March 25, 2008

I have been observing that the ability to use and manage high energy while dancing is a giant divider between the less accomplished and the elite dancers on the floor.   Coming from a dance background, it’s been an interesting journey to see just how much has to evolve before high energy can even enter the equation.  The biggest piece that you can feel in your body driving this readiness for “more” isn’t the acquisition of necessary strength & technical knowledge, but a decrease in tension throughout my body. The diminishing tension in your lower thighs will enable more power thru your quads and thus better connection thru your feet to the floor, and the diminishing tension in your shoulders & shoulder blades will make you crave more energetic shaping and expression.  Whenthe tension is there, it’s an awful feeling of the opposite… wanting to move but feeling bound & unable.

So clearly, unlocking the bodys skeletal & muscular components seems directly related to the amount of energy one can put into one’s dancing.  Of course, that by definition is called youthfulness, and says a lot about the difference between young people’s dancing vs. the senior crowd.

Isaac Altman

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