As some of you may
know, the “Co” in “Calamity Co Dance” stands not for
company, but for “Collaboration.” Or it might stand for “Collective,” depending
on whom we’re trying to impress.
And if you’ve ever
been to or in one of our shows, you know that we aren’t even kidding around.
For example, whenever I organize an improv piece, I try to get the dancers to
share their ideas. They’re freakin’ brilliant artists and if they’re willing to
tell me what’s on their mind, lord knows I’m going to use it so we have a
outside my usual discipline is my fave. When you’re suddenly working with a
band or a visual artist that has never been in the dance world, suddenly you’re
opened up to possibilities you wouldn’t have considered. For example, we can
make pieces where the end of the piece is variable, like when we’ve worked with
Scott Danek. Or, the band might give tasks to the audience, like when Rose and
The Colors Run made their epic audience-interactive piece. Or you end up
getting every person to create a drawing to share, like when we worked with
Shannon Reynolds (and you can see those pictures here in a post from a few
is obviously great. As an extension of that, I’m also a really huge proponent
of collaborating with …
your own damn self.
I DO A LOT OF STUFF
You might know that
in addition to being a dancer and choreographer and weirdo event organizer, I’m
also a high school math teacher and music-maker. I swear to god that it’s not
that I’m running around haphazardly doing these things poorly (I mean, I’m
admittedly not the greatest drummer that’s ever been in One Happy Island), it’s
that when I get into something, I get INTO IT.
that I bring up my obsessive and unable-to-chill-out personality is that each
interest/passion/job/etc has helped me to get better at each other thing that I
do. So I’m planning to write a little series of posts about I’ve collaborated
with my own self. I’m calling it: “How ____ makes me a better ____.”
DANCING AND TEACHING
Today, I want to
talk about how DANCING makes me a better TEACHER. Dance is the thing I’ve done
the longest, and teaching is currently the thing I do the most. Of course, dancing
taught me about hard work, and got me to count to 8 a lot, and forced me to
interact with people, all of which came in handy in my first 4 years of being a
math teacher. But what I’d like to talk about here is what I have learned about
the way (good and respectful) dance teachers treat their dance students.
If you ever have the good fortune of finding yourself in the small, scenic port side town of Wiscasset, Maine, I strongly emphasize the importance of a pitstop at Rock Paper Scissors. It's a cozy paper wonderland filled with all the things you've ever wanted for your home/office/home office, in all the colors of the wind. And you may just make a new friend while you're there.
Do not let any ferocious beasts deter you in your paper quest.
This past Friday found me traveling from Maine back to Somerville with our friends, Luminarium Dance. Because we got a flat tire halfway home and Meghan surprised me with a secret visit from my long-distance boyfriend (woo!) I cruelly left you without a Friday tune.
I am, at the very least, the worst.
So while you're busy not laboring, here's a belated but heartfelt tune that I hope will soothe your end-of-summer woes. It's called "So It Goes" by local heroes The Grownup Noise.
Enjoy the tune and then catch The Grownup Noise bopping around the Camberville area whenever you possibly can. I'd like to give you a date, but my internet is being extremely childish right now. Go ahead and give them a follow on Twitter or a like on the Face-B and keep yourself updated!
Enjoy your Monday holiday, folks. Whatever you do, don't labor!