can be explored with a wide range... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at Dancing Words Blog
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A colleague and I were just reading some articles together, and thought you might like to join in as well. Yes, numerous ideas are repeated throughout the pieces --- which is important to note as a trend or worthwhile concept to consider. 18 Tips to Improve Your Instagram Marketing Strategy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at market to market
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Photo: Jeanne Donovan Name: Mary Anne Bodnar Location: New York, NY Job Title: Media & Communications Manager, Movement Research How did you learn about marketing, informally and formally? I fell into marketing through an internship placement at Movement Research (MR) in 2017. I had applied for a role with their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at market to market
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Screenshot from "bodyfabric" by Octavia Rose Hingle of our bodies, in time by audrey johnnson Today's writing explores the 2nd Annual Queering Dance Festival, presented by Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, California. The 2020 iteration took place on September 19 and 20, 2020 on Twitch, with both live and pre-recorded... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Screenshot from the website of Monica Bill Barnes and Company The Dancer is Present with Monica Bill Barnes By Garth Grimball Modern dance is being very considerate. Before March 2020, experimentation meant confronting expectations for many dance makers. The role of the spectator, “acceptable” lengths of time, and the very... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2020 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Clarissa Dyas. Photo by RJ Muna. On the Creation of Meet Us Quickly with Your Mercy By Jo Kreiter and Rahsaan Thomas In 2018, Jo put out a call for a Black change-maker interested in engaging with a Jewish artist about racial justice and prison abolition. Rahsaan responded. In the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at Life as a Modern Dancer