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The company only had two rehearsals this week – a long one on Sunday and a shorter one on Wednesday. Wednesday’s rehearsal was men only, so the ladies had the night off! I love what I do, but it’s nice to have a little break here and there.
And how did I spend my free evening? Checking out another dance class I’ve been dying to try, of course!!! It’s not the same as the Thursday night class I kept missing (I’ve given up on that one for now). This other class is a Beginner Horton class. For those not versed in Modern Dance, Horton is a dance technique based on core movements that will help increase range of motion, created by Lester Horton (source). The class was AH-mazing!!!! I was nervous because I didn’t know what to expect, but the instructor, Iquail Johnson, immediately put me and the other four newbies at ease. He was easy-going, fun, and engergetic, and man – did he make us work!
I was able to keep up because a lot of the company’s rehearsal warm-ups are based on Horton, which I didn’t realize until Wednesday, but there were definitely some exercises I had never done before! I loved it! Iquail was somehow able to challenge us and crack us up at the same time! I don’t think I’ve ever laughed that much in a dance class!
I am looking forward to my next Wednesday night off, because I’m going to crash Iquial’s class whenever I can!
Dance, as with all art, can loosen the constraints of reality, allowing definitions to blur and logic to get lost in fantasy and desire. Happily, our bodies provide anchors, enabling us to use our gut and our heart instead of only our heads. When my mind threatens to paralyze my body with theories of “why,” I welcome the simple distraction of groove, allowing my body to do the thinking for me. (Click here to read the entire piece.)
I wish he could photograph our upcoming show!
photo credit: Harold Green
Five years ago today, I put on the loveliest yellow dress, and my sister and I helped our cousin put on a glorious white dress.
Thing 1 and Thing 2 (aka Cecilia 1 and Cecilia 2)
I can’t believe it’s been five years already!
Happy Anniversary, Cecilia & Curt!
Both of my teams won last weekend. I hope the same will be true tomorrow. I won’t be on hand to watch either game though, because I’m taking Karl on a Birthday Extravaganza to an undisclosed location. (It’s a surprise and I know Karl faithfully reads every post so I’ll share that info in next week’s Quick Takes Episode.)