My wish. An International School for exploring the many intimate ways of living in cultures around the world.
The assumption is that people in each culture have discovered something unique about the transformational process of learning, relearning, and discarding old learning patterns.
The goal is to plum the depths of how different people have adapted their cultures to experience an intimacy with the learning and expressing of languages, dance, music, mathematics, architecture, business, and the plastic arts.
Incubating a methodology for such a school will be a process in itself. The seminal questions for each learner and each facilitator are: What is the wisdom that I uniquely hold? What wisdom do you have to teach me? What help do I need to open myself to my own and your wisdom? What help do I need to experience the excellence of each form of transformation and learning?
My wish is for activities and learning to be accessible to an entire community on a daily basis. The school would function more like a business that people walk in to with their goals and concerns and they interact with a body of learners who are moment by moment discovering what it means to learn intimately about living and to manifest a productive, liveable world.
My wish-A Dance Brain Gym for everyone. 24 hours a day. Drop in or set an appointment with a professional. Exercises, equipment, experimentation and exploration opportunities. All ages, all sizes, all physical abilities including handicapped.
Here are some of the needs that would be met:
Newborns need a variety of stimulus to build their brains. Dance and music provide the variety of movements, rhythms, and emotions that they need.
Children and Teens need the challenged to connect emotions with learning and with physical exertion.
Adults need the release and fun of dance and music to reduce stress and open their minds beyond themselves.
Seniors need to renew and build their brains. Dance and music are obvious ways to do this safely while encouraging exuberance and delight.
Tight clothing is a traditional style for acrobats and gymnasts as well as dancers. Logically the skin tight garments make movements easier without sticking or catching while performing difficult routines.
For dancers there are two other reasons. One, tight clothing helps the instructor see how every muscle is working in order to correct the dancer’s moves and to help them complete the look of a long line or a shape.
Second, the tightness of the dancegear gives feedback to the dancer, indicating a pull here and a twist there, signaling that they are using the correct muscles.
As far as muscle health goes, a little compression is good and gives a head start on healing muscles that are challenged to the max. Current fabrics also include spandex to wick the moisture away from the body cooling the outside and keeping the muscle warmth during periods of activity and rest.
Even, when the instructor does not ask to see the contours of the body, most dancers wear a tight layer underneath their loose clothing or under warmers that keep their bodies at a consistent temperature.
My wish is that every performance would have a participatory event for all ages. The model is the Ballet Austin Family Workshops before performances where children can watch professionals from the coming performance and try out some of the moves. The other model is Carolyn Sutton’s Participatory Nutcracker that invites the whole family to come in costume and walk through the story of the Nutcracker with dancers coaching and demonstrating. Informal situations happen at Middle Eastern events and after some modern shows when the audience is invited to join the finale.
This would look like one stage with the mamma and the papas and the babies and the serious students all in one place complete with a dress up closet. Dancers would group the crowd and teach small portions of thier dances with interludes explaining the process of the choreography and the rehearsals.
I can not imagine the delight of families with all ages experiencing ballet folklorico, ballet, contemporary modern, contact improvisation, belly dancing, on and on.