Making Movement Dance…
It isn’t enough to execute the movement correctly. You have to do something with movement. You have to try it on. You have to see how it fits, how it feels. Do you like it? Is it flattering? How can you wear it best?
To dance is not to repeat a sequence of given movements. To dance is to find a voice in that sequence, to establish a dialogue, to get to know it. It is to acknowledge that the movement exists just as you exist with a past, a present, a future. You must be generous and accommodating with it. Grace comes from being gracious.
To perform is not to show yourself off. To perform is to show the movement off. It is to introduce it to another, telling where it came from, where it’s going, and what makes it so special. However, when you to enhance it, it will only enhance you.
Making Dance Move…
Moving is about discovering because dancing is not something you just “do;” it is something you experience. When you do this before an audience, you give them a moment they will never forget. You borrow their breath because yours alone will not carry you to the heights that you crave. Through this mingling of breath, the audience discovers how to feel movement rather than simply see movement. Thus, they have had their own experience, and they hang on to that memory.
There is no formula for moving forward. It is not safe, yet neither should it be mere rebellion. It is about sifting through the folds of tradition, turning them inside out and outside in, to discover how that tradition suits you and your need to move. It is reconciling this tradition with your own personal style, thereby creating a fresh look and inspiring a new vision. It is keeping your eyes wide open, always searching for new experiences that will lead to new discoveries. The constant feeding of that vision keeps you in perpetual motion.
Alden LaPaglia, 2007