When Stop Means Go: Shining a Light on Backstage Scenario Planning

Backstage during a quick transition from one dance piece to another, I found myself stage right in the wings without my fellow dancer who comes onstage with me. “Where is she?” I asked one of the other dancers. A peek around the corner revealed that she wasn't ready yet. While the stage was dark, I attempted to communicate with the person on headset across the stage that we were not ready. First, I made a thumbs-down gesture. Then, I frantically made the slicing-neck gesture for "cut it." When the lights came up and the music started, I realized that I had failed in my nonverbal communication. Through the darkness, the person on headset must've either not seen me or thought at my "cut it" ge

Co-Active Coaching Sketchnotes

I just finished the book Co-Active Coaching: Changing Business, Transforming Lives by Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House, Phillip Sandahl, and Laura Whitworth. Please enjoy these sketchnotes (PDF) and the walk-through above created in Prezi. Learn more and get the book here!

Leading Myself: A Latin Dance Experience

Even though I'm a clear "E" (extroverted) on my Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I get very nervous about doing things alone - especially going out. I have been itching to do more Latin dance but was afraid of going to a club by myself. Who will go with me? What if my friends don't want to go? If I go alone, will people think I'm weird? Will there be shady characters ? Will I not know the steps? I dug deep and realized that these questions were holding me back, and I challenged myself to let go of them. My coach - Jess Grippo - said in a recent group session, "In doing the things that scare us most, we may discover a whole, new better way of being." I found a Meetup.com group that posts a Latin

What if the Smartest Minds Met the Smartest Bodies?

John Bohannon's TED Talk "Dance vs. PowerPoint, a Modest Proposal" left me with many questions but one in particular - what if the smartest minds met the smartest bodies? In his talk, Bohannon uses dancers from the Black Label Movement dance troupe to explain how lasers work. The carefully timed talk features dancers who use interpretive movements to demonstrate complex concepts. "If you focus them into a beam... you can perform surgery into an eye," he says, as the dancers move in sync across the stage in a line. "The atoms themselves are quite violent," he says, as one dancer moves sporadically. The dancers poke fingers at the violent mover, representing how lasers can slow down the speed

R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation): Group Recovery After an Injury

It's terrible to get an injury in a dance class. It's harder to watch someone else have one. It's even harder as the instructor to both care for the injured and get the rest of the class where they need to go. Dance injuries usually don't happen in a big leap or trick on stage. It's generally when we are marking the movement and not paying attention. Tonight, a student fell the wrong way when marking a small side leap. As she went down, I remember feeling confusion at first, then shock, and then I started reacting. As I went to check on her and assess whether it was a 9-1-1 call or a R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) situation, the other dancers sprang into action, running to ge

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