Good news everyone! Geeksdanz is proud to welcome its newest member, Ella Mason! Check out our interview with her below!
GD: How did you get into dancing?
EM: When I was 9 I saw my older brother perform in our high school’s musical. I asked my mom for musical theater classes. The acting and voice lessons at the local studio were the same night as Hebrew school so instead I got signed up for ballet and tap. I ended up falling in love with dance and I think things turned out for the best. I still can’t speak Hebrew though. . .
GD: What appeals to you the most about dance and dancing?
EM: I love that dance, whether I’m viewing it or doing it, engages my non-verbal mind. It completely changes how I approach the world and my relationships with the people, non-human animals, and even plants and objects around me. One of the most basic definitions of life is that living creatures move. Dancing makes me aware of my aliveness.
GD: What dance piece or choreographer do you love, and why?
EM: So many. . . but I’m currently crushing on Pina Bausch. Her movement is luscious but not gratuitous – it’s always in service of a larger drama or idea. Everyone should see “Pina” on the big screen!
GD: What do you do in “real life”?
EM: I am a massage therapist and I also teach dance. You can find out more about what I do on my website www.movementandmassage.com.
GD: Other than dancing, what do you do for fun?
EM: I am an obsessive knitter and I love working on a project while listening to an episode of This American Life or Radiolab. I also enjoy reading, making waffles, and making fun of my cat.
GD: What excites you most about working with Geeksdanz?
EM: I’m excited about delving into geeky topics and figuring out how to make dances about some unlikely things. . . I like trying to physicalize the abstract and getting to play around in the studio with a bunch of other geeks!
Welcome aboard, Ella! You can find her full bio in the Meet Your Geeks Page!
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012