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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Abandon

Cambré is more than a stretch. As you create space in the vertebrae, as you expand through your chest and shoulders, you are finding a path to emotional expression through the use of your torso.

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It is realizing that your whole body is breathing and moving, not just your arms and legs. You dance with your whole self.

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In letting go, in focusing on your heart, the cambré will lead you to greater depth of expression through your port de bras and your dancing will come alive!

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Not Defeated

I’ve been away far too long, have missed my beloved blog sooooo much!

Something that brought me back was an observation that needs talking about: Feeling defeated. Specifically, when one dancer sees another dancer and feels defeated.

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Question for you: Is one of the goals of an art form to inspire?

When you look at a beautiful work in a museum by a master painter do you appreciate what you see or do you despair of being able to paint like that?

When you hear the voice of an amazing singer do your emotions soar or do you cry over not being able to sing like that?

Then WHY, when you see an incredible dancer do you feel like giving up? Let their accomplishment inspire you! Let their beauty and artistry LIFT you up, let it remind you of why you dance. Become part of the community of dancers – We are all at different stages of our dance journey but we have dance in common and we should enjoy and appreciate each dancer’s contribution and not let it be a source of frustration or defeat. If you compare yourself to another dancer you lose your joy of dance. Why do that to yourself?

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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’?

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