This year I have been honoured to be a part of the National Youth Dance Company, working with Guest Artistic Director Sharon Eyal. Throughout this incredible process (you can read more about it in the links above) I have really learnt a lot about myself as a person and a dancer and what it means to find 'your thing' in dance.
I started with a lot of preconceptions about what it means to be a contemporary dancer and specifically what that meant in comparison to all the other dance styles I encountered in the company. Being surrounded by incredibly talented dancers in styles such as bharatanatyam, breaking and ballet, was inspiring but also very intimidating - it's really easy to feel that what you do somehow isn't enough. But throughout the rehearsals and classes I realised that style isn't everything - just because you are a contemporary dancer doesn't mean you can't steal anything that takes your fancy from the people around you. It also doesn't mean that you are like other contemporary dancers, the beautiful thing about Gaga, the movement style created by Ohad Naharin that we took classes in every day, is that you are each moving individually and completely in your own world.
This space to discover what you like and what you don't like is invaluable in shaping what your perception of how you dance. I would also say that one of the amazing things about dance is that you don't need anything to transport yourself to a different place. As amazing as taking Gaga classes was, one of the most valuable things I took away from is it is that you can dance around your kitchen every day and that is just as valid as dancing in a studio. I love dance because I love moving, and you can do this anywhere and any time. As I go into professional training in September, I am so grateful for this experience and I am really excited to keep on discovering 'my thing' as a dancer.
'I dance every day, and I want everyone to do it'
Contemporary dance student and food-lover, sharing tips and tricks, recipes and my journey through the amazing worlds of dance and food.