Friday, April 6, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
With graphic design work, it's so easy to get sucked in and work for hours. It's interesting and creative and I just get absorbed. Started working around 9am and when I finally came up for air, it was 2 and ready to get dressed (sweats! again!) for Diablos rehearsal.
I've been rehearsing, with eSe Teatro, to be a diablo at the Seattle Center on May 5. This means learning an Afro-Perfuvian devil dance, which I've been learning for the last 3 weekends now.We will be wearing devil masks (see image). There are parts of it that are really similar to tap and jazz, other forms I've studied before. But mind you, I am NOT a dancer. I've always kinda sucked at dance. I'm not graceful, for one thing. For another, I've always had a problem picking up steps. They have to be broken down to the most rudimentary of levels for me, and I have to do them a lot verrrrry slowwwwly before I can get anything close to the actual time they're supposed to be in.
I took Jazz dance at Westlake Dance Center (WDC) for about 3 years back in the 90's. I was never really any good at it, but with perseverance, I *did* get better. Plus, one of the teachers I learned from, Sheri Lewis, was a really patient instructor with me, and I learned a LOT from her. Also, I felt like she actually LIKED me. I usually think all teachers dislike me, so I thrived as much as I was able in this environment. Towards the end of my time there, I finally started to get to the point where I didn't have to THINK about the steps as much but was just able to trust my body to a degree. Still not a pretty or graceful dancer, but at least I could get the combinations much faster.
So, fast forward 15 years to 2012, and eSe Teatro. Haven't really done any dancing since the three years of Jazz. I've done lots of theatrical movement, even choreography, but none of it was very complicated, nor did I have to be graceful. However, it is a similarly welcoming environment...and considering the abuse I've dealt with at my day job for the past 2.5 years, it has been nice to have this place where people welcome me in at least in some corner of my life! But back to the dancing, I've picked it up at a surprisingly quick rate. For ME, anyway. I thought I'd be struggling with everything and far, far behind, but I'm not only keeping up, I'm actually towards the top of the pack of devils, in terms of picking it up, which NEVER happens. I've noticed that that thing I had started to acquire at the end of my time at WDC has actually persisted, despite years away from dancing. I don't have to THINK about the steps so much, I just listen to the rhythm and my body kinda GETS it. Mostly. The switch got flipped back then, and I guess it's like riding a bicycle: you don't forget.
Day to day thoughts, rants and mental detritus.