EXPERIMENTING WITH THE THEORIES OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE AND DANCE TRAINING
In Chinese medicine, Dao or Tao means the way, in a more western term you would call it holistic science. In Dao, the idea is to listen to one’s intuition and let it lead the way in the natural order of things, life, nature. Intuition and knowing are cultivated through life experiences. In a similar way, Dancing cards practice of improvised movement is self-study, one learns through experiencing the movement.
For each person this is a personal journey and dances will contain personal meaning. The tao in dance practice would be about intuitively understanding personal body awareness, body in space and relation to everything from nourishment to rest, balance and training. These steps aren’t learned from a teacher, they need to be lived, danced.
In this collaborative blog the founders of Dancing cards, Heidi and *Daniel discuss the possibilities of the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine in dance and nutrition. This is a look into our way of figuring out movement and nourishment for our family of three by following the ideas that are based on thousands of years of observing the nature and our relationship with it and everything, the human experience.
*Daniel Alasuvanto is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine