Cunningham’s hands

Summer Lee Rhatigan in a striking pose



Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. – Twyla Tharp

Dance training can’t be separate from life training. Everything that comes into our lives is training. The qualities we admire in great dancing are the same qualities we admire in human beings: honesty, courage, fearlessness, generosity, wisdom, depth, compassion,and humanity. – Alonzo King

“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.” –Merce Cunningham

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

“Everything is education if we let it be.” – Summer Lee Rhatigan

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” – Frida Kahlo

“You your best thing…” – Toni Morrison, Beloved

Letter To Yourself

Dear Future Self,

First off I hope that you’ve had a wonderful time at FSU so far, currently you are a freshmen and enjoying every moment being apart of the dance program and trying to soak up all the knowledge that everyone has to share here. I hope that we’ve had a very successful run so far and continuing doing so throughout the end of of our time here and beyond.

As a senior dance major I hope that I’ve taken all the opportunities FSU’s dance program has to offer like study abroad program or the NYC program because I think both of those things are great experiences and have only great outcomes for my future. Also as a senior I hope I have come close to, for lack of a better word, perfecting my choreography skills because besides being a performer I also want to hopefully thrive in the choreographing sides of the professional dance world. With that I also hope to become a better teacher during the choreographic process and on top of that I hope I have developed a better understanding of my own personal choreographic process. In terms of physicality I hope of course that I’m an all around stronger dancer especially in terms of endurance and stamina because I think currently as a freshmen those are things that I’m personally trying to strengthen.

Future self I hope you have a more clear idea about what you want to do with your life after you get out of college. Currently I’m really into very abstract movement that also has a certain strength and elegance to it like Alex Ketley’s company The Foundry or the brilliant work of Ohad Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Company set in Israel. I’ve kinda been obsessed with the movement and vocabulary that Ohad developed called Gaga every since I went to San Francisco the summer going into my senior year of high school for a month at San Francisco Conservatory of dance where I took Gaga class almost daily and worked on some of Ohad’s rep. I think that Ohad’s dancers have such a striking strength and artistry to them it leaves me speechless. But that’s just my recent train of thought, I am constantly thirsty for new ideas and new developments of dance from all around the world. So with this I hope that as a senior I have a better foothold into those ideas, developments, and types of dance. I think that it would be beyond amazing to work with these artists or with artists that create similar movement in the near future.

So with all that said ultimately I hope that we are just happy doing whatever it may be that we decide to do and that we live life curiously and fully. I love us 🙂