It’s All in the Family

 

“A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.”
– Ogden Nash

Family.  Such a loaded word with so many complex meanings that vary for each of us.  It’s a term that is universally understood and emotionally charged.  For the purposes of this blog, I want to talk about my family of dancers and choreographers.

When I visit NYC, much of my time is divided between visiting my related family and what I’ve now come to consider my chosen dance family.  Each group brings pleasure, meaningfulness and richness into my life.  My interactions with them deepen my perspectives and expand my horizon.  We connect eagerly and instantly as if no time has passed between us.

“The children have been a wonderful gift to me, and I’m thankful to have once again seen our world through their eyes. They restore my faith in the family’s future.”
Jackie Kennedy

My chosen dance family is an unexpected bonus that I’ve received from the years I have spent presenting and supporting contemporary dance. I don’t really think of them as my children, although they are all years younger than I am, but they do provide insights and inspiration as my own children do!  Yearly or bi-annual visits with the choreographers I’ve come to know and love become deep exchanges of experiences, updates, enthusiasm for each other’s accomplishments and understanding of each other’s challenges.  These relationships have added an inspirational depth to my life that I recognize as a privilege and a joy. 

Maybe it’s the time of the year, but I want to express gratitude to my family of dancers and choreographers who give so much of their time, energy and selves to create art for our troubled planet and whose art provides evidence to me that humans are capable of greatness.

Tere O'Connor

Doug Varone

To:   Aszure Barton, Brian Brooks, Doug Elkins, Doug Varone, Larry Keigwin, Tamango, Tere O’Connor and to all the dancers who have passed through SUMMERDANCE and/or DANCEworks residencies.  

Doug Elkins

Tamango

Aszure Barton

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Keigwin

Brian Brooks

 

THANK YOU for making my world a richer one!

 THANK YOU for sharing your talents and for your perseverance in the face of enormous fiscal and organizational challenges!

 THANK YOU for your support of and encouragement for my work!

 THANK YOU for being true to yourselves and your own unique artistic vision!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!

 






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