I love micro movements and those dances which use tiny, intricate muscle movements to create great effects. I love them because they have given me so much body awareness and control over the movements I can make, and consequently, I feel that Continue reading Micro movements
Being and doing, in dancing I see this as flow and technique. I like to see this as flow and technique rather than flow versus technique, emphasising the balance of both. Allowing yourself a balance of these leads to a real joy in dancing.
Technique, the doing, concentrating, extending part of dance Continue reading Being and Doing – flow and technique
Dance is easy. I’m writing to follow up on a post that I wrote as my very first, which was yes you can. Yes you can dance. It is my suspicion that dance is inherently easy. Far easier than we give it credit for sometimes, and that actually moving is innate within everyone.
When you are a child and you begin to walk Continue reading Dance is easy
When you see people doing amazing moves, it’s the flow and grace that captures your attention. When your moves become easy to do then you feel like you are flowing in your dancing. When you first start dancing, or doing a type of dance that you are unfamiliar with, your body isn’t used to doing those types of movements. Your muscles aren’t used to working in those ways, so it will feel awkward at first. Continue reading Take a break – and enjoy it!
In the first part of this article, I talked about how important it is to find your own dance so that you can bring your own solo dance improvisation to the partner dance partnership. In my e-guide to conscious partner dance Finding Flow, I give you some ways to ease into finding your own solo dance so you can free yourself up and let what’s inside you come out. If you haven’t got it yet you can get a copy by Continue reading Finding space – solo dance for partner dancers (part two)
I love every single one of my steps when I dance. The quality of my steps is why I enjoy my dancing. That’s why I love the slower forms of partner dance because there’s loads of time to appreciate every step. Like the opportunity to meditate, or just to slow down and see where you’re at in life, a slow dance is wonderful for really getting attuned Continue reading The quality of your steps
What is posture?
I don’t want to talk about some sort of prescriptive posture – the one in which your mother prodded you in the back and told you to stand up straight. I know I hated being told how I ‘should’ be standing so I won’t be telling you how you ‘should’ be standing either. I want to talk about the attitude of becoming aware of your Continue reading How do you choose to stand?
‘I can’t dance.’ I hear this a lot when I tell people I’m a dance teacher. The instant reaction is quite often ‘oh, I can’t dance’ and this makes me sad to see so many people dismissive of their dance abilities because in reality dance is in all of us and we can all learn to re-awaken the dance inside of us, it just takes a safe, non-judgemental environment to help us get our confidence back that we can dance.
Because so much of our exposure to dancing only happens through Continue reading Yes you can