Healing through movement has proven to be a powerful salve for pain, trauma and even disease. In an effort to explore her own grief, dancer and writer Suzanne Guillette created a piece titled Moving, for You: A Tribute to Empathy. The project, which initially honored a collection of other people's written personal stories of grief and loss, evolved into a short film of Guillette's improvisational movement. As one story contributor Lindsay McKinnon described it, "Suzie is 'singing over bones' and allowing those painful places to live and breathe, dance and be free."
Here is Guillette's journey that discovers and celebrates empathy and joy through dance.
Alexandra Costumes' bold apparel has been making its way onto stages across the nation and people are noticing. Why do coaches love these costumes so much? With years of experience in the dance industry, the minds behind Alexandra Costumes know what works for dancers—comfort, performance and stage-worthy style.
Last week the dance community was heartbroken to learn that Jaime Guttenberg, a 14-year-old dancer, was among the 17 people killed on Valentine's Day in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Jaime trained at Dance Theatre in Coconut Creek, FL and was a member of the studio's DTX competition team. Dance Theatre owner Michelle McGrath Gerlick said this on Facebook:
You can join dancers across the nation in showing support for Jaime's family, her friends, and her dance community by wearing orange ribbons at competitions, in class, or at rehearsal this weekend. Our hearts go out to everyone who loves Jaime, and to everyone touched by the shooting in Parkland.
This article was orignally published on dancespirit.com.
Once a dancer recovers from a foot or leg injury—usually via rest and physical therapy—it's time for them to slowly reintegrate into class. They may ease in by taking barre or doing only the warm-up before working their way up to a full class, depending on how they feel and their physical therapist's advice. One of the last movements to add back into a dancer's regular practice is big jumps, since they require strength and control to take off and land safely.
But what if it didn't have to be that way? New research suggests that using jumps as part of injury recovery could actually help dancers make a stronger return to training.
Watching L.A. Dance Project's Rachelle Rafailedes travel the world with mesmerizing movement quality, it's hard to believe she's ever had aspirations of anything but a professional dance career. Surprisingly, though, the Juilliard alum didn't even consider dance as a career until she was well into high school. "I just wanted to do it because I enjoyed it," she says. "I didn't realize I could do it to make a living."
Rafailedes attributes her longtime love affair with dance to the late Theatre Dance Centre teacher, Richard Moore, in Canton, Ohio. "He inspired a love for dance without pressure or high stakes. He taught with encouragement and led me to believe that there wasn't anything I couldn't do." Moore passed away in 2000 when Rafailedes was only 13. Here she shares a favorite memory and an emotional shout-out to her beloved teacher.
When dancer and teacher Joy Ndombeson heard an elderly couple's love story, she was inspired to retell it through dance–the good and the bad. The piece titled Arnie and Brenda's Story: Love is a critique of the fairy tale about love that society sells, says Ndombseon. "The story that's unrealistic versus the real love, which is messy, hard but priceless and worth the work."