Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Aerial Dance ...play time!

Dancing is built within us. from the very ancient civilizations to these days, being able to move your body to the beats of musical tones has been found allover the world.

There is no difference when you include an aerial apparatus in the equation of body and music.This past Monday a group of enthusiastic and graceful young women joined the aerial improv workshop. The aerial warm up (literally- we use the trapeze to warm up too :), allowed us to get to know each other a little and infused us with some needed energy that we were going to use for the rest 90 minutes.
"Driving" the apparatus, difference between tempos and exploration of the body in the single point trapeze described different moments of fun swinging, turning and ..yea hp getting dizzy too!!
However, all new things sometimes gives us that belly/head sensation... the deal with aerials is that in spite of that- you allow yourself to stop for a moment - and then continue -to try whatever "new trick or movement" that was making you dizzy, antsy or scared.

As we moved into learning some new vocabulary and rest our hands from all the gripping, I realized that all of this Jung women had something in common, they were just curious about the aerial dance-idea.
I hope they had a chance to try something new...or get a taste to pursue further curiosity, or maybe- at the same time -I hope that they just reconnected with something that they already knew they could do: just breath and move to the beat of their hearts, just now also -
in the air.

see you at the studio, it was a great day.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Moving and improvising....aerials

As the summer slowly gives away to shorter days the movement on the everyday tasks keeps pulsing. The fact that days will be shorter and nights longer , send us some signs for a different type of movement in terms of our circadian rhythms and the way our mind and body work at unison.

Classes at the studio will have a small pause during this transition to Fall of 2010.

As we pause, there is an opportunity to try new things.
I am very happy to say that aerial dance improv will be one of those moments of exploration.

Steaming from my previous love of aerial dance and the most recent influence of Carrie Heller's therapeutic approach to aerials and circus arts, I invite you to come and let yourself -play. No experience necessary.

To the sounf of music , the idea is to try a new dimension of your ongoing passion for aerials or, if you are new to this venue -be taken away by something new like swinging low, integrating the space under the trapeze and hopefully noticing that "tricks" might not be the only approach to circus arts- but a sense of artistic expression from the most valuable source of improvisation- you.