seize the silence

The times when one is not dancing, seems to be the time a dancer thinks the most about dancing. As you sit in the studio with our students they always want to talk about dance, watch a ballet video or practise their choreography in the lobby. Like a photographer who always sees the photo opt, an actor rehearsing their lines or a pianist air playing a set of notes–their passion consumes them.

Often Mrs. K has used the term “screensaver” when the students seem to have a blank look on their face mid-instruction. It can mean a great deal of things to all of us who use that one direction stare. It seems like the lights are turned off inside and no one is home. But what if it is a break for our mind. A time to reflect and turn off the all the sensory stimulation by not making our eyes or ears work. A moment to be silent.

photo credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt

Ballerinas on Window Sill in Rehearsal Room at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
Aldous  Huxley

One of the most beautiful things about dance is the absence of words. The language that is silent, but translated through movement. Think for one moment, what it would be like to hear mostly silence? Music is what your heart hears and your body transforms into dance:

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