Week 50 collaborator Jess Grippo, the creator of the "You Can Dance Again" program has shared with us five dance tasks to explore. A New York City-based dance artist, Grippo encourages people to dance in their own way, outside of the confines of more traditional dance environments, often sharing the positive energy through dance in public spaces. On her youtube videos, Grippo reflects on issues we face in a modern culture and how we can empower ourselves by investigating these issues through movement.
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Do you ever think about the distance of your dances? If you were to measure the length of all of your dances, how far would you have traveled?
Measure two distances you travel each day. From home to work, to school, to the dance studio, to the mailbox etc.
Dance your distance.
Measure a line and mark it on the floor.
Videotape yourself improvising your own dance task or any Dancing cards task while traveling the pre-measured distance lengthwise. Dance as long as you feel organically done with your improvisation. Count from the video the distance you danced while improvising.
This exercise will bring awareness on traveling within your dance.
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My son and I have been dancing since he was born. During the pregnancy, I already began to play songs, which I would play after he was born. We know that babies can hear the mother's voice and other sounds around 23 weeks. Based on this I wanted to experiment with movement and sound. I would introduce slow rhythm swaying movement while holding my belly, then after birth, I swayed him in the same gently rhythm as when he was still growing inside of me.
I have been documenting our daily dances for almost fours year now. This journey has provided epiphanies about the development of the human movement, perception and improvised dance that I now utilize in the development of Dancing cards dance tasks.
Here are three benefits that we have experienced through our dance practice:
Children love dancing, they are natural movers. When parents join the playful mindset through movement, a special bond and trust will arise. Taking turns in mirroring each other's movement develops empathy and teaches the parent and the child to learn to read each other's movement.
2. Non-verbal communication
Through the shared dance practice I have thought my son how to communicate touch. If he wants me to lift him or roll over me, he knows how to read my movement if this is ok and vice versa. This is all non-verbal communication. If he wants to dance separately we can organically take turns in following and leading.
For me, as a dance artist and a mother, a number one value has been to teach my son to be free. I want to raise him up to be self-accepting and body positive. A person who feels comfortable in their own skin. I teach this by example, respecting my own body and paying attention to how we talk about our bodies in our family. In dance, we appreciate all movement and learn how to describe the movement as seen instead placing value on moves. These practice promote deeper understanding of what body-awareness is.
The most precious reward my son has given me through this practice is his impromptu dances. He utilizes movement to express his emotions, he is truly present and absorbs the world with his entire being.
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During the week 48, we experiment with light dances. In the winter in northern parts of the earth, we get less sunlight, which can affect our mood and intake of D-vitamin. When the skin is exposed to sunlight, it produces the D-vitamin the body needs to absorb calcium and phosphorus for optimal bone/teeth development. D-vitamin also strengthens the immune system. Today we will create a dance of the process of photosynthesis. The way plants create food from the sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide.
Photosynthesis is the way plants use the energy of the light to form nutrition from carbon dioxide and water (synthesize).
Imagine your head is the flower head reaching towards the sunlight to receive energy. Your left arm reaches to receive carbon dioxide and your right arm releases oxygen. Your legs are the roots, receiving water. Create these actions in your dance. Feel the energies of receiving and releasing flowing to different directions.
Create a dance of the process of Photosynthesis. Go and dance it outside in the sunlight. Absorb your D-vitamin while dancing your photosynthesis.
Observe: Write down words and ideas that come to mind during your dance.
Movement words of the day:
Reflection, Interaction, Energy, Intensity
What do the words look like to you in dance?
Body Positive Dance Talk:
When you practice towards a certain goal as a dancer, how do you encourage yourself to reach it?
If you are using comparison based evaluation replace your talk with questions. How is my energy level today? How is it actualizing in my movement? Observe, analyze and let personal epiphanies arise from your dance.
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There is a common belief that a certain posture would be the ideal achievement in life. However, our bodies are naturally designed for movement and there is an idiom among physiotherapists that goes something like this “The best posture is your next movement’. This is the approach towards body conditioning we approve of . The idea is to provide the body variety of motion to help avoid injury and muscle pain caused by repetitive movement combos or static posture. Break your routines with a movement tasks a day. To dance with us daily, download the FREE Dancing cards APP. Dancing cards APP for 17 yo and up. Younger children can use the Dancing cards APP with an approval of their parent/legal guardian. #posture #dance #injuryprevention #danceapp #APP #movement
Ada Freund was taking advanced level dance classes in Finland when she found out about the Dancing cards Pre-professional program and decided to give it a run. In a year she learned how to develop her own movement vocabulary, which was easy as she was already taking many improvisation based dance classes. After the first year Ada moved on to take the Dancing cards-instructor training, which consistent online lectures and a final workshop in New York City. Now Ada is enjoying tremendously teaching with Dancing cards in Helsinki Finland.
“When you get to discover new movement and inspiration with the Dancing cards, you want to share it with others. Teaching with Dancing cards is also an inspiring experience. It is wonderful to see how the movement moves children’s minds. Each Dancing card has a unique movement task and they give you a preparedness to create your own movement.” Ada Freund, Dancing cards Instructor, Helsinki Finland
The Dancing cards concept fosters collaboration, process based learning through mentorship.
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Inspired by the talk with French dancer Diane Auriol in Central Park on a very hot day in New York City
Yesterday I had a wonderful time strolling around Central Park and chatting with dancer Diane Auriol. Diane studies Graham-technique and has a strong foundation in Ballet, which she highlights to be the work of her teacher back home in France. Due to her efficient ballet training, dancing experience in the US has technically been easy. What has she found in the NY dance scene that has rocked her world? It is something that I myself hold dear as well, the love for the moments in dance improvisation
As dancers our training is very different and our bodies in fact are the opposites. Diana having flexible ligaments she is cautious about over extending. Where as my ligaments are stiff, I have to work more on my flexibility to meet Diane in the middle where she has arrived from the other extreme. When we improvise we both enjoy the opportunity to let our bodies lead the movement. Diane can let her arms explore the pathways otherwise unvisited and I like to play with my strength and balance. And we both love the unexpected in improvisation when we work with our reaction speed, catching ourselves, finding new, being movement explorers is exciting. Our dances look different but come from the same source of movement philosophy, celebrating of what makes us and finding new.
I have stated before that understanding this freedom of motion is a valuable skill for a dancer. Choreographers look for dancers who can search for new movement. This type of improvisation is the opposite for pre-learned movement. It is not about building combos from moves that have names. It is about going outside the familiar neural connections, it is about dancing through the awkwardness. But, by no means is improvisation unskilled practice or abandoning of technique. In fact it is finding your personal technique, experimenting the unique built of your body. It is raising awareness of the infinite possibilities that lie within us, shifting of mindset to allow the experience of flow to actualize in our movement. That is the skill that businesses hire consults for in order to foster creative problem solving. Improvisational leadership is in a curriculum of prestigious Universities. These valuable skills can be part of dance and as well as public education.
From our discussion with Diane, I also noticed something heart felt. There still seems to be choreographers out there who keep up the often unhealthy demand for dancers to look a certain way. When dancer is healthy and strong, there is still talk about too much muscle, too little something or not enough something. While fashion industry is working towards positive body image, dance needs to have the same collective change in how we approach about our bodies. I believe with improvised movement we can do exactly this. We can teach young dancers and people new to dance right from the beginning to understand both worlds, the technique class and improvisation. By raising the importance of celebrating our differences and finding common experiences we can connect with each other, create together, share and increase the positive vibes in the dance culture. Most of us do not become professional dancers, however the skills learned at the dance studio can make us better professionals.
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