A wise coach said, “If you want to improve your dancing, change your movement.”
Those words went straight in and resonated with me. I decided to make that attempt and have been spending endless hours trying to do exactly that.
I’m going to post a whole load of blogs sharing my insights about my process. Here’s a context for understanding as my perspective is still not very widely known in the dance world.
I have any number of “blind spots,” by which I mean places that move without my conscious intent, or that don’t move, and should. I love and appreciate my teachers; they are my mirrors and point them out to me. I welcome this input! It’s the habits I don’t notice that are holding me back.
Changing habits can be like trying to rub my head and pat my stomach; you have to think very hard in the moment, to do it! I would also like to be braver in movement. I need to connect my thinking and my movement in both cases.
I am grateful that I have a pre-technique, the Alexander Technique, which gives me a way of understanding and applying the lessons I receive from my dance teachers.
Alexander Technique is a profound skill for freeing the body and changing movement patterns. It has a specific focus on the head and spine.
I’ve been chronicling my dance journey and resonance with Alexander Technique for some time and thought of sharing it here in my blog. I hesitated for the entire past year now! There was this niggling thought that it may sound confusing or odd.
Time is passing, though, and I do believe I’ve discovered something worth sharing.
These posts are out of order from the date they were written. Perhaps one day I’ll organize them into a more formal presentation. For the moment, it feels much more important to chronicle and share.
I hope this helps you in your own dance life. Alexander Technique is a power-boosting adjunct to all the study you do. It is an amazing tool for freedom and control.
Here’s to the journey.
Learn more about the Alexander Technique and dance, here.