where the wind blows

photo credit: Nisian Hughes

photo credit:
Nisian Hughes

Its as if the wind has a decision to make. And when it blows, what ever drifts with it’s motion, clearly lands where it’s intended to.

The energy it takes to propel your dancing career forward, is complicated.

To start out as a young child going to class one or two days a week experiencing movement and sometimes not understanding the pursuit of excellence the art beckons of you. To, dancing five days a week 2 hours a day…then to consume your world with the passion that is dance, becoming pre-professional–it becomes your being with an appetite that doesn’t slow down.

So much energy.

So much time.

So much work.

The book “Lost in Motion-An Unlikely Ballerina” by Misty Copeland (pictured above) touches on the everyday extraordinary life of a performance artist:

“My barre warm-up this morning would be familiar to any ballet dancer, whether she’s an apprentice in Moscow or a seven-year-old taking his first ballet class in Detroit. It’s slow structured yet fragmentary-perfectly designed to bring me to center, where I can dance freely without the barre, each motion a broken-down version of what tonight’s solos will be. I start with pliés, increasingly deeper bends of the knee which warm up my legs while still allowing them the support that they need. I transition to larger movements of the leg, circling them in my ronds de jambe, and bending them in fondus, gradually stretching my hips and knees. I finish with a port de bras, stretching my torso forward and from side to side.”

“Dancing freely” doesn’t mean with abandon, it means a story being told with thoughtful movement, expression and a longing to bring your audience into your world,  letting them experience each movement as if it was their own. It takes years of training and thoughtful investment from mentors. Its a gift.

Own where the wind takes you and the way you get there.

What to listen to:

Amelie

What to watch:

painted

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