A dancer’s daily practice is to discover networks that interconnect everything. The goal becomes building networks that increase agility and the ability to go beyond what they can imagine. The result is healthy approaches not only to fitness but also to ways of presenting oneself.
Networks are a series of connections that send and receive signals. The signals can be thought of as data as in Star Trek, as communication as in a conversation, as binary current as in electricity, as emotional and reflective responsiveness as in religious ritual and meditation.
All these approaches to signals meld into one as a dancer discovers fresh connections within their favored networks. The dancers research is not to improve the brain because with each intention and each movement the brain engages in many areas at once. This phenomena also seen with musicians is related to a network approach of responsiveness throughout the entire body and psyche. A level of awareness and agility in one area of a network interacts with all other areas.
Dancers often have an affinity to body workers and therapists who take a network approach. You will find dancers as massage therapist, chiropractors, martial artists of Thai Chi, Qi Chong, Aikido and personal counsellors of all kinds. The dancers approach to networks is the basis for major discoveries in body mechanics tied to physical and emotional training like Pilates, Feldenkreis, Alexander, Skinner, Gyrometrics,
The discoveries of connections within networks is unique to each dancer as they apply their teacher’s approaches to their own bodies and abilities. What seems like repetition of movement patterns is actually a process of discovery based on experimentation.
Ballet is often called the science of movement because of this approach to experimentation and the exploration of an infinite variation of positions, directions, parallel and crossing movements, levels of force, the quality and dynamics of movement throughout the entire body.
Networks are built by training the connections throughout the body and the person. Networks are instantaneous connections that make agility possible whether they be muscular, emotional, intentional, visceral, neural, sensual.
The history of dance is like a map of clarifying different network connections.
Communal, tribal, and folk dancing clarified community bonding and the surprise of making variations of movement, rhythm, and sounds that connect to form melody.
Shamanic dances clarified dance as story telling and also the healing nature of dance defining a relationship to nature and to a creator.
Social dances of each culture clarified dance as a metaphor, as a statement capturing the energy and delight of entire cultural groups.
Ballroom dancing expanded group dancing into couple dance forms.
Ballet created a fusion of all these dances with group and couple dancing, martial art principles, storytelling, and the experimental principles of simple movements that are combined and varied to reveal surprising results.
Tap Dancing created a fusion of rhythm and melody from the communal roots of African and Celtic cultures and identified a United States culture blossoming as Street Dancing, Vaudeville, and Jazz.
Jazz Dancing created a fusion of Ballet and Tap with Jazz music and expanded the power of Broadway Dancing. Sensual networks were emphasized exploring the body and personal expression.
Modern Dance expanded the range of possibilities of Ballet studies and expanded experimentation into personal improvisation.
Contact Improvisation clarified the networked energy flow throughout the body and how two dancers could interact following that energy flow. Falling and aerial movements were expanded.
Street Dancing clarified personal improvisation and the use of energy flow in Wave, Popping, and arial forms that expanded the use of the body.
Body Mind Centering clarified the networking of memory stored in the cells of the body through study of movement and awareness since birth and even neonatal. Pioneering research identified many networks including connections between organs and emotions.
Continuum Therapy clarified the relationship of micro-movements to brain processes related to trauma.
Rewiring processes clarified networks that allow for undirected movement applied to clearing movement patterns and trauma.
Floor-BarreTM clarified the training of signal networks defined by Ballet.
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