“Now we’re seeing labral tears (tear in hip joint) and issues in their back in 11 and 12-year-olds, which is very disconcerting because while they’re doing these moves to make themselves better dancers, they are often actually ruling themselves out of a professional career because they are getting injuries so young.”
Lisa Howell is Dance Physiotherapist in Australia, where dance is becoming more popular than any sport except swimming.
Worse thing is, I don´t even like that gymnastics-look trend in Dance. I see at all these popular pictures, and great dancers like Natalia Osipova and Sarah Lamb being bent and twisted until almost being turned inside out, and see no beauty and no magic. Choreographers like Wayne MacGregor and Alastair Marriott seem keen on that kind of “dancing”, that feels to me, specially when it comes in plotless works – where it doesn’t have even the excuse of imparting a meaning – just like a kind of perversion of Dance should be.
Weird pics like that make me sad.
You see these strange things done more often by female dancers. Why? Are they more flexible as a rule? I hope so, because I would not like to think this is a new way to fetichize woman’s bodies.
“What makes one’s dancing compelling is one’s love for it. What draws the eye is the ability to watch someone having a profound internal experience translated into the external physical world. As a dancer, you are a kind of translator for divine energy, the non-verbal prayer.” … “When dancing felt best to me, it was when all parts of myself, some I could name, and some I could not, danced together, without hierarchy.”
Terpsichore! she is talking about Terpsichore…
Tai Jimenez was Principal Dancer of The Dance Theatre of Harlem and with the Boston Ballet, and is a teacher now.
This blog is, more than anything else, about the reception of Dance, about what we in the audience – I should better use “I”, since my opinions are far from being an unanimity – want, wish, expect from Dance, and think/feel when see it. But often things get mixed up, because I want to understand what makes a performance compelling – and end up reading with great interest what dancers and choreographers have to say about their motivations and experiences.
Although it is meant for dancers, this prayer she wrote feels so right!, I had to quote it too:
“Dear Universe, Help me to love myself as I am. Let my dancing be an expression of that love. Help me to recognize the Light in others without diminishing my own Light by falling into jealousy. Help me to move through doubt, fear and self-hatred into the dance of Love. Help me to love every part of my body without exception. Help me to practice recovering quickly from my mistakes, and to honor my limitations with patience so that I may uncover the gift in the disguise of that limitation. Help me to see through the obstacle of the Ideal Image and to trust that my best is good enough. Help me to nourish myself mind, body and soul so that I may be a vessel for Grace,and help me to let go so that I may be One with ecstasy. Thank you for this day of dancing.”
Anyone who has these wishes granted will certainly be a great pleasure to see dancing!