What My Teacher Taught Me: Jake Bone

Bone performing Gina Gibney's Dividing Line with Gibney Dance Company

While working toward his BFA in dance at the University of North Texas, Doug Varone dancer Jake Bone studied kinesiology under Shelley Cushman. Her matter-of-fact approach to anatomy inspired him to embrace his own body and all its imperfections.

“She made me want to learn more about my body anatomically and my stamp of authenticity—what makes me unique as a mover. I remember her sitting down with me, pointing out my imbalances and then giving me some exercises I could do to work on them. I still use her exercises to strengthen my supinators and pronators today.”

Catch Bone with Doug Varone and Dancers tomorrow at 7:30 pm at University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

Photo by Julieta Cervantes, courtesy of Gibney Dance Company

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