“Every experience I’ve had in my life is a resource in my body.” -Anna Halprin
Beauty is Experience: Dancing 50 and Beyond is a book celebrating dance at every age. A collaboration between dancer/Stance on Dance editor Emmaly Wiederholt and photographer Gregory Bartning, the book includes over 50 interviews with dancers ranging in age from 50 to 95, and spanning from Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area to Eugene, Portland and Seattle. The result is a compilation of voices reveling in the many ways there are to practice dance throughout one’s life.
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Details: 9×12, hard cover, 210 pages, full color photography
Alito Alessi: A Wisdom that Needs to be Experienced
Linda Austin: The Willingness to Keep Going
Valerie Baadh Garrett: Balance Is Not A Still Point
Susan Banyas: Part of the Protest
Mike Barber: Beyond the Expected
Gregg Bielemeier: To the Point
Emery Blackwell: Communicating More Than Movement
Rubina Carmona: Digging Deep
Deborah Cohen: From a Place of Generosity
Nancy Davis and Jim Lane: Still In It Together
Ann DiFruscia: Moving Beyond Loss
Naomi Gedo Diouf and Zakariya Diouf : Life’s Music in the Body
Heidi Duckler: Finding Places to Dance
Tracey Durbin: Just Put it into Movement
Laura Elaine Ellis: Standing on Shoulders
Kim Epifano: Openness to Imagination
Nancy Evans Doede: What Does the World Call Better?
Patrick Gracewood: Still Playing
Nina Haft: Stitching a Complex Tapestry
Mark Haim: The Articulation of Expression
Anna Halprin: A Way of Life
Jamey Hampton: And Why Not?
Donald Hewitt: Appreciating the Passing
Mira Katz: Connection and Community
Hae Kyung Lee: How Can You Fake Dance?
Shirley Jenkins: Despite all Odds
Enrico Labayen: Transferring Knowledge and Tradition
Laurel and Gene Leverton: The Science of Subtlety
Bonnie Lewkowicz: Finding a Way to Make it Happen
Carla Luna: Unraveling Legacy
Wade Madsen: Cultivating Appreciation
Carla Mann: Ready for Anything
Tere Mathern: Persistent and Willful
Stella Matsuda: Giving and Receiving
Virginia Matthews: Moving Beyond the Present Moment
Karen McDonald: Understanding the Journey
Jim McGinn: The Kinetic Thrill
Jamie McHugh: Footprints in the Sand
Josie Moseley: I Trust Dance
Randee Paufve: Right Now, This Year, I’m Growing
Jayanthi Raman: A Living Tradition
Anandha Ray: Of Body and Mind
Lizz Roman: Staying Honest
Kathryn Roszak: Limitless in a Limited World
Frank Shawl: How Things Fell Into Place
Eric Skinner: Following a Passion
Deborah Slater: Stubborn and Strong
Melissa St. Clair: The Gesture of Life
Tara Stepenberg: A Wisdom Practice
Carolyn Stuart: Sharing a Connection
Christian Swenson: Thoughtfully Playful
Iris Tansman: Sharing Joy
Cynthia Winton-Henry: Making an Offering
Deborah Wolf: Desire and Willpower
Who we are:
Emmaly Wiederholt is a New Mexico based dancer and writer. She received her MA in arts journalism from the University of Southern California and her BFA in ballet and BS in political science from the University of Utah. She further trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and has performed extensively around the Bay Area. She has contributed to the San Francisco Bay Guardian, In Dance, Caring Magazine, Cue Newspaper, the Santa Fe Reporter, Fine Lifestyles Magazine and, of course, Stance on Dance, which she founded in March 2012. Emmaly was named one of 2016’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 for her work on the Dancing Over 50 Project.
Gregory Bartning is a San Francisco and Portland based photographer who shoots portraits, fine art, commercial and corporate work. His work has been exhibited in The Triton Museum and numerous galleries. His images have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Discovery Girls Magazine and the New York Times. His love is people photography and the story that we all live. For more info visit www.BelleImages.net
Designer Lieve Maas is owner of Bright Light Graphics, a design studio in Portland. In her own words: “Have you ever realized your feet brought you to places you never thought you’d go, and – boom – you’re there? That’s exactly what happened with Dancing Over 50. I simply knew I wanted to be part of this project. Dancing Over 50 combines two passions of mine: dancing and books. The direct language of the dance is what attracts me to it. I love immediate expression. Books, on the other hand, are introvert as an art form, but have the magical capacity to expand our world, from the inside out. As an expressive dancer and an introvert reader, I love indulging in both. In my world as book designer however, getting to create a book about dance is the culmination of all things Yum. I’m a happy dancer…”
Poet, teaching artist and editor Zoë Bird is the director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project Minnesota and a mentor and consultant in the field of arts and aging. She studied and later taught Documentary Studies at the Santa Fe University Art and Design (formerly the College of Santa Fe), and regularly performs and collaborates with artists in all media.