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THE ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR PERFORMANCE
by Morwenna Assaf, Director
"The basics you need to look and perform your best."
Before you get into performance you need to hone your skills in class and practice. The skills are the same. It is all one working curve. To perform well in any area of your life you need to develop these qualities.
You will use these qualities whether you are cleaning house, performing or whatever. You will look better and feel better. Whether you are a beginner, professional or anywhere in between develop the essentials for having it all. They will help you build a strong, balanced body, which not only looks good but functions better. Think of them as the alphabet. You will never read well if you don’t learn the alphabet first.
These skills will help you acquire all the skills you need in life in the order that you need them. Make them a habit. Do it right!
Balance: The foundation of the qualities. Required for everything you do from walking to performing.
Coordination: This point allows you to have control over your body and makes you less likely to get injured.
Flexibility: Makes you look young and graceful through efficient movement.
Endurance: Allows you to keep going. You cannot live without this.
Speed: This isn’t about moving fast. It is about how fast you move and react. The one thing that will give you an edge.
Strength: Without strength you cannot help yourself or help others. You cannot survive without this point either.
These are the six points of achievement that all need to strive for, especially dancers. To achieve this you need to workout a minimum of 30-minutes 3-4 times per week. Plus extra strength training 2-3 times per week is recommended.
Step 1: Warm -Up—Do a 5-10 minute low intensity total body movement. Breathe deeply from the diaphragm.
Step 2: The Workout—Make sure you work right and left side. Do your moves at three speeds. Vary the moves at these different speeds. Use a slow pace to learn movements. This helps integrate various muscle fibers and increases coordination, balance and power.
Step 3: Cool Down—Stretch all major muscle groups.
Technique is the dancer’s "home base". Technique is the dancer’s main tool for accomplishment. Technique should not work on but through a dancer’s body. Technique arises from the necessity of knowing how to do something. Express through movement both physically and expressively. Sometimes we need more than just plain technique. We need something in dance called "somatics". According to the dictionary this means relating to or affecting the psyche.
How do we do this? Here is just a few key phrases to set you thinking.
Be aware of the subtlety of movement. Movement does not have to be big and bold. Over working leads to injury. Decreased body connectedness can lead to impaired emotional content. Know from where a movement starts, follows through and finishes.
Develop skills of self observation.
Learn how to learn.
Maintain a flexible mind-body map. Be kind to yourself.
Learn a balance of use and rest.
Discuss with others where and how you are. This is what teachers and peers are for.
Build a vocabulary of dance and kinesthetic sensations. Learn how to move mechanically, physically and expressively.
Build a support system - if not with others, with yourself.
Have fun. Play with the dance.
Just keep dancing.
Hope this gives you something to ponder for the next month or so. Dance is the one field where there is always something new to research and learn.