Sunday November 17, 2013
Today when I go to campus I will put to rest the last show I will ever supervise at the University of Colorado.
I will never again roll up vinyl dance floor, strike scenery, move black velour curtains, turn off the dimmers, and congratulate the run crew and the choreographers and performers on a job well done.
After 37 years of assisting young women and men as they discover who they wish to be, what they wish to say, what they wish do with their lives, I will say goodbye to them all and say hello to the memories.
Charlotte York Irey does not remember me now, but it was her and Nancy McElroy, and later Toby Hankin, who first offered me a chance to come work with them as they formed what is now one of the strongest university dance programs in the country. Assisted by extraordinary individuals like Marda Kirn and Nada Diachenko, Michelle Ellsworth and David Capps, our visionary department chair Bud Coleman, and so many, many others, I was able to make a contribution that helped mold a program that gives young artists a strong foundation for using their talents to create art.
I am satisfied with what I have done, and of the strength of the structure I leave behind for whoever will sit at the desk in Room W108 next year. I believe I built it well, and that it will serve many more artists well into the future, as new classes of students, and new generations of teachers, push forward the boundaries, and grow and change the art form of dance.
I wish them the best, and may I say for the last time, “merde”, and mean it with all my heart.