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Doug Varone & Dancers Summer Workshop

Doug Varone & Dancers Summer Workshop

SUNY PurchaseIn June 2012 I attended the Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Workshop at SUNY Purchase New York. I was dancing six hours a day for 3 weeks working closely with the company and Doug. I was in the large work elective class were I learned a specific role in the repertory pieces Rise and Boats Leaving. The dancers in the company as well as Doug had an abundance to share and taught me much more than I could have ever expected. The workshop was the most inspiring, nurturing, and challenging that I have experienced thus far and I left feeling rejuvenated and with friends I will have forever.

In July and August 2012 I also attend Movement Research's M.E.L.T Intensive at Danspace Project's St. Mark's Church in New York City. I was dancing for 5 weeks for more than 6 hours a day studying modern dance, a variety of somatic techniques, and choreographic composition. I had the privilege of taking class with distinguished dancers and choreographers such as: Tere O'Connor, Irene Dowd, K.J. Holmes, Vicky Shick, Eva Karzag, Lisa Race, Jennifer Lacy, Neil Greenberg, and OU alumna Rosanne Spradlin. I gained a deeper awareness of myself as a mover and learned to think in new ways through this philosophically in depth program.

The picture that I have is the only one from Doug Varone and Dancers Workshop. I am on the far left in an informal showing of the piece I learned, Boats Leaving. 

-Emma Rumberg