I will start by saying that every start or “new” beginning takes time to get used to. It felt the same with 3rd year and with the way we got back into proper moving in classes.
The difference from 1st and 2nd year is that I felt more confident and ready to start my journey into dancing, and I felt like everything that I did in the first two years came back to me to help me develop my practice even further.
The differences in terms of classes were the Feldenkrais class and the way the Movement Studies 3 classes took place. Personally I don’t know if it is a difference from the first two years or it’s just me having a better understanding of the things we encounter daily such as: BMC, experiential anatomy, SRT, technique in general etc. I can clearly put the things on paper and define them now.
Feldenkrais for me is just a way to get “back to basics” and use the simplest of movements just to discover the easier way of doing a movement and I can say that the stuff we have learned in experiential anatomy (naval radiation pattern in particular, alongside the idea of cellular touch, sponges, and the characteristics of jellyfish, starfish, sea squirt… sealife in general) has really helped me think of it differently and apply other methods of visualising and focusing on different parts of my body. The idea of naval radiation pattern helped me with my movement fluidity and this idea of the core as being a source of energy and stability for the limbs of the body (arms, legs, head-skull, and coccyx-tail).
The naval radiation pattern (seen primarily in the new born babies and early development stages of the baby) has also helped me in other classes (yoga, SRT, improvisation, release) with mental support towards balance and stability. In close relation sits the mouthing pattern which has helped me use the skull differently before as I never thought of movement starting from the mouth and not top of the skull.
Hands on graphics have given me a way to relax my body and help me embody different ideas to further the skills into my moving. I have noticed I vary when it comes to quality of touch when I am the receiving person. I am saying this because I have noticed that sometimes I need a lot of pressure and grip to feel it work through the muscles, and sometimes I prefer cellular touch because I can focus more on the softness of the tissues and small movements. I have as well noticed that head/skull hands-on graphics are my favourite as they really help me in my focus on skull-tail connection and give me a better sense of where my body in space is when moving.
When it comes to the use of imagery from the examples of cells, jellyfish, starfish, sea squirt and fish, I found it a bit difficult to work with, as me sensing my own body move with that idea felt a bit strange and I couldn’t properly connect to it. I feel this is because I have a strong idea and sense of my body and I try to focus to much on joints and length of limbs for example and I could better connect to the idea of a quality of material than the structure of a creature.
Feedback from Katye and Natalie was also taken in consideration as I have realised that both tutors noticed that I need more control in my arms and I should focus more on placing the arms in the space and not just bring them along with the movement. Alongside this I should bring more awareness to the feet and softness through the sole of the foot. This relates much to the connection with the floor and the pelvis-floor connection as well.
By all means, I believe that these 2 months have really helped me get back into practice and have pushed me into looking further in my practice and it made me realise that my practice should not be limited to the time spent in classes but that I can practice in my own time as well and try different things. I have also found that repetition (as done in Feldenkrais classes) and trying the same exercise over and over again can really help set the practice and things we learn in classes.
I just found one of my favourite songs from class. This is related to the swing exercise that I will film and post later on.
More posts to come soon.
Working with objects.
Workshop with amy
This is a workshop were we worked with objects and how you can manipulate them to change something. We discovered there are many other ways of using an object and different ways of sorting them (eg: by colour, shape, size, use etc).
Chose 3 objects in your room and experiment with them by doing arrangements. What did you discover?
This is my peers feedback to my improv for level exercise.
What about you? You’ve got a different opinion or something to add?
P.S.: Thanks to Kirsty, Greta and Ben for their feedback!
This is a clip shot in the PDP session.
I filmed this to see how I improvise and how I move through levels and see what my spine position is during all that. I also wanted to see if I am fluid throughout my movements or if I stop and think ever now and then.
What’s your opinion on what I filmed? What do you think about what I mentioned above?
Pdp talk session.
I’ve felt like this session really helped us start blog more and understand blogging more. We’ve put some questions and we’ve been answered and it made me really think about my blog and change it a bit.
I do blog a lot on a different blog so I find it hard to manage this one also but I’ll try to keep it update it.
I really think that our technical sessions were more than helpful.
I’ve learned how to rig lights and speakers, I’ve learned how to operate the light and the sound and all. I’ve learned about different types of lights and speakers and how to connect them or when and how to use them.
What do you guys think about our technical sessions? Did they help you? Did you find something new?
These were the scores I made for myself in an iPP1 class. They’re related to my past and some about ballroom.
What words would you use if you would have to put up a score?
"-Tranquility, relaxation, fold and unfold, roll, peaceful music, dreamy.
-as soon as I closed my eyes, my moves felt more fluid and my muscles would relax more, I felt like sinking through the floor but at the same time I felt like it’d also give me support. I don’t feel tired, I feel emotionally stable and ready to go.
Wow… didn’t know it could change.
-contact improv to the max”
"First Monday after holiday -> Energized!
Andrea’s class: Felt ready for class and we did a new score…
rocky, up and around, contact with the floor.”
Strategy -ball games
Workshop: -jocul in cerc cu palma
-cu privirea pana-ti striga numele
This is me 1 year ago at a Latin Dance competition in my hometown in my country, Romania.
I do miss it. Miss it a lot more now that I haven’t done it for quite a year. I promised myself I will continue it. I just wait for the occasion again. I will succeed.
What other dances do you guys do/like?
I became a stranger to my own world and practice. I have to come back to what made me what I am today and try to improve it more and more by day. I have to regain control of my mind and body and use the space around me in my favor. I have to use what I’m given and multiply it by 10, I have to use that information and apply it to the deepest of bits of my body and show to others but most important to myself that I can improve, change and gain experience more easy.
Christmas is almos 2 days away and my change it’s gonna be the present.
Merry Christmas everyone!