Friday, February 11, 2011
Dance Teacher Mantra:
Dance has meaning.
Give your students things to do - doesn't matter what - and make them really do those things. Make them squeeze meaning through the form of it.
Less helpful if any particular meaning or movement locks them in, preventing transition to another thing -
The "born again" experience is not problematic - one should be born again and born again and born again and born again and born again and born again and born again and born again.
Soaking up many meanings, many movements, many structures, many games, many birthings makes you facile and useful. Bendy- stretchy. Shape-shiftable. A good witness, a good listener. Makes you be in relationship.
Heidi Henderson - extraordinary dance teacher, choreographer, mover - visited me this week and supplied some of these thoughts; she also selected my rite for the week, called this one a "visceral dance."