A Work of Art

Studying the Vitruvian Man is very beneficial for a dancer.  Leonardo Da Vinci wrote of man standing limbs apart:

“…know that the centre of the extended limbs will be the navel…”  

What a great visual when considering how to use your limbs – Where do they start?  Not at your hip and shoulder joints but in your center.

And consider this among his list of human proportions:

“The length of the outspread arms is equal to the height of a man.”  

Are you using your arms in a way that is equal to your height?  Have you broken through  the concept of personal space to consider that you may not be taking up your actual personal space?

And what about interpersonal space? Observe the outstretched stance of the image. Notice how we are in our most perfect, symmetrical place when we are reaching out.  How might that affect how you interact with other dancers? What kind of connections can be made?

Consider where these concepts of line and symmetry might take you:

“Similarly, in the members of a temple there ought to be the greatest harmony in the symmetrical relations of the different parts to the general magnitude of the whole.”

This riff on Aristotle’s and Euclid’s ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ begins your journey into the concept of synergy – amongst your bodily members, your fellow dancers, the world around you.  The total sum of your expression as a dancer is more, way more, than the sum of the individual parts of yourself that you bring.  But you have to bring it all – body, emotions, mind.  All in.  Stand in the stance of the outstretched Vitruvian Man.  Stand there for at least a minute and feel yourself expand into the space around you.  Do this before a performance and see where it takes you.  You are an actual work of art!

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Stand Tall!

Playing around with images…

Stand Tall

Word Study for Dancers: Confident

Convinced
Courageous
Fearless
Hopefull
Positive
Self-Assured
Secure
Undaunted
Expectant

Borrowed the standtall image from the standtallevent, looks like a great organization!

A New Look at the New Year

Some dance goals for 2016:

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TURN IT ALL UPSIDE DOWN

Mental exercise – Visualize your combinations:
backwards
in reverse
on the other side
at a different tempo

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MAKE A DANCE FRIEND WHO IS NOT THE SAME AGE AS YOU

Share your excitement
Compare notes
Encourage each other

Life and Style, Silver Ballerinas, photography Natasha Pszenicki

Life and Style, Silver Ballerinas, photography Natasha Pszenicki

DRESS UP FOR CLASS

Catch yourself in the mirror looking different than the usual you.

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STOP IDENTIFYING YOURSELF BY YOUR LIMITATIONS

I suck at turns.
Give me quick, I don’t do slow.
I hate the left.

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OR BY YOUR PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE

I’m an adage dancer.
I’m a turner.
I love petit allegro.
I could leap all day.

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EMBRACE IT ALL WITH LOVE

Love what you’re doing.
Love that you’re trying.
Love what you’re attempting.
Love the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Love others while you dance.
Love yourself.

Happy New Year!

What Are You Saying?

What language are you speaking when you dance? What voice are you using?

Lovely Natane Frances:
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Is it simple to understand? Is it clear and direct?

Anne Souder, Richard Calmes Photography:
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What is your intention behind your movement? Do you mean what you say? Did you get your point across?

Alina Somova:
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What are you really saying when you dance? Speak with your true voice!

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