Carey McKinley teaches at The Cambridge School of Weston, where she works with students with no dance experience and those with years of training. Her courses span from the highly technical to the highly creative, and include alternative approaches to exploring movement through a variety of media, dependent on the individual student's needs and interests.
Current Courses Taught:
Contemporary Dance Technique (modern, post-modern)
Experiments in Movement
Dance, Media & Technology
Cultural Studies in Dance
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"Screen Dances" Created Collaboratively with Students
"Movement in Collage" Event, 2012
Dance and movement studies are fertile ground for students to learn about themselves in relation to the world. At the center of dance studies are identity and self-expression. We begin inwardly, as we explore lines of energy through our bodies, our breath, rhythm, sensations, qualities of movement, and intention. What begins internally is expressed outwardly as we interact with the physical world, space, time, force and gravity. We explore relationships to things outside of us: other individuals, ideas, cultures, our community, and our environment. We learn by experiencing and embodying ideas and forms, by discussing and intellectualizing about them, and by developing our own personal form of expression.
Making art can be an act of rebellion, a question, a statement, an instant and a million years. There is not one way to do it. Through dance and movement studies, I encourage students to explore their natural movement style, to be playful, take risks, and find their voice and how they want to express themselves in the world. I introduce students to traditional and non-traditional forms from around the world, different approaches and perspectives, and encourage them to question categorization. I encourage a non-competitive, collaborative environment where students are engaged in a creative process that allows for trial and error, discovery, and personal experience.
I was technically trained as a classical ballet dancer, but that alone did not feed my soul and did not lead me to knowing myself in relationship to the world. Precision and technique without personal expression are empty. Even when training in a popular or codified aesthetic, I work with students to balance technical proficiency with personal connection and intention, both reflections of identity. Whatever technique I teach, my classes employ movement principles that promote longevity in body use and function – breath, flow, connectivity, alignment and strength. I enable students to access a wide range of movement possibilities, and to express themselves from a grounded sense of self.
Choreography for Students