Artist, Teaching Artist
Dance, Folk Art, Music, Theater, Heritage, Literary, Visual
Originally from many corners of the world, Alethea Bodine is a practicing, professional teaching artist who has been granted the gift of evolving and dancing off the shores of Lake Erie for over three decades.
PA Council of the Arts; Roster Artist 1997 - 2006 / 2016 re-newal
The act of allowing oneself the space and time to learn about and explore an arts medium - without any other expectation but presence, safety and sanctuary for what is expressed - gives legitimacy to real learning and personal investment. The spaces where people meet to experience art and the power of the medium in this way, are great environments for healthy dialog and sustained growth.
Real learning can only occur in a safe environment. Without the comfort of personal investment, there is no learning or growth. If a person is not comfortable in their skin or their environment, they may not even be able to learn things they need to survive. In these cases, students/residents/participants run the risk of losing traumatized individuals - to themselves and their community.
Learning and embracing the power and diversity of our uniqueness is paramount to our comfort and willingness to contribute. The arts can be a powerful tool for self exploration, personal and shared validation and empowerment. Any arts medium can be a vehicle for learning, practice and expression.
As the artist shares their understanding of the medium, the student draws unique context from which to build a dialog upon. Practice with the medium allows for unbiased and uncensored exploration and expression. Expression is the gate way to healthy dialog. Dialog and invested exchange allows for growth through personal and shared learning. This is the alchemy of empowerment through the arts.
The inclusion of the arts with education is integral in any academic program. Art allows us to celebrate our diversity. Art illuminates our shared strengths. Art empowers us to be included in the dialog. The process of learning, practicing and making art inspires new, unique dialogs and allows us to be life-long learners.
chromatic dance™ is a somatic approach to learning and practicing recognized and shared dance techniques as a tool of embodied expression.
Vitae available upon request.