I am writing Meaningful Gestures: Inner Thoughts and Outward Expressions as a companion to my first book, Unveiling Motion and Emotion. My first book was a memoir that shared my experiences as a dance artist; Meaningful Gestures will be a deeper exploration of training, and artistic realization. My philosophy is that the journey is the destination - one must bring as much focus and energy to training as to performing.
My second book explores basic exercises, visualization exercises, active imagination and artistic application. I explore how technique is a philosophy and technique as a theory, the body as an instrument: alignment, use and projection of energy, and use of gravity. Finally, I explore how to work and create consciousness of your skeleton, muscles and center of energy in the different centers of movement.
Teaching in three languages has had a profound effect; I have found clear explanations, metaphors, and stories that communicate my approach to training. I am writing to foster dialogue and community between the three cultures that I have been a part of, to share the knowledge and experience I've gained over the last 25 years with the dance and Latino community, and to advocate the need for thoughtful dance training. This text will be accompanied by Todd Carroll’s photographs, and drawings to illustrate the exercises
This book will serve current and future dancers as they continue to train and explore the professional world of dance. It is my hope that my experiences can guide young dancers as they embark on their own journeys. As a teacher I have been sharing my knowledge with a younger generation for 25 years, and I hope through my second book to continue to broaden the scope of students I reach.
Dancers must make their gestures meaningful.
The money raised in this campaign goes to finance the production of the book, and to pay the people behind the hard work that is going into it.
Risks and challenges
Writing and researching a book is both challenging and expensive, but I believe it is a worthy pursuit. Your steadfast support demonstrates your belief in the importance of creativity and art, and ensures that dancers have a resource that I believe will elevate the quality of the dance community.
Please join us and share in the satisfaction of underwriting a meaningful creative endeavor.
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