An Angle

Angles ANGLE: An angle is formed by two rays that share the same vertex. A curve is used to show an angle. A Right Angle: is an angle that forms a square corner. The performers’ left leg (the downstage leg) is making a right angle.  Assignment: Please circle the right angles made by dancers in…

Decision Making Dances

There are several dancing techniques that use breathing to help the dancer move.  An exercise I enjoy doing with a mover is the Decision Maker Dance.  Here are the rules. When you breath into your lungs make a dance movement that goes up. When you breath out of your lungs make a dance movement that…

Triangles

This is the school year to think of your kinesthetic learners! Triangles Triangles are polygons with three sides.  They are unique.  The sides go together in only one way.  This is not true of other polygons. Parts of a Triangle Any side of a triangle can be called the base.  The line segment that starts…

Hope for the Hopeless

This dance was facilitated while I was going through a tremendous storm.  The dancers listened to metaphor upon metaphor and they added their personal perceptions and opinions to the piece. Collaborating takes skill and patience. The piece ended up representing a lot of emotion.

He is Risen

First Friends Church of Canton, Ohio wanted to celebrate Easter morning with more than music.  Here is an exciting video of pedestrian and student facilitated choreography.  Dance is a powerful expression!

The Journey of Sunshine

The Journey of Sunshine is an original ballet by Choreographer – Brian Murphy. Music by: Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, Simple Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Brian Crain’s Moonlit Shore Choreography by: Brian Murphy (2019) Costuming: Joanna Martinez, Denise Carlson, Kimberly Payne World…

Musical Theatre at Wayne Center for the Arts

My passion area is helping pedestrians find joy in movement through learning about life.   I loved choreographing a piece for our local arts council WACPAC as they performed The Lion King Jr.      This is an adventure with encouraging BEGINNERS at WCA!

Creatures of Pattern, Comfort, and Repetition

During my undergraduate studies, I moved every 17 weeks.  It just seemed as if I would finish a class and discover a new opportunity for my living arrangements. It became a way of life for me and settling into my first apartment after graduation felt wonderful. Moving is not a joyous experience for me, although…

Understanding the Multigenerational Workforce

21st Century organizations have a responsibility to retain workers from the most diverse population of all time. Five generations conduct business in all industries while new commerce emerges through online venues each day. The vocabulary for each generation includes communication challenges for organizations to overcome. The World War II generation, Baby Boom generation, Generation X,…

Reflections on Leadership Styles

Maintaining Motivation in the Workplace Leadership style and motivation practices come naturally to many leaders.  My leadership style has been very transformational by nature, and I have been able to help people actualize their goals by helping them identify the intermediate steps of their journey.  Experiential understanding and early lessons in both psychological determinants of…

Understanding the Multigenerational Workforce

21st Century organizations have a responsibility to retain workers from the most diverse population of all time. Five generations conduct business in all industries while new commerce emerges through online venues each day. The vocabulary for each generation includes communication challenges for organizations to overcome. The World War II generation, Baby Boom generation, Generation X,…

Resonant Leadership

The career field of dance offers young men and women the opportunity to advance to professional contracts by the age of sixteen. For a dancer to accomplish this goal and have a fulfilling career he must be trained to be focused. The lifespan of his career includes being a catalyst for change, applying the excellence…