Playing around with images…
Word Study for Dancers: Confident
Borrowed the standtall image from the standtallevent, looks like a great organization!
Some dance goals for 2016:
TURN IT ALL UPSIDE DOWN
Mental exercise – Visualize your combinations:
on the other side
at a different tempo
MAKE A DANCE FRIEND WHO IS NOT THE SAME AGE AS YOU
Share your excitement
Encourage each other
DRESS UP FOR CLASS
Catch yourself in the mirror looking different than the usual you.
STOP IDENTIFYING YOURSELF BY YOUR LIMITATIONS
I suck at turns.
Give me quick, I don’t do slow.
I hate the left.
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.
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.
Happy New Year!
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.
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?
Oh I’m going in deep today! Today’s word study: GIVE
How can we apply the concept of GIVE to dancers with regard to performance?
First some questions to think about:
What exactly are you giving?
And who are you giving it to?
A quick read in a thesaurus reveals quite a few synonyms for GIVE that hint at holding back, hesitation, maybe even resentment:
A dancer who is uncertain, not confident, SELF-ABSORBED, may be stingy in the giving of him/herself to an audience. What might you be holding close to your chest? What is it within that is distracting you from the opportunity at hand? The audience will know if you are not fully vested in the moment.
Some words for GIVE are rather cool and uncaring, revealing lack of emotional involvement. An audience can smell this lack a mile away:
Let’s get to the crux of the matter.
NOW we are getting somewhere! I love the idea that your performance does not belong to you, is not your own – because all art must be filtered through another. An observer’s personal point of view, experience, emotional state and objectives will interpret what she sees and make a determination of what it is and what it means. When you entrust another with your performance you have entered into a form of relationship with them.
So this is your GIFT to your audience: To freely allow them to take your performance and to transform it INTO THEIR OWN IDEA. You give it away and it is forever changed. It is not yours. It is not you. It is something altogether new.
If you understand that your performance is an act of loving, if you are willing to lavish upon another your joy of expression, then you will not hold back your true self, totally open and fully present. Now THAT is truly GIVING. Your performance will elevated, shining. And your audience will experience a moment they will never forget.
Will you allow this process to take place? Will you give?