Musical Bodies

When I dance tango, the best part of the entire experience is the sense that there’s no boundary between the music and the movements. The music is felt, embodied, and expressed through each movement. The movements are inspired, shaped, and danced through the music. One doesn’t make sense without the other; that’s tango.

Murat and Michelle are inspiring teachers and performers because they bring that musicality into each one of their dances. Whatever the setting, they dance together with each other and with the music.

City.Ballet: Behind the scenes at NYCB

Have you guys heard of city.ballet? It’s a twelve-part online documentary series about New York City Ballet, narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker.

via A CUP OF JO: Ballet is tough.

I am obsessed with ballet. It was my very first style of dance, and I will probably never lose that part of me that looked at a pair of pointe shoes with awe and dreamed of being a principal ballerina. Continue reading “City.Ballet: Behind the scenes at NYCB”

Trance Wants To Make It Easy For Great Dancers To Show Off Their Moves

Trance is an app that’s dedicated to dance videos, for dancers to share their work and for dance-lovers to discover them — a pretty awesome idea, if you ask me. Check the TechCrunch post for an interview with the app creators and a preview of the app itself. I heard about Trance a couple months ago, but I just got word that the app will be released in the new few weeks. If you’re interested, you can give them your email to stay in the loop!

Watching Tango

This is a beautiful Argentine tango performance. The performers are former dance partners Pablo Rodriguez and Noelia Hurtado, dancing their final performance together at Milonga la Baldosa in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

They don’t do anything wild or fancy. They stay in a relatively close embrace. Rather than performing self-consciously, you can see that they are enjoying each other and the music. For me, that’s the best of tango. (Not to mention Noelia’s gorgeous walk. I love how she moves her feet.)

If you aren’t a tango dancer, don’t feel bad if this video doesn’t give you chills. Research shows that the brains of dancers and non-dancers respond differently when watching dance:

We’ve shown that the mirror system is finely tuned to an individual’s skills. A professional ballet dancer’s brain will understand a ballet move in a way that a capoiera expert’s brain will not. Our findings suggest that once the brain has learned a skill, it may simulate the skill without even moving, through simple observation.

– Prof. Patrick Haggard, Human See, Human Do

In other words, when I watch that video, I can literally imagine myself in Noelia’s place and respond the way I would if I were dancing in that performance. (And because I enjoy this style of tango, I’m blissed out!) Any human’s brain will undergo a similar mirroring process, but if you already dance Argentine tango you’ll understand the movements in a different way.

Of course, I’d still rather be dancing … 🙂