I am riding the high from an incredible week of supporting my girl and her dance school at the local eisteddfod. I love this feeling!! I think its pride and awe and inspiration and exhaustion all rolled into one……
My little performer (who is almost as tall as me) describes dancing on stage like being in a dream, the music is her direction and things only go wrong if you wake up.
The well spoken, English dancer hired to adjudicate this September’s eisteddfod was kind, informative and inspirational.
He gave direction, noted the strengths of each performance and much to my delight provided insight into the origins of dance styles and in doing so helped us understand what he was looking for.
Picture this; the Tarantella was originally supposed to be a medicinal way to dance a spiders venom from your blood stream!!!!
This made me realise that understanding the origins of any style is extremely valuable, it creates a picture in your mind that can then transcend and evolve into something new and exciting.
Hands up if you hated history at school? I know I did, thought it was a complete waste of time. Until I studied design history. It may be because I’m getting old, but I now see that historical context helps us understand the visual component and the social significance of all our design choices……..