Farewell San Francisco, hello Cedar City!

University of the ParksI have accepted a full time tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Dance at Southern Utah University beginning Fall 2019

A humble thanks goes out to everyone in the San Francisco Bay Area who has supported the full flourishing of my career and my dance company, Inside Out Contemporary Ballet. I want to thank our donors, our fiscal sponsor Dancers’ Group, our collaborators, dancers, students, and performing artists who have made our work possible since 2012.

In this time of transition comes much reflection and opportunity for growth. Since finishing my MFA in Dance at Mills College in 2018, I have realized, after 3 years of deliberation, that although my roots lie in classical and contemporary ballet, my artistic interests, academic research, social activism, and other creative projects have evolved beyond the particulars of a contemporary ballet aesthetic. For now IOCB will remain a vessel for my creative work, however I will be launching a new project, the Casey Lee Thorne (CLT) Dance Alliance, in the coming months. This project will provide a larger framework to dream expansively, connect globally, and organize collaborations across aesthetic and conceptual lines.

Stay tuned!

My Definition Of Cool

Cool is dancing like no one is watching and not caring what other people think of you.
(But who is really that secure all the time?)

Cool is standing up for the underdog and doing what’s right.
(But it can be hard to know who is the victim and what is the crime.)

Cool is helping people believe in themselves.
(But who’s gonna save the hero?)

Cool is knowing when enough is enough and it’s time to move on.
(But letting go takes vision, discipline, patience, and trust. All of which can be beaten out of you.)

Cool is working hard to make your dreams a reality.
(But is there rest for the wicked?)

Cool is striking up a conversation with a stranger, and making a new playlist. Cool is forgiving your parents for all the times they weren’t being cool. Cool is loving with abandon even though you’ve been hurt.

Cool is Mark when he stood up for me on the last night I saw him.
I bet you’re still cool, sitting in that living room in the clouds, letting the world pass you by.