As the new year begins, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the past year filled with dancing, teaching, and creating.
Doug Varone and Dancers finished off the year with an incredible week of performances at the Joyce theater. In a preview listing for the New York Times, Siobhan Burke wrote, “Mr. Varone returns to the Joyce Theater with his luscious, loping movement style and agile, grounded dancers, who are some of the city’s best.” [Also see Andrew Boynton’s review in the New Yorker].
I’ve been working with Doug’s company for three and half years and I continue to teach as part of our winter and summer intensives. In the fall, the company started teaching technique classes at SUNY Purchase, and this spring we will continue at Purchase and start teaching at the Hartt School in Connecticut.
Early in 2014, Gibney Dance Center took over the old Dance New Amsterdam space at 280 Broadway in NYC and I began teaching as part of their new Contemporary Forms series. I also did some subbing at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, and in October I taught in Boston at the Green Street Studios’ Moving Target.
In addition to teaching, I had the opportunity to create a new dance piece at the Varone summer workshop up at SUNY Brockport. I worked with 11 rockstar workshop participants over the three week intensive, we explored some movement ideas, and created Glitch System (see the full piece here).
I’m grateful for all of the opportunities of 2014 and look forward to another year of abundance.
Best wishes for 2015!