I am so delighted to announce that one of my pieces, "The Way I Do" was selected to be showcased in the Gala Performance of Plymouth State University's Dance Premiere. The Way I Do was choreographed specifically for the soloist, Mikaela Kane, for her studio’s competition season. Though the solo was created for Mikaela to compete with, I strived to give her an experience much like a professional choreographic process; we worked very collaboratively and I often asked for Mikaela’s interpretation and input regarding a certain idea. Prior to meeting, I also had Mikaela free-write about how the song made her feel. Her words and reflection served as an inspiration to the piece and her performance of the material. Ultimately, the piece is about being vulnerable and putting everything you have out into the universe. Though there will be hardships and rejection (especially as a high school student like Mikaela), if you strive to always be authentic and true to yourself, you will gain the confidence you need to persevere and not care about others’ opinions. Throughout the process, I wanted to give Mikaela movement that was new to her and would push her as a mover. As a result, the piece is very complex, raw and the musicality (my main sequencing technique) is intricate, like the many facets of Mikaela’s identity. I am very excited for Mikaela to get to perform at the Gala!