Choreography is just movement. Movement becomes dance when it has meaning and purpose. It’s important to take the time to not just know the moves, but know our spirit. What’s the approach? Why am I liking this art form?
Arnel Calvario, Founder of Kaba Modern, President of Culture Shock LA and Culture Shock International, and from the Kinjaz
- Step to Success: Today’s step to success is a book I recently read called Art & Fear, Observations on The Perils (And Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles, recommended by my dance trainer, and this book would have come in so handy many years ago. This book talks about how art gets made, why it doesn’t get made whether it’s out of fear or something else, and the difficulties that artists go through in the creative process. I definitely resonated with this book and was very encouraged by it. Art, whether it’s dance or something else, takes consistent and persistent action, and not everything you create will just magically happen. But in the process of the consistent and persistent action, the frustrations, something wonderful can be created.
- Dancer’s Dialect: There are times when I am taking dance classes, that I feel so excited about concepts that I am learning and experiencing the results of my efforts. The most recent ballet classes I took were fulfilling because first and foremost, I am grateful for the opportunity to take class and learn. Secondly, when I can take a correction, apply it and see it manifest, it is gratifying. At the barre when we were balancing in passe, the teacher was talking about the difference between stacking so that everything aligns versus muscling through the movements. She referred to younger dancers who can work on that without using extra muscular strength for certain movements, and to take advantage of that, and in contrast, using Misty Copeland as an example who muscles her way through her dancing. You can do both, but she was emphasizing effort economy, meaning use the effort necessary for execution, and don’t expend unnecessary energy. Stacking vs packing is what I call it.
- Freestyle Flow: What does snowboarding have to do with ballet? Nothing, until I caught a segment of the X games and there was an interview with Iouri Podladtchikov, multiple X games medalist. He was talking about what he could do in the off season to improve his snowboarding, and he said that he did ballet. He wanted a less aggressive approach that he could apply to his snowboarding, make it more interesting, and develop a quality of ease, which he thought ballet would help him with. He brought beauty into snowboarding. Who knew?
- Feature Presentation: These wonderful conversations are not long enough! Arnel Calvario, founder of Kaba Modern, President of Culture Shock, and member of The Kinjaz shares great insights on dance, empowering others and the importance of knowing your history to best represent an art form.
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