When a born and bred California boy decides to follow dance wherever it may take him, life all of a sudden becomes a lot more exciting. My Two Left Feet chronicles the adventures and insights of a guy who fell in love with dance and allowed it take him to the most unexpected places.
About the boy: Brian Schaefer grew up outside Los Angeles, CA. As a student at UC San Diego, he discovered dance and, at the last possible minute, declared it his second major, stayed a fifth year, and has never looked back.
Brian started as a Dance Critic for SanDiego.com. In 2007, he received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Arts Journalism to study Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina.
From 2007-2010, he worked as the Program & Audience Development Manager for ArtPower! at UC San Diego, the university’s multi-arts presenting program (which includes an international contemporary dance series) and the Dance Writer for San Diego News Network.
From there, he took a leap of faith, followed dance (and a few other reasons) to the other side of the world and started from scratch in Tel Aviv, Israel as a 2010-2011 Dorot Fellow, exploring Israeli society through the lens of dance and volunteering with the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance & Theatre, the country’s largest presenter of dance.
The strange part is that, following his fellowship, he didn’t leave. He’s still in Tel Aviv, still seeing a LOT of dance, contributing to numerous publications about dance in Israel, including the New York Times and Dance Magazine, and is now a Member of the Board of the Dance Critics Association which requires him to wake up at 3:30am once a month to participate in conference calls. He is also pursuing his Masters in Literature/Writing at Bar Ilan University.
Beau Casey said:
This is BRILLIANT!! Love you blog!
Carolyn Passeneau said:
Wonderful work, Brian!
Brian, your insight about young children is spectacular!
Y. Ben-David said:
I discovered your blog through your fine column about making aliyah. We came 25 years ago, also from southern California and have never looked back. We are Orthodox/religious and I can tell you there is a lot of interest in dance in this community. I have two daughters who are receiving college degrees in dance education through a religious women’s college.
We wish you the best!