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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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Inside an Insightful Mind: An Interview with Dr. Doug Risner By Camryn Eaglin Dr. Doug Risner is an accomplished, well-respected dance educator and scholar. With a focus in dance education, his research and practice is etched in humanizing dance pedagogy. From his extensive research throughout his Masters and Doctoral studies,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Life as a Modern Dancer
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“One. One & One” Equals All By Garth Grimball Vertigo Dance Company, based in Israel, concluded this year’s American Dance Festival with a performance of “One. One & One” (2017) at the Reynolds Theater on Duke University campus. The dance opens with a solo. Yarden Oz drips and extends her... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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"Dance/Reflect:" A New Journal to Use with High School Students By Jill Randall Over the years, I have created 4 journals to be used in undergraduate and graduate-level technique courses. I have heard of high school dance teachers adapting these journals to use in their classes and studios as well.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Photo: Shinichi Iova-Koga finding tiny freedoms By Bhumi B Patel I often begin my studio time by pulling a tarot card to guide my improvised practice - the deck depends on the day, but there are three that are in my rotation. Sure, I have prompts, parameters, progressions that I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From Blog Director Jill Randall: This is one of my favorite times of the year on the blog - planning ahead for the upcoming school year. August also marks the 10th (!) anniversary of the start of Life as a Modern Dancer. While the blog serves many purposes these days,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Photo of "Four by Four" by Steve Disenhof. Holding juxtaposition: post-performance reflections on "Four by Four" By Emily Hansel Woohoo we did it! I produced my first evening-length choreographic work, and it was awesome! Cut to: everyone in the world asking me what I’m making next. I’m only half joking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2022 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 Jun 23, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Dancers Brandon Graham, Anna Greenberg Gold, Sawako Ogo, Sam Grayson, and Allegra Bautista. Photo by Hillary Goidell. In “FRAMEWORK,” Kristin Damrow & Co Explore The Body Inside And Out By Garth Grimball Kristin Damrow knows how to produce live art. Since “Eames” premiered in 2018 in San Francisco, Kristin Damrow... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Nadia Adame (left) and JanpiStar (right). Photo by Nick Flagg. Inclusive Rules: Teachers Can Learn about Integrated Dance By Camryn Eaglin Inclusivity. A word that many have discussed probably more than they’ve practiced. How are dance educators actively creating an inclusive and accessible environment in their classrooms? Inclusivity doesn’t stop... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Mia J. Chong, Chelsea Reichert, and Alex Carrington (left to right). Photo by Steve Disenhof Photography. “Four by Four” by Emily Hansel: Reflections on Product as Process By Molly Rose-Williams A few weeks ago, I went to a friend’s art opening. It was held in the front room of a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Peiling Kao Dances: One Body, Five Dances, Six Perspectives II May 6th & 8th, 2022 University of Hawai’i, Mānoa Earle Ernst Lab Theater, Honolulu, HI Reviewed by Christopher Blasdel Peiling Kao’s dance concert—One Body, Five dances, Six Perspectives II—consisted of a series of short, commissioned dance vignettes from five guest... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown (right) in conversation with a colleague. Culture & the Dance Educator: Online Course on Anti-racist Dance Teaching By Camryn Eaglin Online learning opportunities in the dance community are far from scarce this summer, and although they often call for young dance students, there is one focused on... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From left: Erin Yen, Sharon Dalke, and Chelsea Reichert in Talking Circle. Photo by Robbie Sweeny. Risa Jaroslow & Dancers Talking Circle May 12, 2022 CounterPulse By Sima Belmar One of my favorite things about dance class is the time spent on the sidelines watching others dance. I suppose the... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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From left: Erin Yen, Chelsea Reichert and Sharon Dalke in Talking Circle. Photo by Robbie Sweeny. Circling Freedom with Risa Jaroslow & Dancers By Garth Grimball Six dancers enter. They sit in a circle. Gestures are passed from one body to the next in acts of listening. There is no... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Julie Crothers. Photo by Hans Holtan. Are You There God? It’s Me, Jules NOHspace, San Francisco April 15, 2022, 7pm Choreographed and Performed by Julie Crothers Original music by Ben Juodvalkis with contributions from Greta Hadley and Jeanne Hadley Lighting design by Maxx Kurzunski Review/response by Sima Belmar I recently... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2022 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 3, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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“Frolic”: Reflections on the 3rd Annual Queering Dance Festival By Molly Rose-Williams Last Saturday I attended “Frolic,” an evening of performances produced as a part of the annual Queering Dance Festival. I’ve shared some of my impressions of the evening below in “snapshot” style—a glimpse of each chapter of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Julie Crothers. Photo by Hillary Goidell. Last week, I got to connect with Bay Area artist Julie Crothers. Julie is an incredible performer, choreographer, and teaching artist. Her solo show - Are You There God? It's me, Jules - premieres at Noh Space in San Francisco this Friday and Saturday,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2022 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 Apr 7, 2022 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 Apr 7, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Modern Dance Fan Club: RAWdance’s CONCEPT series: 28 By Jill Randall I had the opportunity to interview RAWdance co-directors Katerina Wong, Wendy Rein, and Ryan T. Smith a few weeks ago, so I was primed, prepped, and excited to see the CONCEPT series in person on Saturday, March 26th. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Photo by Lara Kaur. Dancers pictured (L to R) - Katie Florez, Nicole Maimon, Olivia Caldeira Holston, Erik Debono, and Sawako Gannon. David Herrera Performance Company Ignites Language in “The Tip of My Tongue” By Garth Grimball Language shapes reality. Living across languages intensifies the power of the spoken word.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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CONCEPT Series 28 artists. Photo credits: (L to R) by Margo Moritz, Yasmina Mattison, RJ Muna, Robbie Sweeny, Emily Hansel, and Chani Bockwinkel. An Enduring Idea: 15 Years of RAWdance’s CONCEPT series By Jill Randall The other day, I had the pleasure of checking in with RAWdance co-directors Katerina (Katie)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Zaccho Dance Theatre aerialist Ciarra D’Onofrio at Grace Cathedral. Photo courtesy of Zaccho Dance Theatre. Zaccho Dance Theatre’s Love, a state of grace: aerial, ethereal, magical By Sima Belmar I couldn’t get the word “empanada” out of my head. I was lying on Mary Armentrout’s Feldenkrais table in Berkeley and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer
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Dancers Shareen DeRyan, Chelsea Reichert, and Alex Carrington in rehearsal with Emily Hansel. (Image description: Three dancers are standing and posing in close proximity in a light filled studio with a large mirror behind them. The mirror image shows the backs of the dancers and the windows on the other... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2022 at Life as a Modern Dancer