Every time I get to attend a dance immersion, intensive, convention or whatever you want to call it, I feel truly blessed. To be surrounded by such great teachers and other passionate & dedicated dancers is so inspiring! I mean, check out these gorgeous smiling faces!
I signed up for the Amy Sigil Performance intensive. This meant four mornings of ITS (Improvisation Tribal Style), Amy's signature style, with the lovely ladies above. It was a crash course into ITS with a performance opportunity on Saturday evening. Prior to this intensive, I had some a few workshops with Jo Boring (The Lunachix). It's a funky style that I enjoy and like to pull inspiration from for my own personal dance style every now and again.
I had a blast dancing with Amy and the ITS intensive crew. We performed two numbers on Saturday evening incorporating fast combos and slow combos from the ITS vocabulary. Amy provided some artistic direction but left it up to us to choose which combos we used in performance to stay true to the improvisation of the style. I'll definitely be on the look-out for more ITS workshops/classes in my area.
I also had the pleasure to dance with one of my biggest inspirations, Zoe Jakes (pictured above). I took two afternoon classes with her over the intensive. Each time she started with a warm-up and finished with a cool-down. Both classes incorporated a small section of choreography, one inspired by classical Odissi dance. Loved it and she kicked my butt/brain with the layering combinations!
Another highlight of the intensive was taking lecture classes with teachers like Ariellah (pictured above) and Sharon Kihara. Ariellah's lecture was about delving deeper into your performance and gave examples of her own work where she tried to tell a story through movement. Sharon offered her fascinating study of Trance movement and meditation. Both offered videos and examples of the subjects and allowed for discussion. Gotta say it's really cool meeting your heroes and diving into the meaning behind movement. <3
The show was entitled Fission: An Exploration of Movement. It showcased the Mega Massive Performance Intensive dancers with choreography by teachers Heather Stants, Jill Parker and the improvisation pieces that Amy Sigil directed. It was lovely to see the differences in the three teachers' styles. Unfortunately, only the professional photographer and videographer were able to film the show, so no pictures just yet! I do have to mention though, that now I have performed on the same stage that Frank Sinatra sang on, which is a pretty cool accomplishment!
I'll wrap it up there, but once again it was an amazing experience and I am hoping to return annually. Perhaps a solo is in the mix for next time? As my life coach says, "You are ready, now." So go out there and make your dreams and blessings a reality to keep on growing!
<3 Love and Light <3
- Jenn Rose