I'm doing an advanced dancer course with Charlotte Desorgher in London at the moment. I haven't been in regular classes for quite a while, and it's great being back into learning.
We've been working on grace and on a concept I'd heard of before but never really integrated into my brain - every second of every movement being beautiful.
Something a friend posted on Facebook this week really illustrated this for me.
If you pause this at any second, whatever the chap in this is doing it looks beautiful. Every second. From this I also learned that when I get re-incarnated, I am going to be a male ballet dancer because I want to be mega muscly like him and do that crazy jumping scissor kick thing.
Checking back on my own grace and gorgeous:graceless ratio, a great way I've found is to have a snap-happy person photo you as you perform, and then you can measure the ratio of graceful dancer to gremlin/limp zombie arms/grimacey dancer shots you have at the end. I've checked mine. Owch.
So this week in my choreographing I am really working on the details: body positioning, finishing my arms with beautiful fingers, shoulders and arm paths, so I can start my journey of being graceful all over rather than being graceful generally.
It sucks watching yourself on video or looking at the non-best photos of you performing - I really really don't like watching myself on video, blegh - but since we are all super critical of ourselves, we generally can find our biggest weaknesses and the areas that we need to fix to make ourselves better dancers. Like a lot of dancers, I need to keep working on my shoulders and my insane possessed left hand, who always likes to move around and join in with everything else I am doing.
I think this concept and awareness of grace is super important and will make a huge difference to my dance. Maybe one day I'll be good enough to don some near-invisible pants like the chappy in the video and prove my grace to the world.