I write on movement. The how, why, where, when and who of movement. I think in movement, I see and speak and hear in movement. It is my language of choice. It is who and how I am. I couldn't help but tumble into a life in dance. This life is an improvisational adventure and I have come to observe that how I move through it matters, not just to me, but to those around me and those on distant shores, and to the shores themselves. How I move, how I live, it matters. The same goes for you.
My name is Julie Rothschild and I am a Movement Enthusiast. I make and perform dances. I prefer to ski up hills. I hike and paddle and like making up new kinds of pushups and sit-ups. I am an improviser. And I am not near done.
I taught my first dance class at Adriel School in West Liberty, Ohio, a school providing residential, foster care and adoption services for children. It was 1985 and I was 16 years old. The class was part of a research project I was doing for school on Dance Therapy. I knew in my bones that dance and expression through movement had a power beyond words and so I turned my thoughts into action. I walked into Adriel School, a shy and soft-spoken young woman, and shared my love of movement. It didn't take much to encourage teachers and students alike to rise from their chairs and dance with me. That in and of itself was a life lesson. We are all dancers. Some are simply waiting for an invitation.