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!

I Can’t Do That

Or… How to Be Inspired By Something You Can’t Do.

I can’t do this:

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Never could. My back doesn’t bend this way. I never could jump that high. And besides, it’s freakin’ scary.

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Holy crap! {said in the most admiring way}

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The C jump is just so… gutsy… fearless…

So now, when you see something that is just so beyond your capability do you feel defeated? Like, waa-waa, I can’t do it , never will….. WOE.

I’m not gonna try and make you feel all better with some pat response. Not gonna say don’t worry someday you’ll get it, keep trying, don’t give up. Because maybe you will, but maybe you won’t. Because there ARE some things that you may never be able to do.

Did I just kill your dream? Please DREAM BIG. But I sort of like knowing that there is one thing that I know I’ll never do. Lol, of course there are LOTS of things I’ll never do, but the C jump for me is representative of all those things.

So I’m going to use the C jump as my inspirational touchstone and all around humbler. Oh yes, I am humbled and awed by anyone who can do such a jump. But I’m going to love dance all the more because I know there are people out there who can do such things. Just because I’m not one of them is ok, all I have to do is look at one of these amazing photos and I feel a surge of energy run through me and suddenly everything I try is better. A tendu. A glissade. A grand jeté. I even stand taller.

What is your ‘C jump’?

http://www.hollysdance.com/dance-class-levels-placement/
http://www.veronicadaydance.com/#!news
http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/cjump/Interesting

On Giving

Oh I’m going in deep today! Today’s word study: GIVE
How can we apply the concept of GIVE to dancers with regard to performance?

First some questions to think about:
What exactly are you giving?
And who are you giving it to?

Next:
A quick read in a thesaurus reveals quite a few synonyms for GIVE that hint at holding back, hesitation, maybe even resentment:

Ante up
Cede
Fork over
Hand over
Part with
Pony up
Relinquish
Shell out

A dancer who is uncertain, not confident, SELF-ABSORBED, may be stingy in the giving of him/herself to an audience. What might you be holding close to your chest? What is it within that is distracting you from the opportunity at hand? The audience will know if you are not fully vested in the moment.

Some words for GIVE are rather cool and uncaring, revealing lack of emotional involvement. An audience can smell this lack a mile away:

Administer
Confer
Deed
Deliver
Lease
Let have
Parcel out
Throw in

Let’s get to the crux of the matter.

GIVE:
Bestow
Entrust
Gift
Heap upon
Lavish upon
Present
Provide

NOW we are getting somewhere! I love the idea that your performance does not belong to you, is not your own – because all art must be filtered through another. An observer’s personal point of view, experience, emotional state and objectives will interpret what she sees and make a determination of what it is and what it means. When you entrust another with your performance you have entered into a form of relationship with them.

So this is your GIFT to your audience: To freely allow them to take your performance and to transform it INTO THEIR OWN IDEA. You give it away and it is forever changed. It is not yours. It is not you. It is something altogether new.

If you understand that your performance is an act of loving, if you are willing to lavish upon another your joy of expression, then you will not hold back your true self, totally open and fully present. Now THAT is truly GIVING. Your performance will elevated, shining. And your audience will experience a moment they will never forget.

Will you allow this process to take place? Will you give?

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http://smartydolapchieva.wordpress.com/tag/dance/

Expectations

I dislike the phrase ‘realistic expectations’. It has nothing to do with the heart.

JUST DANCE!

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Photo from Disability Culture Watch:
http://similinton.com/blog/?p=93

Push It!

Brought to you by… the sissone!

Now PUSH that floor away from you! Come on now, PUSH!

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http://www.networkdance.com/dance-ballet-photos/Grand-Sissone/39297
https://twitter.com/JoshuaEcob
http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/IMRC/pdp/lorin_sissone.htm
http://balletnews.co.uk/cupcakes-conversation-with-jason-lam/

Dance with the Daring

A Daring Adventure
A Daring Attempt
Dare to be Different
Do You dare?
How Dare You?
I dare you!

ALL SERIOUS DARING STARTS FROM WITHIN.
Eudora Welty

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DeDSDC 2011 Senior Course - foto Antoinette Mooy

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2008/jan/15/oneofthesweetestnews

http://theithacapost.com/category/theatre

http://blog.pennlive.com/life/2008/10/a_grayhaired_woman_shuffles_ac.html

http://www.ddddd.nu/en/productie.php?page=30

The Conversation

Dancer:
There’s this feeling I have when I dance, it wells up from the inside and then out, pure JOY!

Audience Member:
That’s exciting!

Dancer:
When I am one with the music and my movement flows in sync with my heart I long to share my unique experience of the moment with you – May I?

Audience Member:
I am open and curious, ready to be changed by what you show me!

Dancer:
I fly, I cry, I reach out, I touch the sky. I sing, I take wing, I have never felt this way before – Have you?

Audience Member:
Yes I have, I have! I know exactly what you mean!

Dancer:
The dance is done and I am spent, having given my all, my insides. Thank you so much for allowing me to share this moment with you, I am honored.

Audience Member:
I was right there with you, feeling every move in my soul. Than YOU for sharing your heart with me.

http://sitemaker.umich.edu/sara.badger/photos_from_3.1.2
http://fineartamerica.com/contests/dance-your-heart-out.html