Liz Hurt is an award-winning Director and Choreographer who specializes in theater and film. Her choreography has been seen in national TV commercials (Pepsi Super Bowl, Clairol Hair Color, SalesForce, NARAL), music videos (Lucius, Magana), and in theater productions at The American Conservatory Theater, Marin Theater Company, West Edge Opera, The Cutting Ball Theater, Shotgun Players, and The Aurora Theater.
Liz's work has won and been nominated for awards including "Best Choreography" by The San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle, "Best Choreography" by Theater Bay Area, Vimeo "Staff Picks," and "Best Dance" by Music Video Underground. She lives in New York City.
It doesn't have to be diagnosable by the DSM-5 to be dangerous to your health. Photo by Dominik Martin/Unsplash
When the cat food started smelling good, I knew I had a problem.
I'd always considered eating disorders to be extreme. Someone who never eats. Someone who weighs less than 100 pounds. Someone who gets hospitalized.
My behavior didn't fit the mental health definition of an eating disorder. I ignored it because I didn't know how to articulate it. It took me several years after the cat food smelled good to have the language to describe what was going on.
Liz Tenuto's choreography for the artist-In-residence program at CounterPULSE SF. Photo by Robbie Sweeny
As dancers, we all hop on "the track." We attend class every day at 10 am, we go to summer intensives every year, we regularly show up at audition after audition. It's what we think we need to do to achieve our dreams.
But other things come up—maybe we change or what we want out of life evolves. It is up to us to listen, to see if we can let our plan shift and to be brave enough to veer off track. Otherwise, we may not discover what makes us truly unique.