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Dancer’s Wisdom

The wisdom of Alexander Technique
Find the connection to one zone on the spine between the wings.
Let the connection lift you.
Think no more about rising and balancing.
Simply connect.

The dancer’s wisdom
Discover a connection of muscle of bone of body of move.
Place a discovery within a personal network all connected, already in tact.
Think no more about missing a skill, a lift, a leap.
Connect one part of the network to activate the whole.

The dancer’s wisdom shared by travelers in the many worlds of meditation and prayer.
Taste the delight of the coming movement within and without.
Enter the delight with full attention.
Exhale a thank you to ourselves, to those who share our journey, and to all of life that I do not yet know.
Tim Hurst. 05/20/17

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Open Letter to Protesters of Bad Bodies

Who are we that protest so eloquently?
We argue that our knees grind. Yet we grind every step into the ground.
We insist our spine is our culprit. Yet we crumple it as if it were ready for the trash.
And our hips are so untrue to be bone upon bone. Yet what are hips for except to sit?

Yes we exercise. We seek definition. And yet we injure whatever we want and the doctor says we have to rest six weeks. We know the story from the last time, “Give the body a chance to heal.”

Have we not noticed what the dancer has discovered?
Being erect is not a grind. Lifting ourselves up is easier than one plus one.
Pulling the body with the legs is out of date. The body moves. The legs spring.
Discipline comes from the love of movement.
Quality of movement connects our brain and our body and our desire and our hope.
Quality of attention is the key to preventing and nurturing injury.

It is the same old story, “Give the body a chance. Dance!”

Tim Hurst. 05/20/17

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Dance Like Eating

Had two Pilates sessions to introduce my grandson to an intense workout. This was a perfect chance to test out my experience of the pelvic floor for three dimensional responsiveness through the body.

So far I am playing with the pelvic diaphragm for vertical lift sending signals to both the lower limbs and the upper torso. Horizontal wave motions regulate the position and signals to and from the hips,

First exercise of pushing out with the legs, Karin Carlson helped me identify my overuse of the thighs and need to connect the back of my legs and gluts. By alternating between horizontal and vertical lift motions of the pelvic floor I was able to immediately change my orientation. Signals moved easily through the front and back of my legs. My thighs were supported and I was able to continue to push against a heavier weight than ever before.

I continued to use this experience as I explored extensions. Balancing countering actions with each leg meant sending signals down each leg. Finding the passage points on the pelvic floor came quickly and made it easier to equalize a shorter leg and keep both hips engaged and aligned.

In the second session, I asked about the tension behind my knees. Karin suggested that I pull up from the knee caps to engage my entire thighs front and back. After feeling the sensation, I applied outward compression to both hips engaging the thighs and simultaneous lifting of the pelvic floor.

I had access to more movement in the back of my legs. Sending signals through the entire knee area gave me the extra freedom to release into more of an extension. Long way to go and lots of Ballet classes before all will be functional.

Coordination of the legs brought new sensations in muscles I had not experienced before. New cooperation had to be worked out. Stretching also felt different.
Tim Hurst. 05/14/17

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Dance Class Process

All that a dancer does sounds complicated as I describe the detail I have to go through to understand their process.

This complexity disappears on the first day of dance class as a dance teacher breaks down the kinesiology, mathematics, geometry, physics, psychology, and spirituality of dancing.

Dancers are the masters of simplicity because they build networks of imagery and commands that interrelate the entire body.

Dance classes are the capsules we have to learn their process of beginning with the simplest movement and developing a complexity that require volumes of words to describe.