Sunday, October 21, 2012

CI Jam at the Market

CI Jam at the Market, originally uploaded by lssloan.
On Saturday, I hosted a Contact Improvisation Jam at the Denton Community Market. Many dance students from the University of North Texas volunteered their time (and bodies) to create some dance out in the open, and they did an amazing job!

It's so interesting to see what happens when you take a very personal dance practice and put it out of context, and in front of new faces. It's a little unnerving at first, and a lot fo self-talk comes up. What do they think of me? Do they think this is weird? Wait, is it weird? Oh God, I am so weird....

Then you turn around and see young children imitating you, and people taking videos with their smart phones saying "whoa, cool!" to their friends gathering around to watch. It's working. People like dance. Maybe, just maybe, they need it in their lives.

How else do we share what you love to do? Sometimes you have to just put it out there and see what happens.


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