When performing, what is the last thing you do before the next thing you do?
in a count
in a phrase
What is the last thing your audience sees?
after a pause
and a breath
There is no stopping in dance. Even when you are standing still, you haven’t…. stopped.
There is no move. wait. and move again. In dance there is only…. continue.
Continue to the end of….. every movement, every count, every phrase and breath and extension. Continue your awareness and intention and move through space, into space and BEYOND. Take your audience to the very end…. of…. every……………. moment.
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?