My travels have just begun, and I can’t tell you how extremely nervous I was that I might not find dance anywhere. I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read about how dance is dying; even with televised success of shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing WithThe Stars.” What if dance was dying and all we had as human culture was football and soccer?!
However, I did have a glimmer of hope about what I might find because I’m a firm believer that dance is everywhere. It follows us around every day whether you see or not. Have you ever heard of Yvonne Rainer’s “No Manifesto?” (If not, you totally need to click here to read about it.)
It’s true, as a college student / young professional dancer, I didn’t quite relate to Rainer’s “No Manifesto” beliefs. In fact, I was downright bored in company rehearsals of “Chair Pillow” and “Trio A.” I knew they were important pieces in modern dance history that needed to be preserved… but really stand up, sit down, drop a pillow, and stand up again, hardly used the technique I worked so hard to perfect all my life. Don’t we all want a little spectacle in our lives?
It wasn’t until recently I began to reconnect with Rainer’s thought. Perhaps it was the development of my “Dance Around The World” project or maybe the layover at the airport, but I’ve began to see dance everywhere. As you follow my dance adventure, I hope to share with you not only the “main stream” dance experience, but dance in the most unexpected places.
Join me for my next post as I explore dance in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula!
Dance is my passion, and I can’t help but move.
– The Offbeat Ballerina