Learn what students had to say about participating in the Interactive Gateway Project. High school and university students talk about their experience learning Postmodern methods of dance composition and historic repertoire.
Sara Anderson: ASU
"I really like the chance improvisation. I would love to do chance games with my own students. I think it sets up critical thinking skills."
Melissa Bischoff: ASU
"Circle dances were surprisingly fun, inspiring, and energetic despite their simplicity. The communal aspects of these dances are very, very satisfying."
Francesco Caban: Arcadia
"Dance is the manipulation of the body, you are in total control of it, you use it, you make it dance. I like having text behind dance; it creates a mood for what I have to do. It creates a fantasy environment and I am a completely new person. One can't just do something without feeling it, they must know what they're feeling and why they are feeling it. Every ounce of their blood must be dancing."
Alison Chafin: ASU
"It's very important to be aware of the movement as it relates to your conscience, your body, and space rather than just thinking about how it looks. I think by doing this one can be more confident in their movement and work better in a group."
Daisy Delgado: Arcadia
"I discovered that as a dancer I could express my feelings even though it might not make sense to the people who see the movement."
Kristen Grippo: ASU
"I have learned through this project that even the small movements need to be performed and rehearsed using everything the dancer has."
Carrie LeBaron: ASU
"It was exciting to all of a sudden maneuver a toy monkey as I tried to complete the task. I really liked the versatility my prop offered and the new "personality" it gave me as I moved."
Lona Lee: ASU
"I really enjoy the process of this project. I love the investigating and sharing with such a great group. As a dancer it allows me to be free and explore movements that I can't often do during my technique classes."
Courtney McHugh: ASU
"I really enjoyed the sport dances. It was a fun activity, making our own sports up, and working in groups and I enjoyed exploring that method as a form of dance making."
Shane Paugh: Desert Vista
"Everything can be a movement or be observed and then transferred into being one through an individual's perception."
Rachel Ryan: Dobson
"I really liked using words and visual imagery to think of movements. Writing things down is a great way to organize my ideas and remember things, and it is also true for recording movements. I plan to do more writing in the future when planning dances."
Leanne Schmidt: ASU
"I think it is so exciting that we have such a young art form. It is fantastic that we had the opportunity to work with people (Yvonne Rainer) we read about in our history books and it is great to be totally engulfed in what they are saying."
Sirena Shamblin: Chandler
"I think I have grown as a dancer from these workshops. Before, I didn't know how to let my body respond to movement. I have also learned how to interact with other dancers more when I dance."
Laura Steigerwald: ASU
"Dance can be for everyone. The movements we did in the circle dances that we created were relaxing and enjoyable and fun to watch. The music really changed the look and feel of the movement we created and performed."
Kiri Theobald: Desert Mountain
"I think that everyone that choreographs a dance has movement that reflects something about them."
Sarah Ventre: McClintock
"I wanted to be part of this project because I love modern dance and am interested in new or innovative thoughts, ideas, and concept. Dance moves me, and I love how expressive, free, and real modern dance is."
Stacie Williams: ASU
"It was fun to incorporate the prop, because mine was a hat and I used it to create a character for me to be while going through the phrase."
Samantha Ellis: Desert Ridge
"I really liked the movements we've been doing in the workshops. I am learning so many new ways to express myself which are totally new to me."