Kelly Shomper '03

Major: Theatre/Dance

Upon entering the Theatre/Dance program, and specifically the Movement Fundamentals (MF) curriculum, what were your initial reactions/feelings/thoughts? Upon leaving?

When Jane began the MF program at Luther I was a sophomore interested in dance, focusing on theatre and double-majoring in management. I was in introduction to dance the first semester she taught it and then followed with Movement Fundamentals I in the spring. I decided to focus my major on dance and drop the management. It was a very exciting and clear choice for me just after the brief experiences in Jane’s classes. The material she was presenting, the format, the practice/projects really resonated with me as a performer, creative artist, and in my daily life.

What is your current career/life path?

I am a Kindergarten Teacher! Hopefully, revolutionizing public school education. (Big grin.)

How does the MF curriculum inform this career/path...how do you use MF in your day-to-day life?

MF has affected and informed everything I’ve done since I graduated. It pulled me into a field I didn’t think I could be a part of and helped me know myself and my body in a way I didn’t know was possible. I am entering into this field of education as a more whole (-istic?) and balanced person than I could have otherwise and far more than most of my colleagues, it seems. My self-awareness and ability to self-reflect was developed and deepened through MF and it is one of my greatest assets as I facilitate learning for itty-bitties.

In a paragraph, how would you de- scribe the core philosophy of the MF curriculum at Luther?

If you know yourself and your body deeply, you can accomplish whatever you decide to endeavor.

What part of the curriculum was most valuable to you?

Moving! I really LOVED the foundation of somatics and experiential anatomy and then getting to apply that in more traditional dance technique-like classes. My already high enjoyment of those classes increased with my deeper knowledge of my body/self.

Is there anything else you want to share?

I am excited to hear what you discover!