Dance Methodology Series

  • My practice of dance for 15 years has shaped how I
    think, understand, and make. 
    In this series, I explore how the methodologies of dance apply to art and design.
    a. Practice Makes Almost Perfect
    Understanding of the 'basics', repetition, practice and strength
    are all vital for growth and development.

  • 4' by 5' Masonite, Acrylic Paint, Water, Painter's tape
    My techniques for application and layering expanded through out the process with experimentation.
  • In ballet, same steps are practiced (1) each class at bar (2) across the diagonal of the floor in studio (3) when learning choreography (4) during rehearsal (5) and finally under stage lights. These same steps gradually build in complexity and variety.
  • (Close up)
  • Ballet looks effortless, however it takes an immense amount of strength, mental concentration and practice (time) to possess the control to make each movement beautiful.
  • b. Transition
  • Restriction exist and things must be planned.
    However, form and beauty can be honestly created through aqute sensitivity- through the mind's ability to trust the body.
    The painting's dimensions are 4' x 5'. This piece was displayed as a projection on the painting in installation. However, to meet digital demands, a photograph of the painting was overlaid onto the video.
  • I choreographed and performed this dance and videotaped the performance.
    I then created a painting which the video of the performance is projected onto  and interacts with.
  • Most believe that dance is a series of steps that can be captured in photographs. However, it is the connections between the steps that awaken choreography; each breath out and in.
  • c. Building by Breaking
     Everything made undergoes a process. Process can seem frustrating, but it is the core of development and helps the maker fully understand and own thier product.

                            Materials: A collection of my sister's and my old point shoes, dental floss, screws, wood.
  • What does it take to point dance? 
    it's a process...                            Ω
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  • d. Dance Tool
    This is a tool creates a visual record of the movement of feet. It holds and disperses the paint for longer, so a dance combination can be recorded without stopping, making it ideal for expansive performance and art collaboration.
  • This is how design can inversely inform dance.
    RISD Foundations Spring 2012