Andrea Miller: What My Teacher Taught Me
Andrea Miller has developed a reputation as a wild child, choreographically speaking: Her company, Gallim Dance, known for its zany, expansive movement, has wonderfully idiosyncratic dancers. Surprisingly, Miller’s dance roots are based in classic modern dance (though her time with the Batsheva Ensemble certainly had an influence). At 9, Miller began studying Humphrey-Weidman technique with Gail Corbin at the Silo Studio in Connecticut. Corbin inspired Miller to pursue her own path in dance composition, with an emphasis on how movement needs to be performed with power and emotion.
“Gail could be extremely demanding, but not in an off-putting way. She wanted to be inspired when she watched me dance, and she would let me know when that element was fading from my performance. I’m completely obsessed with that now, as a choreographer and teacher–I am so much more interested in seeing dancers who are extremely present, who show me what’s happening to them as they dance.”
Gallim Dance will perform Miller’s 2009 work, Blush, May 21-26 at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fisher theater. www.gallimdance.com
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