We are doing a 30 dishes and 30 dances challenge. Over the spring I was re-creating the Dancing cards teacher training, and we had to rely on the occasional pizza and takeout. As much as we enjoy the local restaurants, home cooking allows control over what we eat. The goal is to prepare 100% organic, mostly vegetarian meals. Lucky for us, the local farms will soon harvest fresh produce, making cooking easy. The twist is to spend less money on food. In addition, each day we'll make dances with the Dancing cards dance tasks. You can follow our challenge via Instagram @heididancing
Saturday 31st 2018, Let's make our own dance videos with Dancing cards in our third workshop of March in New York City at Scandinavia House. Children 5 years and up are welcome to join us in creating new movement, graft the beautiful backdrop and document our works on video. Available to beginner to advanced movers.
The final edit will be shared via email to participants.
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Dear friends who are parents or relatives with children 5 yo and up, join me and fellow dance enthusiasts in creating nature-inspired dances at the Scandinavia House in New York City. This March workshop is designed for children 5+ and requires zero previous dancing experience, yet caters to advanced dancers as well.
#dance #newyorkcity #childrenactivity #movement #improvisation #dancingcards
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.
Download the Dancing cards APP for daily dance tasks ($9.99/month) and use the dance tasks to build dance practice of your own, or inquire about private classes via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will gladly consult you how to build the create dance practice with your child.
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.
Dancing cards pre-professional program and Dancing cards-instructor training inquiries email@example.com
#preprofessional #dance #dancingcards #dancinstructor #training #onlinelecture
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.
Diane will be collaborating with the Dancing Cards by organizing a Dancing Cards shoot in South of France in December 2017. Sign up for our newsletter to find out more...
The city of Oulu Finland is called the northern dance capital of Finland for a reason. Local dancers have tirelessly worked together to create one of the versatile dance scenes in the Scandinavia. Experimental dance from the US has been performed at the Central Park of Oulu the Ainolan Puisto, the woods of the city gather audiences for multi-sensory dance performances, it is not uncommon to see people blindfolded holding each other's hands on the streets of Oulu while participating in a performance art piece. Dance events in the city have been the destination of street dance pilgrims for over a decade and the city has notable amount of dance studios compared to its population. The dance phenomena in Oulu is something worth learning from. Strong dance communities like Oulu that make dance inclusive and accessible to everyone, are build from the collaboration across dance styles. The city officials as well as people of Oulu love dance and appreciate the sight of it in the beautiful scenery of Oulu. It is as if the dancers and city officials one day decided "Together we can!".
The Dancing Cards concept aims to spread the Oulu dance atmosphere world wide by offering exciting opportunities for dancers to connect across boarders. Check out our CollectiveDAnce and join the fun!
#dance #Oulu #dancer #improvised #valve #dancingcards #inclusive
Improvisational dance connects me to my most abstract and distant desires. It fuses the intention of mind and body in a way that I haven’t yet found an equal for. The specialness of improvisational dance lies in its closeness to play. Through the act of listening to and acting on the impulses of the body and mind, we can connect deeply to our inner child and all of the other parts of us that spend their lives mostly in the shadows. We can give voice to the dark parts, the small parts, and the
parts that find it hard to verbalize. Improvisation is a skill that dancers always end up utilizing. It may be the most important skill a dancer can have. No matter how long a dancer spends rehearsing a choreographed dance in a studio where
conditions are controlled, that dancer ultimately performs their dance on a stage, outside, in a museum, or in any other number of spaces where the elements that could affect them are out of their control. Being familiar with improvisational dance practices gives dancers the freedom to navigate spaces or situations that they may not have had a lot of time
to prepare for. And yet, improvisational dance is not the focus of most dance curriculums, even for young children for whom it comes most naturally. Any improvising that does occur in creative dance programs for children isn't named as such, and seen as a stepping stone to the more important task of learning ‘real’ dance moves with names. This glossing over of improvisational dance in mainstream dance curriculums does a huge disservice to the dance community as a whole
and to individual dancers most acutely. If dance teachers and practitioners gave the rigor and attention to the study and practice of improvisational dance that it deserves, we’d have a cultural gem with as rich and varied a history as improvisational jazz has accumulated since its outset. Fortunately, more and more resources are beginning to amass for
dancers who are interested in learning to improvise or to push their improvisational practice to the next level. Dancing Cards and Collective Dance are great examples of concrete contributions to the improvisational dance community that allow practitioners to develop a regular practice and to dialogue with others who are experimenting similarly.
I recently spent some time using the collective dance submissions on dancingcards.com to fuel my own improvisational dance practice. The suggestions that I used got me out of the studio and interacting with the world around me. They allowed me to expose strangers on the street to my improvisational practice in an organic way, and they spurred me to try things I wouldn’t have otherwise. I highly encourage anyone who is interested in improvisational dance to find some spaces
in your community where you can experiment with the tasks below:
Dancing Cards ™ task "Dancing in Water"
Imagine you are standing in a puddle of water about 2 inches deep. Shift your weight on one leg. With your free-floating leg, begin to draw shapes on the surface of the water. When you lose your balance, switch legs and repeat the task. Eventually include your arms to draw three-dimensional shapes with the leg. Continue to draw your way through space.
Dancing with a Wall
Make the wall your dancing partner. Use the surface of the wall to play
with pressure, gravity, tension and release. You can use the support
and stability of the wall to practice pushing against and catching
yourself. Explore the differences between being close to and far from
the wall and allow this to influence the choices you make.
Practicing improvisation with these tasks pushed me to open my mind and think of a task that I could contribute to the project. There are so many different ways to improvise and settling on one task to submit was challenging. I played around with a few different ideas before settling on the task below:
Slow Motion Ascent or Descent
Moving slowly is extremely difficult and often helps us to recognize
patterns of movement that we may not have been aware of at a faster
pace. Adding the task of ascending from or descending to the ground
adds another layer of difficulty, as it forces us to choose pathways that
allow us to continue moving as slowly as possible.
For this task, take as much time as you possibly can to either ascend
from a supine position to a standing position or descend from a standing
position to the ground. Try not to allow any parts of the body to become
"dead&" or stop moving, but instead see if you can allow the slowness to
be activated in every cell of the body so that your full intention is in
moving slowly in one direction and then the other.
You may find thoughts and feelings arising about your ability to execute
this task "effectively" Allow them to come and go without judgment,
feeling confident that your body will find a way to accomplish the task
and that practice will make the process smoother each time. My
descent below has been sped up for brevity, but the original task took
around five full minutes to complete. Ascending can often take much
longer than that.
I encourage you to use the improvisational practices above in your own
practice, whether you've been dancing for decades or are just beginning
to explore improvisational dance. If you are interested in submitting
your own improvisational dance task to Dancing Cards and their
Collective Dance project, you can do so here.
Get to know the writer Colleen McNeary at her website colleenliberty.com
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