Moving in Palestine: Katie arrives.

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The other side. I arrived in Palestine late on Tuesday night. After entering and exiting the doors of nine different means of transportation (subway, AirTrain, elevator, plane, taxi, bus, van, mini-bus, taxi), I was glad to walk through the final door to find Samar. We sat together all night, friends came- the two week long

The Skype Experiment: 5 months in.

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Since Samar’s departure in December many things have changed: almost all of the dancers now have smart phones, which facilitates us watching videos or reading emailed notes during rehearsal; everyone has downloaded Skype- for both social and professional reasons- where we hang out in a new sort of virtual apartment; Samar has become increasingly tech-savvy:

Honoring the individual: dancer explores new role

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As an artist, I feel both inspired and informed by the everyday occurrence. Perhaps you’ve heard this before. I do believe we are all artists. Some are more or less encouraged, others are more or less defiant, insistent, or confident. At any rate, we all have stories to tell and we are all teachers. I

Katie returns to Ramallah

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The spices I brought back from the Middle East while on tour last Spring have not been enough to satiate my hunger for the experiences I had while in Ramallah. Their aroma fills my mind immediately with the memories of welcoming faces, passionate dreamers, and open spirits…

YSDT Launch Party!

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On Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre hosted the first of it’s kind launch party featuring tunes spun by DJ Berberock, suds by Chelsea Brewing Company and entertainment by Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre. Calling in via Skype even at 1:30am local time was Artistic Director Samar Haddad King, who was passed from hand