Finish What You Start

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.

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The Sweet Shoppe

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?

 

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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!

2015 in review

I’m looking forward to a new year in blogging!  Happy New Year 2016!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

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