Our upcoming winter recital’s theme is The Sweet Shoppe. Our students will be performing with many different inspirations: candies, cakes, chocolate, etc. You would see many sweet smiles and happy dances if you came to our recital, but my blog today is about a deeper concept of sweetness. I’m referring to dance as a gift given to the audience and the sweetness in the giving. If you think of your performance as an actual gift, then your movements are informed by motivations such as:
This gift is especially for you.
My goal is to bring you joy.
As you delight in me, I delight in you.
Such moments between a dancer and an audience are like Christmas morning or a birthday party, where giving and receiving is held with honor between people. There is that vulnerable moment of sweet expectation when you give a gift and the receiver rejoices that they matter to you.
Dancers – Give the sweet gift of yourself! When your joyful light shines your audience unwraps the best present: Your heart. Who wouldn’t delight in receiving that?