It’s always hopeful – the first week of any given semester. There is an air of possibility – seeing new faces and, after the obligatory review of the syllabus, a gradual excitement when students are getting to know each other and me, during the icebreaker activity. My favorite moment during the icebreaker is probably the fourth question. I select a prompt that will elicit strong reactions, and as the students reveal their opinions, I see them fully engaged with each others’ responses, and voila’! They truly begin their journey into Dance Appreciation at that moment – well, at least in my mind, they do! I am happy to report that as we go into week two, the classes are full, and the learning and understanding of how and why people dance are ready to be unearthed by a new group of eager RCC students. Welcome to the Fall Semester!
One of my favorite choreographers, Twyla Tharp, is in the midst of preparations for a tour of her works by a new group of dancers. Tharp has written two books on the creative process, and she is definitely in the category of “legendary choreographers of the 20th & 21st century”. She is keeping a rehearsal log for the New York Times, and I just love what she has to say about the rehearsal process. Here’s a link to one of the articles:
If you are a Dance 6 student, I hope you will read this article, and comment about what you find interesting and fascinating about Twyla Tharp. Perhaps you will comment about your own experiences watching dance, or performing dance. As you uncover new dance forms and choreographers during the semester, please let me know what you are thinking about, or any questions you may have – I want to know, and for you to share your thoughts and opinions.