Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Communicating......

Monday, six classes to teach, old back injury flared up to the point that I could sit but not stand, walk or demonstrate! You don't realise how much unspoken communication there is in teaching until all you have is the spoken word.  Describing steps or exercises using the same words as normal feel flat and uninspiring without the body movements that I've taken for granted for 25 years.  As a dancer we all 'dance' instruction without realising, the slight use of eye line, the movement of shoulder, the gestures with hands all back up the vocal instruction and add the 'colour'....take away the ability of even turning my head as in last nights classes and the verbal communication suddenly became very different.  Articulation of finer details took so much longer to get across verbally without being able to show line, or breadth of movement.  A new experience trying to explain the concept of turnout to an 8 year old without demonstration!  As my 52 year old body is getting to this 'worn out' stage more frequently and as my old injury incapacitates me to the body of an 80 year old without warning, it's  time to think of new ways to share.  Off to search for 'vocal colour' to help paint the picture my body once drew for me....

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Looking forward....

Start of a new adventure......MA in Professional Practice Dance Technique....exciting times!  No idea where to start as yet but looking forward to the journey ahead and new discoveries about dance, about teaching, about communication, about how I came to be where I am now and finding a pathway to the future.  I'm probably not the oldest student in history but at the start of this journey I sometimes wonder if I'll cope....here goes!