Today begins one of my favorite weekends in the year: the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival. It's a grassroots festival that was started in 2009 by Jordan Fuchs and Sarah Gamblin, both professors at Texas Woman's University. Throughout the weekend, there are a number of improvisation based classes, many focusing in Contact Improvisation (CI). In case you didn't know, I am a HUGE fan of CI. It's the kind of dancing when I feel basically like a superhero. I can fly. I can fall and recover easily. I can spin and find myself upside down. In short, it's thrilling. A few weekes ago, I was reflecting on why I love CI so much, and why I am so inspired to share it with other people, especially people that do not label themselves as "dancers." I came up with a short list of life lessons that I gained from practicing Contact Improvisation. See if any of them inspire you to get moving...
- Trust someone else. But, don’t worry if they don’t have your back, you can catch yourself.
- Falling is a skill. You can learn how to do it and not hurt yourself. (Hello….metaphor?)
- Sometimes you should move first. Think later.
- Follow where the momentum is going and see where it takes you.
Go take a Contact Improvisation class. It might change your life.
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