This week I will be performing in my very first Contemporary show. One year ago I wasn’t extremely fond of this form of dance and now I’m actually really excited for this performance! My timid venture into the world of Contemporary dance first began in January when I auditioned to be in a winter show for a local company. I must admit going into (and especially during the audition) I had no expectation that I was actually going to get in, let alone be invited to be an apprentice. Much to my surprise and delight however, I received an email inviting me to do both of the above. My parents were very supportive of this opportunity and ever since January have been driving me to a studio that’s almost an hour away from home, every Sunday evening. ( My parents deserve a major round of applause!)
I’ve learned a lot from this apprenticeship, and have gained valuable insight into the Contemporary and professional company world. 🙂 The choreography has been challenging and yet fun. I have had to push myself as a dancer to try new things. I’ve learned that sometimes its good to release your body and just let it dance. The choreography has made me learn how to become less stiff when dancing. My fellow classmates and I have also learned that you as an individual are responsible for knowing your choreography and for executing it correctly. You are not going to be babied or have your hand held. I’ve learned to go with the flow ( for lack of a better term) and just be open to different teaching styles and choreography. I’ve gained a new appreciation for this style of art and have learned that every choreographer has a story behind their piece and it is your job as a dancer to communicate that story to the audience. My respect has also grown for the artists who pour themselves into their dancing, and choreography. I’m really grateful that I got to be a part of this apprentice program, and for all the lessons that its taught me.
The pointe ( sorry but this is a dance blog ) of my really long story going all the way back to January is that we, as dancers must step out of our comfort zone in order to grow, and improve. We can not become complacent or comfortable with our current state. I’m not saying that we can’t be happy and enjoy the journey, only that we must strive to be our very best. This holds true for everyone though, not just dancers.
In summary, try something new, push yourself, take chances. Please don’t ever have to ask your self ” What would have happened if….?” or think about what could have been, if only you hadn’t been afraid. This quote always inspires me.
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ” – Norman Vincent Peale. “
Remember that everyday that you wake up and open your eyes is a gift, use it well.
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