˜ "My dream changes a lot, which is confusing, because I want to do everything and experience everything, but right now the dream is to dance and to help other people want to dance. To find a happiness in dancing because a lot of where I grew up was you train, train and train, it's hardcore and everyone is in a love/hate relationship with dance.
My brother is a surfer so we talk about this a lot. He'll talk about how you sit out there, rocking on the board, and when you actually catch a wave you're not thinking like, 'Oh, I'm going to paddle five or six times, I'm going to push up and stand like this.' You're instinct takes over, you just go for it and when you hit the wave, exclamation marks go off in your mind. That's the same thing when you actually are dancing instead of thinking about the technique or all the steps. When you just dance, there's music on and you're going, it's instinct, wordless, joy.
When you go into a normal dance studio and take a class, most people will just teach you the steps and make sure you look the way you're supposed to. I am totally doing something different and being a little radical and some other teachers I know are doing the same thing. In one of my studios, I take the kids out to the park and we sit and we talk for a long time. That's a class because they are stuck in this really difficult trading process where the teachers are telling them no, no, no, you're not doing it right, you're not good enough, harder, harder, you're not perfect yet. These young dancers are so committed that they take all that on and are now emotionally repressed. It comes back to animal instincts. If you're scared, you scare an animal, they're going to shrink, their chest will sink down, shoulders will come forward and their head will go down. If you stand in that position naturally, chances are you're not going to be confident or you're not going to be happy because the mind and the body are connected. In class I focus on the position of your shoulders a lot because if you're shoulders are open and your head is up, I've found that you'll feel a lot better about your class. Once you're dancing feels better, you're more likely to go to class and work harder." ˜
Evyn is a friend from school and she reached out to grab coffee and catch up! I had a great time hearing about her approach to teaching her passion for dance. Follow her on Instagram: @Evyntually
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