The Dance as Practice

The Dance is my primary practice - the ground I return to, again and again, with consciousness and intention. Unlike habits, that are often automatic and reactive, my daily movement practice is a deliberate turning toward my experience with clarity, open attention, and a willingness to engage both the known and the unknown. It is a conversation that is both creative and structured. Disciplined yet open to change. It is the most nourishing and supportive resource I have found for fully inhabiting my life and uniquely expressing myself through it. 

danceaspratice
 

A Practice is a repeated activity for the betterment of oneself and others.

-Kathy Altman
Open Floor Founding Member 

 

 

I find great truth in these words, and have discovered that each time I turn toward the dance as a practice I am artfully training my soma (body), psyche (mind), emotions, and soul in both formal and informal ways. Each dance sharpens my awareness, opens my heart, cultivates receptivity, and unveils my most essential self.  

It all matters. Makes an impact. Ripples outward. So whether you're establishing a practice for the first time or sustaining something for years...whether you find yourself on a yoga mat, the dance floor, or immersed in nature...in solitude or community:

*Find your way. Ease into what brings you the most joy.
*If you fall off track, don't give up. Be gentle with yourself and simply start again. 
*Honor where you are in your life. Allow your practice to shift and change. 

Practice is unique for each of us, but generally each method or way includes a measure of artful training as we learn to gently and tenderly shift our perspective from there to here...from without to within. If you're interested or would like to learn more about dance as a personal practice, reach out, join a class, or consider exploring a 1:1 session with me! 

Teresa