Stephanie Sutherland on tour with YSDT in Jordan, 2010

Honoring the Individual: Movement as Therapy

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How wonderful is it that we can go to a class and stretch out our stress, or turn on music in the living room and shake out our anger?  To me, this is movement therapy.  Turning off our voice and going inside of our bodies enables us to connect to a wellspring of information that

Kelli Youngmad in rehearsal for her solo

Honoring the individual: Developing the solo artist.

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About a month ago, Kelli Youngman- a senior at the Fordham/Ailey BFA Program in New York City- performed a solo that we choreographed in collaboration with the dancers of YSDT for the Fordham/Ailey BFA Senior Solo Concert.  This was my fifth senior solo commissioned by students of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in the past five