Teaching Dance at Saint Elizabeths Hospital
To kick off Glade's 2014 - 2015 season, Glade embarked on a one-month residency for patients ofSaint Elizabeths Hospital in September. Teaching dance at Saint Elizabeths was a way to live outGlade's goal to empower others to move, create, engage!
Sylvana, Lauren, Betsy and Emma had a receptive group of participants every week. Many of the students already had participated in dance therapy sessions multiple times per week. Saint Elizabeths resident Dance Movement Therapsists (DMT) Nalini and Tracy served as guides and hosts to Glade, encouraging their regular session participants to join in, as well as opening up the residency to others at Saint Elizabeths.
Every week, Glade teachers led a "name game," using rhythms, tracing, or imagery to demonstrate identity. Participants then worked on locomoting in different levels, speeds, and styles. Finally, Glade guided students through phrase-making, linking movement generated by different students, or remembering a phrase week to week.
By participating fully and being open to guest teachers, the students demonstrated that dance is an important part of their lives and a healthy, expressive way to come together. Glade leaders found that certain types of music, including Funk Ark, J. Dilla and the Peals, really allowed people to engage in dancing.
During the final session of the residency, Abigail Colodner from National Alliance of Mental Illness joined. Abigail remarked that it was a very heartwarming experience and showed much joy and enthusiasm while participating in the workshop.
In the spring of 2014, Glade performed some repertory, including Connections, For Andrew, The Little Tomato, and District. Defined?, as part of Saint Elizabeths' annual spring showcase. Glade looks forward to returning next spring, and involving the students from our residency in the performance!
For Andrew, choreographed and performed by Sylvana Christopher, is a solo exploring adoption through the perspectives of a woman eager to have children and two different adopted sons and parents who have gone through the adoption process. The Little Tomato was choreographed by Dance Movement Therapist Jessica Melville Goodin, who originally suggested working with Saint Elizabeths several years ago! Connections andDistrict. Defined? are both examples of Glade's commitment to working in collective or collaborative ways, both within the group or by soliciting input from audiences, to make dances.