Yesterday, I traded my usual hour of Netflix for feminist slam poetry on YouTube. Today, I traded that hour for dance.
Dance is part of my identity. I’ve been in dance class for as long as I can remember, and I’ve probably been dancing for even longer. I’ve posted before about choreography, and how it has opened up a whole new dimension of dance for me (I choreographed my sorority’s Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis routine for the lip synching competition, and my team actually placed second for the first time ever!) but what I’ve never choreographed is a dance for myself.
Many people by now have watched the music video for “Chandelier” by Sia, because Maddie Ziegler dances an incredible solo in it. Nothing about the solo is particularly difficult or groundbreaking- but the emotion and meaning behind the modern movements is what strikes a chord with people. Chandelier is actually a song about alcoholism, and to have a young dancer portray the emotions behind the lyrics was an interesting and controversial choice. It’s inspiring to watch someone so young be able to show the range and depth of emotion in this video.
People forget that dancers are also actors.
As part of my individual creative project, I hope to be able to portray the amount of emotion that powerful dancers and actors can. It’s a challenge for me, since I tend to keep things inside, but it’s something I want to work on.