“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” Martha Graham
Dance can generate a very democratic environment – everyone can come, try and enjoy! What is dance about? Just embodied confidence I guess…we are exposed, bare feet, totally exposed and nowhere to hide. As the most of you know, I previously worked as an art director, helping fashion brands to find their way and communicate with the world.
I have realised that most of the principles I followed in the past, remain just as relevant in teaching dance! My focus remains in finding the right communication between our body and the rest of the world. What does this mean?
A- we need to control our bodies as much we can, basically no fear to move. An example can be ‘squatting’ does not require fear to touch the floor with the butt, we trust we will not fall down, we control the move;
B- if we can communicate properly with our body and be honest and genuine, everything becomes easier: we can move better as a group, be relaxed and smile…. We are looking for shape and posture, well the answer is this is a journey ladies! We learn how to express our shape and also we learn how to express our posture. The first step is to break down our personal barriers : we stretch further than we imagine, we can do a choreography, we can progress and become more flexible, we can coordinate ourselves better and yes we can be more creative. We believe and trust that we are who we would like to be and we are not who the others expect we are. We do not need to be ballerina, dance is a free form of art and communication and what we can do at our age or older is we enjoy dance we enjoy to see the ‘human’ and less the dancer…The beauty of this will be in the exploration of different movements. When our perspectives grow, we become more aware and we can tell more stories and be more expressive…..