Third Rehearsal

Posted: February 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Happy Monday, Colby!

So today Ellie and I began our rehearsal once again with some stretching and warm-up exercises. I find that a thorough pre-practice routine helps with two main components of our dancing: loosening up the muscles and joints and waking up the body for early-morning activity (well, early by my sleepy standards). Without these key ingredients, I suppose I would never recover from my groggy roll-out-of-bed feel.

Before we even looked at the video of Float, we did a slow run-through of everything we’ve learned up until now. Although it was rocky in some places, we remembered all the general movements. Next, we watched the video straight through, or at least the first half of it (we have yet to receive the full version from Julian, but I’m sure we’ll have it shortly!). This was particularly helpful for me since I could examine the movements I had just practiced–focusing on those that were most troublesome (e.g. the lift). Viewing the video without pausing also helps with solidifying my sense of timing with the music. Although Ellie and I have to rehearse the movements much more before we can perfect the timing, it’s good to keep the musical cues in the back of our heads.

We spent the majority of the remaining time practicing the piece with the music playing in the background. Again, matching up exactly with the music was not our number one priority (nor did we achieve it, most of the time), though we seem to be slowly but surely progressing toward that. Whenever the timing was off between the two of us on a particular phrase, we would stop the music and work together to match our movements and the time we spent in any one position. After a brief massage session, which definitely helped loosen up the shoulders for the flinging and sweeping movements, we ran through the entire piece a number of times. I can definitely sense the muscle memories beginning to form.

Overall, things are looking great. We seem to be learning Float relatively quickly, considering the circumstances (watching a YouTube video, little contact with the choreographer, etc.). The plan is to Skype with Julian Thursday, which will be very helpful since we can show him our work and hopefully get access to the rest of the piece.

Till next time!


  1. loganellie says:

    Our last practice was successful in that we are starting to sync more with each other’s movements. It has been difficult for me to learn that we need to move in tandem- in order for the piece to flow most effectively, Logan and I must be gears that rotate together at the same speed whether the clogs are actually in contact or not. While at first I wanted use solely the music to coordinate our movements I have come to realize that our connection cannot just be through music. We also need to be in sync in our intentions and emotions.

    Dance is like acting in the way that when we dance, we must enter into a different psychological and spiritual state that is a combination of our own intentions and motivations as well as those of the choreographer. I think one of the next steps Logan and I need to take is to truly explore our interpretations of the piece and discover our intentions in it. What are we acting out? Who are we? What/who are we acting for? In order for us to physically devote ourselves the the piece, we must also find a way to emotionally invest ourselves without socially or self constructed borders.


  2. Indeed, Logan, noting how to most efficiently warm yourself up for dancing is an important practice. As you begin to know the piece on a deeper level, you may be able to develop specific practices that target particular physical ideas that will prepare for this piece specifically. On another note, I think it will help (particularly with the lifts and with the “flung” movement) to share some of the shoulder girdle work we’ve been doing in modern with Ellie. You can borrow my mini skeleton. Nice gears & clogs image, Ellie.

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