polar bear cubs and mother
I'm writing you from aboard the US Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy in the Arctic. I'm embedded here as the Jody on the ice only choreographer amongst a pod of scientists. While the science team is collecting data on sea ice optics, physical oceanography and under-ice phytoplankton blooms, I'm conducting research too, for a dance project entitled Ice Melt. For my workspace, I've commandeered the Healy's helicopter hangar as dance studio (see below). I'm also making dance excursions onto the ice. You can follow my progress on the expedition BLOG.

The science team and the Coast Guard have been incredibly supportive of my endeavors. One The Healy perk has been impromptu tutorials on such topics as sea ice composition, ice algae bio-markers and zooplankton reproduction. In return, I was able to offer the team a dance workshop the other night. Will keep you posted as our adventure continues.
Best wishes, Jody
Jody Sperling | Artistic Director
Rehearsing in the Healy hangar
SAVE THE DATE - Polar Vortex: Upon Return  

Monday, June 30 at 7pm

The JCC in Manhattan, 7th Floor Conference Center

In this lecture-demonstration, Sperling shares her experience as the first-ever choreographer-in-residence aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy. Event includes screening of Arctic sea ice dancing and discussion on climate science with guest speaker Dr. Stephanie Pfirman.

photo credits:
 BMCM Tim Sullivan (polar bears)