A Time to Dance
I grew up dancing. Down grocery aisles, in a studio, and sometimes in my dreams. My story of dance involved pain, success, joy, sorrow, disappointment, then unexplainable happiness. I had everything planned out and could have been in a company if I sweated enough, starved myself enough, and gave up other things in my life....but God called me to other things. My story of dance is different from others and at times I feel regret over it, but ultimately He knew what my heart needed and what a future in dance looked like especially for me. And, it's not over yet. I am still dancing, teaching, and moving.
As an artist, I believe every dancer is on a journey of wholeness. As part of my senior performance/project/paper I discovered and researched what a Whole Person is....The following paragraphs are from my studies. "Whole "persons are irreducible to the sum of their parts...[O]verall[...] the whole person [is] choosing, setting goals, pursuing meaning, establishing and living in relationships, and creating" (qtd. in Sleeth).
Every dancer is different with diverse insight and experience. Every individual’s “self” is complex and unique to each person, therefore, there is a tremendous diversity of “selves” and each should be valued for the sake of its innate distinctness. However, like physical bodies, uniqueness is only one part of a person, there are many other parts. And each of these parts are similar to other persons. That is to say, certain features are universal, spread among even the innate uniqueness of individual selves. Just as two eyes, two ears, a nose, and a mouth are generally arranged in a descending pattern beneath the forehead and alongside the head, so too are attributes of the self present in every person (Sleeth). Each dancer is different in how they create and move, but overall, every dancer is connected in the ways that that they utilize their bodies to communicate to the world by discovering new styles of moving and sensing. Once a dancer becomes whole, they accept themselves as human beings regardless of their talent, bringing a full sense of complete artistry."
Photographing these "Whole" dancers for my senior project was amazing and I am more than pleased with the results. Their hands, feet, bodies, faces....all diverse but all the same in the way they all dance and connect their minds, souls, and bodies in an art form.
Dance is a part of me and will never leave my heart or soul. I am still discovering what path dance will take me down but I am certain it will combine all of my passions into one amazing life fulfilling purpose...
I am excited to share some of my life goals regarding dance with you that have been on my heart the last few months.
I have decided to pursue a Master's in Dance Therapy. I am not sure the timing or the school yet, but I do know my heart is called to help those that were abused and thus possibly not connected wholly to their bodies due to past circumstances. I want to use movement to aid one in reaching the depths of their soul and to heal from the inside out.
I am beginning to specialize in Dance Photography. My dream is to be able to capture studio's recitals and shows, portraits of baby and older ballerinas, and then also do lifestyle photography of dancers in their own specific element or style of dance, whatever that may be.
I am bursting with anticipation and excitement about these goals and am learning, researching and growing. I am ready to live out my passions intertwined...I am ready to become even more "Whole".
Here is some recent Photo ops I've been able to do with dancers...Hope you enjoy!