I teach at a university that runs on a semester system, and have come to plan a lot of the rest of my life around that calendar. I like the cyclical nature of it all. Things start, things end, there is a break and time to breathe, and then things start again, a little the same but a little different. It works for me. Dance teacher colleagues have called me crazy for taking 2 to 6 week breaks from ongoing classes, but I find a regular short ‘sabbatical’ of sorts twice a year refreshing. It makes me a better teacher to step back and be a bit selfish (though that word sounds more negative than I mean it to) for a minute. When I can just be a student and be a newbie and be more open it ultimately serves my audiences and my students, and myself, pretty darn well.
Today after I leave the university, heading into a month off after the whirlwind of finals week and a lot of grading, I’m going directly to a dance studio to work with new to me teachers in a style not my own, and I pretty much have no idea what to expect. I’m excited and nervous and doing my best to be open. I know that even as a dancer and thinker and dance maker and teacher in a very rooted style and form I can learn a lot from other body thinkers and dancers. I am particularly excited how this dancemaker (Joe Goode) talks in terms of human-ness — he has a class called ‘movement for humans’, and writes of starting simple wherever you are at, having no expectation of anything perfect or even particularly good, and authenticity in the body you are in at the moment. It all fits a lot of my own philosophies about dance, at least on paper. We’ll see very soon what the reality brings.
Here is what I am attending: Start Simple
I’m always excited to be in a dance studio, whatever happens.
And yeah, I’m back to updating the blog, so I’ll keep you posted. I have some old posts at blogger, but I can’t even access that site anymore since the big G took it over. WordPress it is!