Not a dancer but love dance!

First things first, I'm the realest.

Just kidding! But first things first, I am NOT a dancer. Sure, I definitely drop it low when I’m in the club, but I am by no means a “dancer”. All that said, I am completely enthralled with the dance world and the unrealistic idea in my head of me being a dancer. I don’t know why, but I have always taken an interest in dance. I see the dance world as this bizarre, wonderful mesh between a business and a passion that is different from the music, acting, and art worlds. There is such a unique tie between the commercialization and artistry of dance that I feel has been both uplifting and tormenting to the dance world in recent years, mainly because of the rise of TV shows and internet sensations centered on dance.

I got really “into” dance as a third party, outside observer when I was kid, when boy bands were the all the rage and Gameboys were today’s iPhone equivalent. I attribute a great deal of my interest in dance to my childhood nanny, Rhea, who instilled in me a great appreciation for any and all creative arts - everything from finger-painting to sculpture to film to dance. Rhea, my sister, and I would spend hours listening to Spice Girls and dance through the day, which was completely normal to me then in my childhood home and now in my NYC apartment. That’s when why interest in dance sparked.

As I have gone through life, my interest in dance has grown with me. Having some gained some friends and family in the dance world along the way, I have always been semi-exposed to dance and feel that I have some sort of background and understanding of spotting good choreography and strong dancers. Does that give me any ammo to be a critic of dance? No. But whenever I watch a music video or see a concert, the first thing I look at is the choreography: what are the dancers doing, are they queued in time with the music, how are the dancers working or not working together? This part of my brain immediately goes into critic mode and I start analyzing everything! It is such an odd action because I am certainly not one to judge a dancer, but I can’t seem to help myself. Also, I love hearing about what my dancer friends and family are working on, who’s classes they are taking, what videos I need to check out, and I feel that they somehow clue me into the dance world and makes me feel part of it. That’s the thing - the dance world is so welcoming and open to everyone, even those like me who are not part of it every day as both my passion and career. Have you ever had something in your life that you loved, but never physically did? Its like when I was a kid, I was OBSESSED with the idea cooking and crafting stuff, aka Martha Stewart was my godsend (also, how did I not know I was gay back then?), yet today the thought of baking or grilling scares me and until about two months ago I would stick a fork in the toaster to pull out my morning bagel… #idiot. But you know what I mean. I have this love for dance that sits and stirs in me everyday even though I never practice is on a serious level. I honor it through solo S Club 7 and Jay Z dance parties in my apartment or through watching videos online, but I know it will never be the same as being a dancer.

 
I have been lucky enough to meet some extremely talented dancers and am always amazed at how passionate they are about their craft. Dancers always seem to be in a very positive frame of mind, but have the gift to portray their true, and sometimes dark, emotions and thoughts through their choreography. The notion of expressing our minds through movement instead of words makes me innately happy. Somehow, the dance world always seems to instill my hope in society that we aren’t all twenty-first century social media and reality TV monsters.

That said, I think the life of a dancer is extremely tough. It is about proving talent and worth on another level that people who work in a cubicle Monday through Friday, nine to five don’t have to show. Everyday, you have to wake up and prove yourself at audition or go work your side job to support your dance – which is something that is completely wonderful to me. Dancers let their passion guide them daily, which is something that I think the rest of us folks can learn from. How can we as a society find more passion in our daily lives to propel us further as human beings – emotionally and intellectually?

 
For me, I dance like a shmuck around my apartment and take a basic ballet class here or there. Sure, I will never be going to Julliard or in a Janet video (um.. where is she? #FreeJanet), but I love dance very much and know it will be part of my life and me as a person for the rest of my life.

If you are reading this and you are a dancer, thank you for being role models for those of us who aren’t and entertaining us everyday through various medias. Most importantly, thank you for proving to the rest of us that you can follow your passion in life and that you don’t have to take the dull road. I have learned from my dancer friends that their life is certainly not easy, but I see how fulfilled they are emotionally when they nail that audition, get that job, or set that piece; there is nothing more wonderful. For those of you reading this who aren’t dancers. I hope you honor your interests, whatever they may be, to the best of your abilities like the dancers of the world do.

Until next time….




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You know you are a dancer when...

  1. You always make getting out of bed a big deal by sliding off the mattress all contemp style (after all the bones in your body crack, of course).
  2. You are injured and pay a visit to the doctor who tells you to stay off dancing for 6 weeks, but we all know that's not happening.
  3. You're walking down the street and spontaneously kick your leg behind you to get that hip to crack.
  4. It's the one day you're not wearing sweats and everyone looks at you like you're Neville Longbottom post-puberty #damn.
  5. Your eyeliner is on point(e) and so are you #flawless.

New Sweats!

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Just in… New sweatpants with pockets! Also in dark grey. These are great for class as they’re thinner than regular sweats, so it won’t feel like Bikram’s Hip Hop. #harbourdance #hdc #sweats

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Check out Harbour's Intensive Training Program!

Here's a video the wonderful Moe Brody made to give a better understanding of what Harbour's Intensive Training Program is!

To further explain, here's a little tid-bit from the website about what ITP is:

HDC’s Intensive Training Programme (ITP) consists of 20 to 25 hours a week in dance, voice, performance and other dance related studies. The directors and participants work closely together and after careful evaluation the directors customize the participants training program and guide them throughout the program.

Acceptance into the program is by audition only. To be eligible for the program, students must be at least 17 years of age and dancing at an intermediate level or higher in jazz and ballet. They must have finished High School.

And finally, here's the link to the website!

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