Artist Q&A

Roxanne Nielsen Questions and Answers


1.     Briefly describe your normal studio practice and work as a teaching artist.

My work as a Teaching Artist has provided me with many opportunities to work with many different people. I have trained as a Teaching Artist with the National Dance Institute, Dancing Classrooms and am currently working on my certification for Dance for PD. I have taught

all types and ages of people and continue to learn from everyone I get the chance to work with!

2.     How has sharing your work with students, teachers, and other artists shifted?

Over the years, my work has changed from being very hands-on, in the “trenches” to more of a training role for other teaching artists. Now that we are all teaching virtually, I am working along with other instructors to figure out how we best can do that.

3.     If your activities incorporate educational learning standards, whether formal or informal, please discuss them.

As a Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist, it is extremely important that we incorporate educational standards in our residencies since they are taught during the school day. When I was a dance teacher at South High School, I had the opportunity to begin the process of creating informal standards. I also had the great experience of working on the Fine Arts Standards for Dance for the Nebraska Department of Education.

4.     Are there follow-up activities beyond the one you are presenting?

I would encourage any participant in my activity to continue to create dances or to share with friends/family, etc. the process.

5.     What is your favorite non-art activity that inspires you?

My favorite non-art activity is reading and cooking although I think those are both art forms. I also like to exercise!

6.     List an artist(s) that you look to for inspiration and explain why.

There are quite a few but my heroes are Pierre Dulaine (founder of Dancing Classrooms) and Jacques d’Amboise (founder of National Dance Institute). Those two people showed me how dance/movement can change anyone’s life for the better. They also had a profound influence on how I teach. I also am inspired by music, art and the dance trailblazers of the past.