Author Archives: Daniel Buraczeski

Embracing the "Unknown"

Not quite sure what I want to say here. I have just reconstructed two works, AVALON commissioned by the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 1985 and Song Awakened created in 2001. My “ambivalence” about both of them – the “Unknown” concerns my physical … Continue reading

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SMU Fall Semester 2016

The first day of classes of the fall semester is about two weeks away. I have a lot to do. My teaching load is not as heavy as it has been in the past. I teach Jazz II and the third … Continue reading

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June 2016 Teaching Jazz Dance Symposium

The 2016 Teaching Jazz Dance was hosted  by the Division of Dance at Southern Methodist University Monday through Wednesday June 13-15. It was the best yet – interesting and stimulating participants with great classes, presentations and discussions. Here we are! … Continue reading

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JAZZDANCE Archives

I can’t believe I almost forgot about this. JAZZDANCE came to a close with a two week retrospective at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis over two weekends, April 14-17 and April 21-23. Les and I were living in a wonderful carriage … Continue reading

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SUMMER 2016

It’s Thursday May 12. The diploma ceremony for the Meadows School of the Arts is on Saturday May 14 at 6:30pm outdoors in front of the Owen Arts Center. It’s great having it outside It is quite an event. All of … Continue reading

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Zenon Dance Company (Minneapolis) Merry-Go-Round

The Zenon Dance Company opened its spring season at the Cowles Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Minneapolis last night (May 7, 2016). One of the works on the program is a reconstruction of my 1988 duet Merry-Go-Round with music by … Continue reading

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End of Semester Essay/Daniel Nagrin

I ask all my jazz classes to write an essay at the end of the semester. In Jazz I, it is usually about the vernacular and how that relates to and informs the work we did together. In Jazz II, … Continue reading

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Continuity

We are now way into the second half of the semester, heading toward the end, actually. I gave Jazz II their movement mid-term before spring break, teaching an extended sequence of Mahalia Jackson singing In the Upper Room. It is from a … Continue reading

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Spring Break 2016

I feel badly that I haven’t posted anything in a while. SMU is officially on spring break. I have decided to stay put this year – thought of going to Atlanta for a visit with an old friend, also thought … Continue reading

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The ORB and Other Balls

I have been dancing for approximately 48 years now and my body has held up remarkably well. Four years ago this June, I had a total right knee replacement. It was the best decision and has extended my ability to … Continue reading

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