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Across the Floor (2013) is a world percussion solo with a multiple-percussion/drum set-type setup. The impetus for the piece was my experience accompanying modern dance classes on world percussion instruments. The title comes from the exercises performed by the dancers generally near the end of a class called going "across the floor." The piece itself simulates the entire structure of a basic modern dance class. It begins slow and relatively simple as the dancers warm up and stretch, which is followed by an acceleration and moderate tempo representing their first standing exercises. The final section is in a fast tempo as the dancers move across the floor. The music aims to represent the energy level that the percussionist must present to the dancers to adequately inspire their performance.