The last couple months have been such an incredible journey for me! Wow...working with Jason was so enlightening in so many ways. In my outside case studies I interviewed dancers who were wheelchair bound, with disabilities, age limitations, weight restrictions...and I am only further convinced that dance is for EVERY BODY!! The more that we know and understand the human anatomy, the more we realize the human capacity for motion, breath, rhythm and DANCE!
I cannot express to you in words, how grateful I am to have had your support and participation behind this project. And as I now start to move into the workshop phase, the project is really now JUST BEGINNING...my goal from the outset has always been to empower dancers through education and knowledge. Now through Jason's research and expertise, my own technical knowledge and interviews...I feel confident that in the coming months and years, we will be able to present something of profound value to the community.
I will now be taking the project into the next phase, which involves three parts. First, is the access to the anatomical knowledge, the nitty gritty details, what muscle goes where, what bone attaches at which joint, etc. Dancers need to be able to approach this information in a way that is fun and not overwhelming. Jason has a phenomenal way of breaking down incredibly complex ideas and concepts into understandable nuggets. While my research with Jason was VERY thorough and covered EVERY muscle and bone in the body...I will choosing the parts of the body that are most critical to a dancer.
Secondly, the method of relating this information to dance students is key...and I believe dance itself can be used to teach people about their bodies. This is something that I feel is rather innovative and unique...unlike an anatomy class where you learn out of a book, I propose to use dance as the tool for learning. I think that this method will allow the average dancer to retain far more information, because it pertains directly to their body in an experiential way. Have you ever noticed how someone who has knee surgery suddenly becomes an expert on the mechanics of the knee joint? So my question is, why wait until the damage has been done to educate ourselves about our instruments?
Lastly, once people are aware of the peculiarities of their unique, individual bodies...we are then able to find ways in which they are able to move most effectively within the vessel that they have been blessed with. This is when we truly start to demonstrate that EVERY BODY can dance!! PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO: http://abcnews.go.com/US/video?id=8246927
All that to say, my work is far from over...but the initial phase is drawing to a close. I am so excited give a full update as to our first workshop on Sunday, May 13th, at Manhattan JCC from 9-12 noon...if any of the sponsors are in the area and would like to attend as honored guests, please email me and I will give you all the specific details. Once again...thank you from the bottom of my heart...you are angels!