Editor In Chief
Jennifer has worked on Dance Magazine since graduating from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in dance and journalism. A former senior editor of Pointe, she has also written for The Atlantic, Runner's World and other publications. As a dancer, she performed with California's Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Israeli choreographer Gali Hod and for Cirque du Soleil's 25th-anniversary celebration.
Raymond discovered his earliest dance inspiration in print in the photographs of Barbara Morgan, specifically her collaborations with Martha Graham. As an art and creative director he has been recognized with numerous awards. Raymond is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and cofounder of the contemporary art gallery Curious Matter.
A native of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, Madeline studied ballet at Southern Indiana School for the Arts and was later introduced to modern dance by Bill Evans. While completing her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography at Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College, she was cast in a historical reconstruction of Alwin Nikolais' Noumenon celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth. As an avid dance videographer and editor, she has worked on video projects for Bates Dance Festival and the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company in Southern California. She later served as a marketing and education manager for Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. She is currently the managing editor of Dance Magazine and Pointe.
A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Courtney danced with Lafayette Ballet Theatre before matriculating to New York University. After spending her freshman year in London, she moved to New York to attend NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated with a BFA in Dance. Courtney began contributing to Dance Magazine during her senior year. She has performed in works by Karole Armitage, Netta Yerushalmy, Septime Webre, Vita Osojnik, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Giada Ferrone and Fairul Zahid, among others. She continues to take class, create and perform in the city.
Suzannah grew up in Brookline, MA, where she took ballet and jazz at her neighborhood studio, and developed a love for all things musical theater. At Barnard College, she explored tap and modern, and began to combine her interests in dance and writing. She graduated with a major in English and a minor in dance, writing a senior thesis on the role of dance in Jane Austen's work. She has written about dance for various online and print publications.
A native of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Lauren is a graduate of Barnard College with degrees in Dance and English. She has performed works by Annie B Parson, Mark Dendy, Reggie Wilson, and Karla Wolfangle, and currently dances with e r a dance collective and TREES. While at Barnard/Columbia she choreographed and collaborated on several original musical theater works, among them the 120th Annual Varsity Show. She continues to pursue musical theater choreography and reviews dance for various online publications.
Editor at Large
Wendy danced with the Trisha Brown Company in the 1970s and has performed with many other NYC choreographers. Her own group, the Wendy Perron Dance Company, appeared at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Joyce, Danspace Project and other venues in the U.S. and abroad from 1983 to 1997. The documentary film Retracing Steps: American Dance Since Postmodernism profiles Perron along with seven other choreographers. She has taught at many colleges including Bennington and Princeton, has given lectures on dance across the country, and was associate director of Jacob's Pillow in the early '90s. In addition to serving as editor in chief of Dance Magazine from 2004 to 2013, she has written for The New York Times, The Village Voice, Ballet Review and Dance Europe. In 2011 she was inducted into the New York Foundation for the Arts' Hall of Fame and was honored by Dancewave in Brooklyn in 2014. She has been artistic adviser to the Fall for Dance Festival and often adjudicates for Youth America Grand Prix and the American College Dance Festival. Currently she teaches a graduate seminar at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and performs occasionally with Vicky Shick. Her book, Through the Eyes of a Dancer, is a selection of her essays, memoirs, and reviews spanning 40 years.
It’s summer! While summer vacation as a graduate student doesn’t have the same allure of freedom it once did when you were a kid, it can (hopefully) still be a time of a little more relaxation than during the school year. It can also be a time to brush up on fundamentals like research skills or work on something new. When you’re writing a dissertation or thesis, the summertime can be a welcome distraction or respite. Working on a long-term research project is often nothing more than a test of perseverance; here are some ways to utilize the summertime to recharge your internal battery so that you’re ready to go back to your dissertation/thesis, raring to go.
Longer days, nice weather, and some more free time are a great combination. If you’re able to, why not get out of the house and get some fresh air and vitamin D? Take a walk, go for a bike ride, play in the park with your kids, eat lunch outside on your break – just get out of the house or the office. You might be pleasantly surprised at how refreshing and invigorating it can be to spend time in the open air, and the sunlight is a natural mood enhancer. Exercise can also help refocus you and give you a second wind.
Be with others
No person is an island – it’s easy to become isolated while immersed in research and writing, but socializing with other people is important for mental and emotional health. With the advent of social media, spending time online on Facebook, or texting with friends often takes the place of actual, in-person socializing – but it’s not the same. Call a friend and meet up in “real life.” Spend time with friends and family, in person.
Give your brain a (short) break
Man (and woman) cannot survive on schoolwork alone. It’s a good idea any time of the year to take a short brain break, but the summertime is an especially good time. It’s okay to pick a weekend to treat yourself to a Netflix binge, or completely set aside your research for a few days. Why not read something fun, like a beach read, something from the NYT best-seller list, or a classic you’ve always been meaning to read? Sometimes taking a break from your work and then coming back to it with fresh eyes and thoughts can lead to a breakthrough.
Try something new
If you normally study mathematics, why not take a class or a workshop in art history? Writing a dissertation on education? Try a dance class. New experiences help broaden our horizons and help pull us out of boredom. As the saying goes, life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Cultivate an attitude of gratitude
It’s easy to become stressed and panicky while working on your dissertation. Taking the time to focus on things you’re grateful for can help you reframe and appreciate the moment. There’s always something to be grateful for, and when you’re frustrated or discouraged, every positive thing can help.
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