Dancing Over 50

“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/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

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The dancers:

Alito Alessi: A Wisdom that Needs to be Experienced

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Linda Austin: The Willingness to Keep Going

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Valerie Baadh Garrett: Balance Is Not A Still Point

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Susan Banyas: Part of the Protest

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Mike Barber: Beyond the Expected

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Gregg Bielemeier: To the Point

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Emery Blackwell: Communicating More Than Movement

Rubina Carmona: Digging Deep

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Deborah Cohen: From a Place of Generosity

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Nancy Davis and Jim Lane: Still In It Together

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Ann DiFruscia: Moving Beyond Loss

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Naomi Gedo Diouf and Zakariya Diouf : Life’s Music in the Body

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Heidi Duckler: Finding Places to Dance

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Tracey Durbin: Just Put it into Movement

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Laura Elaine Ellis: Standing on Shoulders

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Kim Epifano: Openness to Imagination

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Nancy Evans Doede: What Does the World Call Better?

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Patrick Gracewood: Still Playing

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Nina Haft: Stitching a Complex Tapestry

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Mark Haim: The Articulation of Expression

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Anna Halprin: A Way of Life

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Jamey Hampton: And Why Not?

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Donald Hewitt: Appreciating the Passing

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Mira Katz: Connection and Community

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Hae Kyung Lee: How Can You Fake Dance?

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Shirley Jenkins: Despite all Odds

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Enrico Labayen: Transferring Knowledge and Tradition

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Laurel and Gene Leverton: The Science of Subtlety

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Bonnie Lewkowicz: Finding a Way to Make it Happen

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Carla Luna: Unraveling Legacy

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Wade Madsen: Cultivating Appreciation

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Carla Mann: Ready for Anything

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Tere Mathern: Persistent and Willful

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Stella Matsuda: Giving and Receiving

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Virginia Matthews: Moving Beyond the Present Moment

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Karen McDonald: Understanding the Journey

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Jim McGinn: The Kinetic Thrill

Jamie McHugh: Footprints in the Sand

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Josie Moseley: I Trust Dance

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Randee Paufve: Right Now, This Year, I’m Growing

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Jayanthi Raman: A Living Tradition

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Anandha Ray: Of Body and Mind

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Lizz Roman: Staying Honest

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Kathryn Roszak: Limitless in a Limited World

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Frank Shawl: How Things Fell Into Place

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Eric Skinner: Following a Passion

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Deborah Slater: Stubborn and Strong

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Melissa St. Clair: The Gesture of Life

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Tara Stepenberg: A Wisdom Practice

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Carolyn Stuart: Sharing a Connection

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Christian Swenson: Thoughtfully Playful

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Iris Tansman: Sharing Joy

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Cynthia Winton-Henry: Making an Offering

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Deborah Wolf: Desire and Willpower

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Who we are:

emmaly-001smallEmmaly Wiederholt is a Santa Fe 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 is a founding member of Malinda LaVelle’s dance-theater company Project Thrust. 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_BartningGregory 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

Photo by Erica J Mitchell

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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…”

Zoe BirdPoet, 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.

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