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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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This topic is one of my great passions --- so much so that I am creating three different reading lists here, based on what course or courses you might offer at your college or university. The lists can be used for: dance for children, teaching dance to middle school and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Posted Aug 11, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Black Bodies Sonata - Kayla Farris and Nik Owens. Screen shot image from the film by Deborah Corrales and Kayla Farrish. From Blog Director Jill Randall: This is one of my favorite lists to create each year and very close to my heart. These 50 posts hope to inspire and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Nia Love. Photo by Ciceley Fullylove. From Blog Director Jill Randall: This reading list includes blog posts in four categories: The Choreographic Moment, Studio Practice/Studio Time, Artist Profiles, and Previews/Reviews. Please find below 35 short pieces for your students to read throughout the semester. As your group makes, tinkers, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Kate Weare Company. Photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang. From Blog Director Jill Randall: Looking back at the 168 artist profiles and monthly features from the past 7 years, I have selected 28 blog posts to use within a college Composition Course. The wide range of viewpoints and career paths can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Because the Scroll Says So, choreographed by Hailey Yaffee. Photo by Ryan Kwok. Saint Mary’s College MFA in Dance Cohort 5 Performance of The Collective La Fevre Theatre, Saint Mary’s College of California June 27, 2019, 4 PM Review by Rachel Caldwell The nine members of the fifth MFA in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2019 at MFA Dance in Review
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Molly Heller; photo by Marissa Mooney Woodland Creatures, Summer Dance By Garth Grimball Remember when the “Song of Summer” wasn’t something to be predicted? The title wasn’t competed for, amalgamated from streaming metrics, to create a four-quadrant hit that could sustain the rapid-release-music-output era we now live in. Rather, as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Emily Hansel, Mallory Markham, Katie Meyers, and Jessie Egbert. Photo by Summer Wilson. Decisions, Decisions in BIG SALT By Garth Grimball “The doing is what seems hard. The having seems marvelous. But one doesn’t have a child, one does it.” So writes Sheila Heti in her autofiction novel Motherhood, dissecting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Photo: Summer Wilson 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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Peiling Kao in Hope Mohr’s “Stay With Me." Photo by Marley Aiu. Peiling Kao Dances One Body, Five Dances, Six Perspectives May 25, 2019 Dance Mission Theater Peiling Kao's program note: “One Body, Five Dances, Six Perspectives is the first phase in my research on the postcolonial body in postmodern... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Photo: Cheshire Isaacs Lili Weckler | Unhinge rocks the Earth with mixed results By Garth Grimball Minimalism is a privilege. This is the creed of maximalist artist and Macarthur “genius” Taylor Mac, whose genre-blurring, activism-cum-cabaret acts use spectacle as a means to communicate urgency. Minimalism allows time to process and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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“Lipstick Lumberjacks, Losers and Leapfrogs” offers a tantalizing foray into a queer imagination By Molly Rose-Williams It is rare for me that going to a show feels like going to a party. Shaunna Vella and Andrew Merrell’s newest work, “Lipstick Lumberjacks, Losers, and Leapfrogs,” was one of those shows. Their... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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For the next few days, we are excited to share several previews leading up to opening night for BIG SALT with The Anata Project. Performances run May 30 and 31 and June 1, 7, and 8 at the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco (401 Alabama Street). Purchase your tickets... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Shana Simmons Dance. Photo by Mark Simpson. A Modern Dancer’s Guide....to Pittsburgh, PA By Shana Simmons Pittsburgh is a growing city both in population and the arts scene. One strength to the Pittsburgh dance scene is that there is no singular “quality” to the dance styles. From athletic companies to... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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For the next few days, we are excited to share several previews leading up to opening night for BIG SALT with The Anata Project. Performances run May 30 and 31 and June 1, 7, and 8 at the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco (401 Alabama Street). Purchase your tickets... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Photo: Robbie Sweeny Dance as Event: An Interview with Lauren Simpson about DANCE EXHIBIT By Jill Randall Last week I got to sit down with choreographer Lauren Simpson about her 5-night run of DANCE EXHIBIT at the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco from May 9-18, 2019. Read Lauren’s full... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 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 13, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Photo: Robbie Sweeny 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... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From Blog Director Jill Randall: Three years ago, I compiled a running list of MFA dance programs in the United States. Today, I want to share the running list of MA programs and PhD programs. While the focus is still on the United States, please feel free to share more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Today San Diego-based artist Jess Humphrey shares about her studio practice. Please also check out Jess's artist profile on the blog from 2017 here. What’s your studio practice? I aim for an average of three studio sessions a week. One is LIVE practice, a time-based, ensemble improvisation session that’s been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Photo: Stephen Texeira Amy Foley’s Let Slip the Witches is Flat-out Transcendent By Sarah JG Chenoweth The irresistibility of witches is markedly familiar, even if you don’t share the compulsion. From fable to brutal history to contemporary practice, their stories are streaked with a power and mystery that we cannot... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Today New York City-based artist Jodi Melnick shares about her studio practice. Click here to read Jodi's full artist profile on the blog from 2015. Photo: Maggie Picard Studio time/practice has been an every (almost) day occurrence since college. I was fortunate to go to school with a group of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Today we hear from San Francisco Bay Area artist Randee Paufve. Studio time is solo time, when I work on everything, something, or nothing for the number of projects I have going at any time. Studio time takes place in dance studios, at a church in El Cerrito, in my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Today we hear from San Francisco Bay Area artist Nina Haft. Nina Haft & Company. (Left to right: Rebecca Johnson, Sarah Chenoweth, and Frances Sedayao.) My studio practice has evolved and continues to cycle with seasons in my production, teaching and life schedules. Noodling around and improvising is something I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From Blog Director Jill Randall: During the past year, these five San Francisco Bay Area artists have shared Artist Profiles on Life as a Modern Dancer. Today, I pulled together their thoughts around the art of teaching. Click on each artist's name to read their full Artist Profile. Lauren Simpson... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2019 at Life as a Modern Dancer