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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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?

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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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From the Center of Your Being

Reaching out from your center, bring your heart to all the world!

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Never holding back, let your joy spring forth!

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With every emotion, let them out through your fingertips!

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And let the air around you be changed by your spirit!

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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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