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Professional modern dancer

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Jill Homan Randall is a professional modern dancer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She resides in Berkeley with her husband and two young sons. Jill has spent the past 19 years active in dance as a performer, teacher, arts administrator, and writer. As a performer, she has danced extensively with Nina Haft & Company, Paufve Dance, and Dana Lawton.

Jill grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She was accepted into college after her 3rd year of high school and attended the Modern Dance Department at the University of Utah. She gratefully thanks professors Abby Fiat, Donna White, Phyllis Haskell, Jon Scoville, and Anne Riordan for inspiring her and encouraging her to follow a path to connect service and dance. Starting a career with teaching in public schools was the action that kept her in dance and believing that modern dance had value.

Jill has taught throughout the Bay Area in K-12 schools, including with the Lincoln Center Institute Program in Berkeley. For 7 years, Jill was an arts administrator at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts and then Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. During that time, Jill had the opportunity to “bring her kids to work” and balance being both a mother and administrator. (Both children worked alongside her for 6 months each.)

Jill has served on the board of Dancers’ Group and the California Dance Education Association. She has served on committees for the Alameda County Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership, Teaching Artists Organized, Service-Learning Program at Cal State East Bay, and Paufve Dance. Jill recently joined the Advisory Committee of Now Next Dance.

With Bridget Frederick, Jill co-founded and co-directed the Dance IS Festival, which produced a multigenerational festival for 7 years and highlighted nearly 100 dancers each festival.

From 2010-2016, Jill taught full-time at The Hamlin School, an independent K-8 girls’ school in San Francisco in which she taught dance to students in grades 6-8. In 2013, she received the Herbst Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. At Hamlin, Jill created and launched the On/Line Teen Dance Film Festival, which is now in its second year.

With co-author Valerie Gutwirth, Jill wrote the book Dance Education Essentials: 55 Objects and Ideas for New Preschool-12th Grade Teaching Artists. This pocket guide/journal can be purchased on amazon.com. With co-editor Katie Kruger, Jill is in the process of publishing a book about teaching dance to middle school age students, Middle Dance. The book will be available in Fall 2017 (www.middledance.com).

On the web, Jill maintains two blogs and two websites. In 2011, she started blogging about children’s books on dance (www.dancingwords.typepad.com). In August 2012, her second blog, Life as a Modern Dancer, was created to make a "living textbook" for college students about the many ways to have a life and career in modern dance and currently has 5,000 readers of all ages each month (www.dancingwords.typepad.com/life_as_modern_dancer).

In 2015, Jill created "MFA Dance in Review" to develop a website specifically for reviews of MFA concerts by emerging dance writers (www.dancingwords.typepad.com/mfa_dance_in_review). That same year she also developed "Bay Area High School Dance" to offer a hub of information about San Francisco Bay Area high school dance programs (http://www.dancingwords.typepad.com/bay_area_high_school_danc/).

Jill's articles about dance, performing, teaching, and arts education have appeared in journals, magazines, newspapers, and blogs including:
-In Dance
-Teaching Artist Journal
-The Horn Book Magazine
-Book to Boogie Blog
-Dance Studio Life Magazine
-Connections: The Newsletter of the National School Reform Faculty

Jill completed her MFA in Creative Practice at Saint Mary's College in June 2016 and became the Artistic Director of Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in July 2016.

Jill strongly identifies as a “modern dancer” – an umbrella for all that she does including performing, teaching, arts administration, volunteer work, mentoring, dance writing, and arts advocacy.

Interests

Intersection of language and movement, dance education and pedagogy, creative based dance, art in education, multimodal learning, educating future dance teachers, developing future professional modern dancers, teaching artists, networking in dance in the United States