Dancers know a secret to dancing that is a learned skill and is different from all the work to perfect every movement they make. Ballet dancers use this skill to allow themselves to be picked up like a solid toy doll, to be flung like a rag doll, or to be lifted as if they were weightless. There are actually many skills involved but one is simply allowing the body to be moved.
This skill requires a whole new brain mapping not acquired by ordering the body to complete a task and perfecting the execution. Sounds simple but if you have had a massage and the masseuse said, “Let go of your arm. Let me move it,” you would find that it might take a few tries to actually let the arm be moved.
The same skill is used by the follower in Ballroom Dancing and in the Scandinavian “he goes-she goes” turning dances. For many dancers, allowing themselves to be moved is as important and as difficult as directing the action of their movements.
Dancers have made many discoveries exploring this skill of allowing their bodies to be moved by others. Modern dancers have explored the inner intention of Tai Chi and the concepts of momentum. Systems of movement have developed such as Skinner Release Technique and Alexander Technique that explore movement that begins deep inside the body.
Steve Paxton developed a new dance form called Contact Improvisation that explores the balance of two bodies allowing the movement to emerge between them. Deborah Hay explores the movement of the cells as an image to get in touch with an inner wisdom of the body.
Today the hands on work of Craniosacral therapy is a direct way for the body to understand how to move to its internal rhythms minimizing the planning and locomotive areas of the brain.