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!

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Lighten Up!

STOP THE DRAMA!

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Time to take break from the oh-so-serious mood that can sometimes overtake a dancer! I thought about all the funny pics I could show you: easy, go-to images to make you smile:

Animals in Tutus
Babies in Tutus
Men in Tutus
All manner of goofy ballet and dance memes
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But maybe, instead of the easy laugh, the take-away here is really the remembering of JOY. You remember why you dance in the first place, right? Isn’t it sort of to feel like this:

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Oh I know what you’re thinking. Sure, THAT dancer can be happy and joyful, just look at her! That’s Marianela Nunez! When she leaps the angels sing, a thrill courses through all who see her, the sun and the moon and stars align and all is right with the world. I will NEVER leap that high, my leg is NEVER straight, and getting a split, much less an over-split, is NEVER going to happen.

Oh dear – Did you really just think up a sentence with three ‘nevers’ in it?

WHAT ABOUT THIS INSTEAD:

Girl jumps through water sprinkler.

Now that is arms-reaching-high, face-to-the-sun, pure JOY! I believe that if you remember this little girl, the one inside of you, that when you leap you will SOAR. And that will definitely make you smile!

Or…….. We could just go with this:

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Wishing you life filled with JOYFUL dancing!

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Life Force

This amazing artichoke agave plant is  down the street from my house and has recently started to bloom.  The stalk is EIGHT feet tall!  It is growing so quickly that you can measure an increase every day.  Each time I drive by it I am awed by its upward reaching strength.  This plant will only bloom once in its life and then will die after.  Knowing that it is giving its all to bring forth this visually stunning reminder of life makes watching it bloom a poignant experience.  What a beautiful moment, I feel privileged to witness it.

Can you imagine if when you danced you were able to give your all in such away that your own upward reach pushed through right into someone’s heart?  Never give anything less than your utmost energy in class or on the stage.  When you dance you are ALIVE and BLOOMING and you give your own poignant moment in time to the audience fortunate enough to witness YOU.

Image credit: <a href=’http://www.123rf.com/photo_3917751_modern-ballet-dancer-posing-over-white-background.html’>chromadecor / 123RF Stock Photo</a>

 

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Fly

It’s your turn to go across the floor.  Before you take a single step, check your preparation.  I hope you’re not just standing there!  Establish your lift and lightness before you even start to move.  Elongate and suspend your body, weight off your heels, lift everything including your face and your eyes, lean slightly forward, big breath…..

5,  6,  7,  8  GO!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Lauran M. Callan and brilliantdance, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to  Lauran M. Callan and brilliantdance with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.