Recently, during a class change over, I was watching Jennifer, our release teacher, warm up and Tiia, our second year cunningham teacher, help current second year students.
Both are excellent dancers, with masses of experience in their bodies and I admire the skills they both possess. Yet their approach to dance, and movement, is very different, neither of which is better or worse, its just what works for them.
Watching them made me think. I realised a great thing about dance is the amount of possibilities. There are so many different ways to move, gather information and know your body. As a student its really important not to get caught up in what you find difficult but use your time training to think about what you enjoy, and works in your body, then explore this.
Yesterday Emma Gladstone came to talk to us about her career's evolution from dancer to the current producer at Sadler's Wells. A key point for me was when she talked about the importance, as a dancer, of finding a company that you feel connected to and enjoy the work of. She said her time with Lea Anderson felt 'like coming home'. I hope to achieve this feeling in my career. I can't imagine anything more satisfying.
But I guess I shouldn't worry too much, another advantage of dance is that if you can't find what you are looking for you can always make it.