On this episode of DLEW, I talk with Christine Maxwell of National Water Dance Project and South Miami Community Middle School.
‘Activism’ is a loaded word – especially in the arts. But Christine believes that true activism isn’t the negative image that is often associated with the word. Join us on this episode to hear how Christine approaches activism in dance by introducing new ideas to an audience.
Christine Maxwell has focused her practice in modern, ballet, and jazz while also exploring tap, hip-hop, West African (Ghanaian), Japanese, Hula, and Latin ballroom. She received her MFA in Dance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2017 and is currently the dance director for a middle school magnet program while also dancing with NWD Projects in Miami, Florida.
Christine’s past performance career includes dancing with Groovin’ Hai Productions based in Shanghai, China and as a free-lance artist, she has done corporate gigs and music videos in the western United States. At the university level she danced in pieces by prominent choreographers such as Joe Goode, Sherry Zunker, Susan Hadley, Michael Schumacher, Frances Rings, and Jean Erdman. Along with performance, Christine developed a passion for choreography at a young age and has choreographed dance theatre productions, videos, choirs, band ensembles, the Groovin’ Hai Productions touring group, and a flash mob marriage proposal in China.
Christine’s recent written and performative research has studied the connections between dance and environmental activism. She presented her paper, ENVIRON[mental]DANCE[act]IVISM: The Intersections of Environmental Activism Through Dance on Social Media, at the Performance Studies international 2016 conference in Melbourne, Australia. These studies, along with others, have led her to develop an interdisciplinary teaching practice. Christine uses interdisciplinary teaching methods to help dancers find connections between their technical practice and other studies, supporting growth as knowledgeable dancers throughout school and their future careers. Christine has enjoyed teaching students of all ages in Oregon, Idaho, China, and Florida.
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