As a dancer, I hear people say the word creative, or some form of it, a whole lot! Heck, even I use it on a regular basis in conversations and in class. Do we all really know what it means? Well, early this summer I was asked to present a workshop during a retreat for Bharata Natyam dancers. Since we, as practitioners of a very ancient and culturally specific genre, tend to cling to tried and true traditions in an effort to maintain integrity of the lineage, I thought the topic of creativity might be useful in opening up some thoughtful discussion.
It’s been a hectic two months and I am so late in putting these thoughts down in print. But I decided that it was better to have some quiet reflective time to do this rather than be rushed while life was pulling me in so many directions!
Rasa: Sweet Nectar
When I was a young dancer thinking of new projects, finding new music, researching themes, and creating new choreography I remember a sense of fulfillment and joy in discovering new ideas and my own capabilities.
Be a Duck!
Keep watching your hands! This is something I have repeated endless times in class to make sure students are paying attention to their own arm movements.
“Be a duck!” I remember calling out in class one day a few years ago. My kids were bewildered. When I’m in class teaching a step to my kids, goofy things often come out of my mouth!