Bayeux and The Normandy Beaches

On June 6th, 1944, Angelo Paradiso crossed the English Channel at twenty-one years old to fight valiantly for the Allied cause with the 90th infantry on Utah beach. On May 14th, 2018, I crossed the English Channel at twenty-one years old under very different circumstances to remember the sacrifices made by men and women of…

London Through a Comedian’s Newsreel

I came to the United Kingdom learn about the Blitz, and I left with a new appreciation for London. I came in expecting nothing, if anything looking forward to having set plans after a week of moseying about Europe on my own dime and agenda. I left thinking, “hey, this is like a European version…

Crash Course in Amsterdam

                  Amsterdam is a magical place. The people are kind, the dams are beautiful, and the politics are liberal. For years I have desired to make my way to The Netherlands to experience all the quirks and nuisances of Dutch culture. But despite all the fairytales I heard, Amsterdam still didn’t fail to catch me…

Dublin and the Irish Spirit

From the slower paced rural city of Bayeux, France, I find myself finally with the time to reflect on the past week of travels while still immersing myself in European society deeply and presently. My European excursion began on May 3rd with Dublin, Ireland, and I came in blindfolded and with no expectations but to…

Comp Special Topics: Games and Sharings

Better late than never! Last semester I had the opportunity to take Eddie Taketa’s composition special topics class, and to say the least, it entirely changed my relationship with the creative process and with dance. I watched myself go from someone who likes to make, to someone who likes to play. The work I created…

Composition and Life Context

Composition has always been a bit of a “comfort zone” course for me. I lack confidence in so many areas as a dancer and artist, but I can always confirm with myself that I make decent work in composition. I noticed recently two stipulations of this. Firstly, it’s been made very clear to me that…