Magic at Mills College

Over a year ago, Ann Murphy, the head of the Dance Department at Mills College, and I met for dinner. She had learned about my dance program through one of my students who had recently received her MA from Mills and wrote her thesis about my format. Ann was fascinated...

Witnessing Nagwa…

Close your eyes, and imagine...  Cairo, Egypt. Summer 1968.  You’re at an outdoor festival. The scent of jasmine fills the air. The 35-piece orchestra plays their opening bars—new music with ancient roots. And then the great and incomparable Nagwa Fouad enters the stage.  The audience is smashed together, and you...

Endings on Opening Night

Life isn't "black and white." There are all these shades of grey—and so many colors—that create beauty in it all. They're never static, either. The shades and colors change all the time.   Every day, I'm feeling that challenge of being fluid, accepting and knowing that nothing will ever stay...

What can heal us?

If COVID hadn’t spread around the world this spring, I’d be in the middle of teaching summer workshops in the dance studios of Mills College. Right now I'd be sharing dance, movement, and community with the global Salimpour School. These annual summer workshops have been such a vibrant anchor not...

Planting a new garden!

I’ve been thinking a lot about planting. Like, literally planting my garden. Every year I grow flowers, herbs, and even tomatoes. The climate here in the Bay Area is perfect for fresh, juicy tomatoes… essential for cooking my mom’s Sicilian recipes. And I marvel at the simplicity of it. But...

They told me I couldn’t do it

They said I shouldn't do it. They said it didn't make sense. They said, "Why bother? You already have videos and DVD's.” They said that it wasn't a good time to expand and try new things, especially since it would cost so much money. They said to wait. But, of...

Setting intentions for the new year

Every January 1st, I wake up ready for the new year. But I didn’t always used to feel that way. Back when I was performing professionally, both in LA and in the Middle East, I had to dance on New Year’s Eve, and I remember every year being full of stress....