It slips away
Then runs back
It never left
Once a dancer
Always a dancer
Our bodies may change
Our ability to do everything may change
But, our hearts and deep love
For the dance
We are always one with the Dance
A beautiful image
At 60, 70, 80
White loose fabric blowing in the breeze
With hair long and free as the neck releases
The body twirls
Visiting years past
But, present today
Grounds the body
Places me in my pure reality
Eases the body
Into lightness and flow
The body has aged
Beautifully, I may say
I still see the dance
I still feel the dance
For I am still the dance
I am Always a Dancer
I share this next practice with dancers of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Be one with your dance to discover your Joy, Acceptance, Passion and the beautiful Movement that is within your Heart! Dance today and love every minute of it!
Grand Plies with Upper Body Swings
Take 2 grand plies in Parallel 6th position. After Plies you will release the arms and upper body forward into two drop swings. Repeat Grand Plies with Upper Body Swings in 1st, 2nd, and 5th position. The Upper Body Swings in 1st, 2nd, and 5th will carry the arms to the side in a circular motion with the drop of the body instead of directly forward in space.
Degage with Lunges and Upper Body Releases
From 5th position you will degage forward and release the body into a turned out lunge in 4th position. The upper body will release forward into a drop swing and rebound back out of the 4th position to find 5th position. Repeat the Degage with Lunge to the Side falling to an open 2nd position with the upper body release. Then repeat to the back falling to open 4th position in the Upper Body Release as you did earlier to the front. Continue the movement sequence to the left side. The entire sequence can then be repeated starting from the back.
Passé Parallel Saute Alternating with Port de Bras
This sequence can be performed on a diagonal or circular pathway. Passé Parallel Saute on your right leg as you carry your left arm overhead to release into a circular Port de Bras. You will then take two steps forward (left/right) and repeat Passé Parallel Saute on your left leg. Repeat the entire sequence for up to 16 counts.
Arabesque Saute Alternating with High Release
This sequence can be performed from upstage to downstage or vice versa. Arabesque Saute on your right leg and allow the arms to carry open in a 2nd position spiral high release. The left arm will carry forward in space as the right arm is carrying slightly back. You will then shift your weight immediately into Arabesque Saute on your left side. Repeat the Arabesque Saute Alternating with High Release for 6 counts downstage and then change direction to repeat upstage for 6 counts.
Alternating Jete with Walking or Running Patterns
This sequence can be performed on a diagonal or circular pathway. Battement Jete on your right leg, then take two steps (left/right), and repeat Battement Jete on your left leg. Repeat the Battement Jete with steps 4xs then carry the body into a walking or running circular pattern to the right for 4 counts and then to the left for 4 counts. Repeat the entire sequence 4xs.
This blog is written and created by Lindsay Schaefer. For more information on Movement for You, A Way of Life Practice or Artists in Unity please visit the following sites.