Molly is currently on faculty at Umass Amherst and Keene State College where she teaches modern, ballet and composition. She spends the summers teaching acting and dance at Eaglebrook School and setting site specific work with Hilltown Youth Theater. And yoga. Lots of yoga.
My philosophy of dance pedagogy is reflective of my view of dance itself; a form that is ever-changing, grounded in the now, highly personal and specific, yet vastly human and universal. I believe there is a duality between specificity and an-unbound freedom to move and explore. As an educator and practitioner of such a form, my teaching embodies a sense of continuous growth and exploration as my knowledge expands both practically and philosophically.
Technique, specificity and process matter. They provide a clear lens in which we can view development through, and a solid ground in which to work from and keep coming back to. This is home base. Concurrently, the opportunity to dig and deepen into the unknown and vastly personal exploration of one’s creative movement potential is equally important for the dance artist. I believe I teach from a place that holds both approaches and applies equal importance to each. This is the ying/yang of my current dance pedagogy, practice, and research. Using this I hold my students to their highest degree and allow them to weave between the technical, and experimental within an environment that is safe and supportive of trial and error. I use the classroom as a learning lab and one that is firmly planted in the experiential and present moment. I am honored and humbled every day to get to do this work. I believe that what I offer students is the opportunity to be seen and heard, while pushed to their highest potential in a space that is supportive and capable to cultivate real and deep growth.