Had one or the best dances of my life last night at Dance Camp. Over 6 hours of it. From not being sure I wanted to dance, to finding myself
As we started the warmup around 7pm I was in my head thinking, "I should just go to bed, I'm already sore. My bodies aching blah blah.." 6 hours later, still dancing. In awe of what happened. Where the time went.
Hundreds of people came in and out of the room, a hilarious live celloist, (spectacular was so much fun to move to). The first 4 hours or so we're contact improv which I've done a bunch of classes on while I've been here and it was great to integrate the learnings in the jam. Just to see how different options have become available in my movement. And how much fun it is moving with more experienced people, finding different invitations, lifts, etc.. So so so so much fun. As the music got harder/faster later in the night, I felt drawn to 'dance my Way' and found myself shuffling (Melbourne style) ~ it really reconnected me to how much I loved dance back in my early 20s while going to raves across aus. How much I missed being so meshed with the music i forget who I am and just watch the movements, rejoice in their delight.
3 of my guiding attitudes last night (I had to reflect on this later to connect when journaling on the ingredients that made it so encompassing for me).... • Dance for kinaesthetic delight. Look for where the pleasure is. How it can be more delightful. • Sanctifying thoughts - when cAtching a story or repetitive thought, offering it to the divine and returning to the dance. • "When I dance contact I like to become the point of contact between me and my partner" - a mans comment from the Jam workshop. I kept exploring this during the dance. Being "this" point. • "look for curiosity not ambition/agenda" ~ a paraphrase of something Nancy stark smith once said
Last night from my diary...
"I am so exuberant right now. Remember how this makes you feel Miroslav." I took brief notes from different dance interactions I had, yet so many of them I will not recall... "So many moments from the dance are already forgotten, untracked..never to be repeated or recalled again..