Always a Dancer with the Dance

 The Dance-

It slips away

Then runs back

As if…..

It never left

 

Once a dancer

I say

Always a dancer

 

Our bodies may change

Our ability to do everything may change

But, our hearts and deep love

For the dance

Never changes

We are always one with the Dance

 

A beautiful image

I carry

Of dancers

At 60, 70, 80

Maybe 90

White loose fabric blowing in the breeze

With hair long and free as the neck releases

The body twirls

As if

I am

Visiting years past

But, present today

 

The maturity

Grounds the body

Places me in my pure reality

The confidence

Eases the body

Into lightness and flow

My movement

 

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!

 

Physical Practice

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. 

www.movementforyou.com  and www.artistsinunity.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Movement-for-You-and-Artists-in-Unity/179731992111934

lindsayschaefer@movementforyou.com

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