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Dance Class Questions

Question:
How do dancers deal with the daily vulnerability and moment by moment corrections necessary to improve?

Personal Answers:
Growing a courage to admit strengths and limitations.
Growing a willingness to recognize insights and make corrections.

Answers of the Dance Class:
Dancing offers an instant delight of moving, growing, and becoming oneself.
Dance class is a process that builds confidence and excellence.

My Experience
I joined a Ballet class once again as a beginner’s beginner. One thing that puzzled me was the way most people left class without interacting with each other.

It reminded me of some meditations that are so expanding that words and smiles are not appropriate right away.

And it was true that like in meditation, every moment of the class required a personal dedication to noticing and making subtle shifts. And also the ending of the class with a portabra was a very gentle and expansive way to integrate my entire experience of struggles and insights.

Interesting that these analogies continue. The closing of the class was a moment of absolute stillness called “reverence.” i guess it would be normal to leave silently and take that feeling of strength and personal awareness with us.

But this is more of an adult experience. The little ones would be hugging each other, jumping up and down, and giggling. Teenagers who know the delight of dance have their own way of enjoying their friends after an intense class.

Question:
How do dancers think about their friends who go faster and farther into dance skills?

Personal Answers:
Because everyone is challenged to their maximum, there is tendency to rely on each other’s strengths and to take a longer view of getting things right.

My Experience
I have watched so much dance and so many dancers of all ages that I see each person as a unique journey. And the journey is like a group of scientists looking at a huge phenomena without an explanation.

When one dancer gets the pattern correct, everyone is in a different place, just like scientists who make a breakthrough for the entire community.

Another person adds more emotion or a melodic phrasing or a variation in the rhythm. Another person can not do all the pattern but has a little attitude that speaks a different message.

For myself, there is no way I could even make it through class without all the variety of the insights and breakthroughs of the other dancers.

So at the end of class I can walk out. I have to show my gratitude for everyone, the weakest who stand in courage with me and the brilliant ones who show the way. And it is no big deal. I smile or give a small touch and a gesture of gratitude. For some I can say how their experience of the dance helps me. For others I give a hearty thank you because I know their courage and growth has made a difference to me.
Tim Hurst 06/02/18

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Dancer Truth

Dancer truth is very simply the image from which a movement emerges.

The movement is my summation of myself at a moment in time and space.

The movement is the replication of my strands of experience, genetic and situational, that have formed the person I see, feel, and interact with.

With my personal movement I set in motion an infinite range of molecular transitions within all humans and all life in my vicinity.

To discover truth I only have to experience my own movement as it interconnects with other life.

Yet there are the hasty ways I summarize myself to satisfy many yearnings. Illusion and deception are their own set of skills.

What can I do? I watch the dancer experiment with vast realms of truth. I follow a kind of protocol for their experiments.

The dancer confers with the nature of the human and finds experience skills. First engage all resources, all human systems, all the ways of interconnecting internally and externally. Second, make peace with the unknowns where surprises are created. Third begin with the simplest movement of all these resources and combine their simple connections into networks of connections. Fourth, sort the variations of connections by rhythm and melody. Fifth, slow everything down so you can insert images that can be replicated in every cell within and outside the human system. Sixth, openly interact with other life to modify the summations of movements.

Yet there is still the prevalence of illusion and a taste for hasty compilations of my self. Trite solutions that are harmful to self and others can proliferate. I study the dancer who trains their focus to work within the illusion. They develop an agility to move between narrow task centered focus and a broad interconnected focus.

The illusion can be turned in minute degrees to get different perspectives and to reveal not only choices being made but also where the illusion began to take hold of the the human system.
Using an agile alternating focus, the dancer goes deep within the self to create new movements, rhythms, a song that reflects the emerging self.

Yet I may still hold on to a reluctance to yield a unified response to the emerging movement song. This is what the human calls “a bottom.” There is no alternative than to ask for a clear pathway.

Who to ask is both critical and negligible. I will ask trusted friends who may side with me. I will ask my creator or my personal guide to the creator of all life. I may ask into a silence of complete unknowing. The dancer asks within the movement, slowing down everything to listen carefully. This is where I begin and end.

Simply asking within the self will bring perspective for the person who is agile in interconnections and in focus skills. Yet like the insistent person in prayer, asking must be persistent and tested repeatedly.

I must ask over and over, “Is this true?” The responses come from every corner of myself with a unity that is undeniable and irresistible. The results are rejuvenating and not depleting. The results are helpful and not harmful.

Expending energy is a complete experience of total engagement. I respond with all myself and meets head on both the initial fear of so much power within me and also all the doubts and self criticism that follow. There is an immediate bounce back of life within and outside my self..

A truth has become another song, another movement.
Tim Hurst 09/14/17