When I was younger, almost all I knew was classical ballet. I studied Irish Step Dance for a few years, but other than that, I didn’t recognize the fact that there are many different types of dance out there in the world. These days it is far easier, with YouTube, cable and the increasing popularity of dance styles that didn’t get as much attention in the past.
None of this is news to you I’m sure. Still…how often do you go and see something out of your comfort zone? When is the last time you checked out a performance that was completely new and different? Sometimes these can be the most impactful. And they can help inform your dancing, teaching or choreography.
My encouragement today is simply this…expand your dance horizons. Go to an Indian dance performance. Check out a belly dance group. Stop and watch some street dancers–or simply attend the showing of a new choreographer and see what they have to offer. You cannot lose by doing this. Even if you don’t enjoy what you see, it will give you a more comprehensive view of dance and the possibilities that exist out there.
Have you ever been impacted strongly by something like this?
If your answer is yes–I’d love to hear about it.
If your answer is no–perhaps it’s time…