I actually enjoyed our dance class lesson. This is the one that made me the most nervous about teaching and learning – my strategy to pair up with Agnes (a fellow nervous dancer) was foiled when our group was separated into 4 lines! Now what was I going to do!
My only dance experience has been some less than enthusiastic swing dance lessons, “dancing” at the bar or whatever you call that – mostly just distract and run away from the dance floor – weddings (which are always a great time!) and PE class where we learned line dancing and two step (probably). So far my love of line dance has not been very useful so I was really excited to learn this dance – they taught us 4 basic movements, eliminating any fear or confusion – and then a simple set of steps that we all completed IN A LINE! I loved that. This was line dancing without being country which means most people will like it, not just redneck girls like me. It was a great lesson and I appreciated their instruction and enthusiasm. By the end of the lesson I was feeling brave enough to incorporate more emotion and movement into my steps. SUCCESS!
Dance can be intimidating because we often think of ballerinas or real modern dancers and their ability to perform complex moves synchronized and very quickly. It was nice to see that this is not the only way. I also really enjoyed the articles that taught the basics of modern dance. I want to teach dancing as a story telling and dramatic movement – from more of a theatrical approach than an actual song and dance routine. Maybe as teachers we just need to demystify dancing. Don’t worry so much about looking good or getting the beat right and practice using your body to show emotions. The kids that love dancing will be able to take this and expand on it, and the kids that are intimidated by all this dancing, will be able to access it from a point of view where they can be more comfortable. I actually feel prepared to teach dance now.
On a side note, I was watching SHAW local tv this morning and they had a kids dance instructor group on there called FUCI, fun unique creative individuals and they were great! I want to bring them in to my class. Also DancePlay is full of great resources as well. Dancing can be fun and easy to teach!
did not start dancing again until my senior year. Looking back, I’m having a hard timebelieving that the aesthetic of dancing was not important to me, but it’s hard to sort thisall out. I value my search for the newness but now hope to pay attention to the aesthetic aswell. When one commits to a certain ﬁeld, he is committing to a certain aesthetic of regulartasks. If I enjoyed the day-to-day work of dance, why didn’t I commit to it?What’s even more striking, though, is that in my Plan Proposal Essay, I did not oncemention the positive aesthetic of doing math. Why not? Why would anyone do somethingthey don’t enjoy? And more importantly, why didn’t anyone call me on it?
3 How Did I Actually Decide on Math?
To be fair, my advisor Allen Shawn and I talked at length on my potential areas of con-centration. I had refused to commit myself to anything in advance of those conversations.“It’s still too early,” I thought. “Let me keep exploring.” Allen, the good advisor he was,knew that I needed a concentration for the Plan Proposal and pressed me for my thoughts.“Math, music, and dance” I threw out there.Allen explained that he saw dance as something I did in college, and that maybe I’d sharestories about it with my friends and family when I got older. But not a serious concentration.Perhaps all that he observed (and perhaps all that was there) was my attraction to thenewness. After all, at that time, I said the same things about dance as I did about musiccomposition and later my sculpture and acting courses.
I trusted Allen’s judgment; he’samazingly perceptive. “Great,” I decided, “that narrows this down.” And there went dance.Math or music? Allen was my ﬁrst music composition teacher and he said I could besuccessful in either discipline. I trusted him on the music part, even though it was new
Actually, I was aware of the aesthetics of activities even then, though not to the same extent. I distinctlyremember enjoying my acting course but then deciding—swearing, really—that I’d never take another actingcourse ever again.