Redefine what dance is, celebration of what is unique, exploration of the senses

Intriguing surfaces to dance on. Photo Heidi Alasuvanto, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, David Adamo's floor installation of white chalk. 

Intriguing surfaces to dance on. Photo Heidi Alasuvanto, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, David Adamo's floor installation of white chalk. 

Talk dance

Vocabulary used in dance is in everyday language. Here are a few examples, can you share with us a few more? 

How should we SPIN this?

LEAP of fate. 

JUMPstart. 

 Bounce house.


How we talk about dance matters. People often assume dance happens in dance studios, however, there are us dancers, who dance everywhere, we create our own movement, the dance belongs to us and we are dancers as anyone with any style of training. Dancing cards were created to strengthen the culture of dancers who improvise for the movement’s sake. We develop the way we talk about what dance is, redefine it, we talk about what a dancer is, who is a dancer. Dance is a living culture, it reflects the time and place we are living in. It is up to us to show what values our dance speaks to those around us.  I like to think of dance as an art form that respects the body, the unique traits of a person, their expression, their decision on how to manipulate the systems of the body. 

We can call ourselves dancers even if we never performed in our lives. Performance is one part of the dance, it is not all of dance, teaching dance in a dance studio is dance but not all of dance. The dance was before a performance, dance was before dance studios. This dance matters as much, it is real dance, it can be free of categories or it can fit into them all. Make your own dances, there are many of us out here, dancing everywhere, on any surface (as the surface becomes an intriguing study of our senses). This is what we do, we explore our surroundings, ourselves with improvised movement. Dancing cards offer inspiration and direction for ways to begin and continue the creation of our dances. Join us at Dancing cards, to share, to be inspired and connect with others alike.