As I plan to go back to the studio I can’t help but take a moment to reflect on the vast experiences I’ve had as a teacher and dancer during remote learning. It wasn’t easy but it wasn't all bad.
In my home space there were days that I would open my laptop to glitchy connections or blank screens. There were also thoughtful conversations in the chat and beautifully crafted video projects that were not only creative but extremely personal. I am excited to bring the lessons I have learned from the last 1+ year in my home to the studio.
Going back into the studio is exciting and admittedly a little scary but by unpacking these “wins” I believe it will lead to a very interesting, very investigative year.
I am curious how to continue in the studio what we found dancing at home, where the dancer’s individuality was so often accentuated by their home spaces. This studio is essentially empty: four walls, no kitchen or bedroom or closet. When the studio comes alive, it’s from what we bring as dancers.
The studio also doesn’t force us to reveal our personal spaces, which can be freeing. Home spaces are so personal that sharing them could inspire or intimidate. I’m wondering how to use the conventional studio space to encourage personal style and space exploration. And live it.
Many questions have come up in the last year and I’m ready to unpack them to continue to grow as a dance educator and artist.
Questions to consider for future lessons in the studio:
Some of my reflections: