Category Archives: Dancer

An Ode to the Great Trisha Brown

There is something quite strange about trying to describe your emotional connection to someone you have never actually met.

This is how I have always felt about the incredible Trisha Brown.

In the wake of her recent passing, I would like to describe how her work influenced my life as a dance artist.

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Artists Speak Out and Show Some World Love

‘What the world needs now, is love sweet love; it’s the only thing, that there’s just too little of’

These lyrics have been swimming around in my head for the last several weeks.  No matter your political affiliation, I think you can agree that there has been a massive change in the air since the US election.

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Why I Love to Play Around in the Dance Studio

Yesterday I had the joy of walking into an empty dance studio with my good friend Charlotte. We had the intent of playing around with movement ideas and creating anything just because.

Neither of us had a deadline, an upcoming performance, a submission, or a specific idea burning to be created.  We simply got together and started moving and catching up on life. Continue reading


How Teaching Reframed My View of My Body Image

I still distinctly remember trying on my very first recital costume when I was 5. I went crying to my mother because my thighs didn’t fit in the legs of the leotard and they were being squashed by the elastic.

Little did I know that this would be the first of many experiences I would have with my body being ‘wrong’ for dance.

I have spent my whole life in front of the mirror.

I started dancing when I was 4 years old and I absolutely fell in love with being in the studio and learning how to perform on stage. Continue reading


What Are We Really Learning In Dance Classes?

I recently participated in a jazz class in London and was shocked to find out that it was a legitimate technique class!

Over the last several years, I have been overwhelmingly disappointed when I have gone to take professional level classes in various cities in the US and UK. My expectation is that I will receive a proper warm up that requires technical skill and finesse (i.e. plies, tendus, balances, etc) followed by a combination that is designed to be fun, challenging, and fits into the genre of the class.

Well, let me tell you about my experience:

So many classes that call themselves jazz or even modern are this new brand of contemporary that’s a bit of modern thrown in with a lot of acrobatics and scary tricks that look sort of cool, but will land most of us in the hospital with knee problems sooner rather than later.

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Why You Can’t Stop Worrying When Creating a Self Funded Dance Show

I am all at once nervous and proud. In just a few short weeks, this dance show has come together. In September, when most companies are getting into their regular rehearsal schedule, I was contemplating if I would create anything at all. By December I was in the studio with two of my dancers creating a duet and experimenting with ideas surrounding love styles and Sternberg’s triangular love theory. As the work started coming together, I realized that I really wanted to produce a season and introduce my work as an independent choreographer and artistic director of LaceySassoDance/Sasso & Company.

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