The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

July 8, 2013

Varied and consequential legacy

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So many, many thousands of Susquehanna Valley residents are richer in body (how they walk, stand, play sports, catch a beat) and in spirit (how they hear, see, conjure presence, enjoy, and connect deep within to that which is greater) because they were lucky enough to be taught by Joan.

Joan, you cannot know the measure of what you have given the world. Your legacy is varied and consequential.

From the kid who learned to love dance, and passed her musicality on to her children, to the parent who learned to appreciate their child little more, the community is better for your participation in it.

Your artistic impact has been exponential as your students went on to influence the choreographers, companies and repertories they served in, and the audiences they played to, the world over. Those dancers that then retired to become teachers themselves, paid it forward, passing your legacy and love of dance, on yet again. You helped set in motion the passion, courage and stamina these dancers would need to pursue and succeed in their dream. And so you have touched and changed the landscape of dance along with the hearts, minds and souls of your personal students.

Always the servant, never the braggart, shining your bright light to blaze the trail, to give refuge, to inspire. Who would so very many of us be, had you not been there to find us and "see" us, encourage us and teach us?

Our gratitude will never cover it. Thank you.

 Elizabeth Carpenter grew up dancing in Joan Moyer's studio. She went on to be a principal dancer for the Joe Goode Performance Group in San Francisco and the legendary Trisha Brown Company in New York. She taught master classes around the world, and served on the faculties of Oberlin College and Hobart & William Smith Colleges.

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