Mahtomedi • Minnesota
Sometimes dancers begin to focus too much on how many turns they are capable of, or on how high they can kick their leg. Distilling dance to this, a quest to contort your precious body into specific shapes for the sake of shapes, is unfortunate. It is not art.
I do not mean to assert that a huge leap with turned out legs and pointed toes is not beautiful. It truly is. I simply mean to say that dance is about more than straight legs and a pasted-on smile.
Dance is about emotion, about choosing a piece of music that makes your heart sing and sharing that song with a captive audience.
Dance is about connection, about holding someone to support them in a lift or to support them through life.
Dance is about telling the story that you need to tell, because maybe it's the one that someone else needs to hear.