(WORD UP BLOG AUDIENCE, this is a blog a posted on my personal blog which I thought I'd share here as well... READ ME. P.S. I love my BLD ladies and I love YOU. XOXO, Claire)
I think there is something to be said for the university trained and graduated dancers, those young things trying to make a name all by their lonesome, out in the great big world. Though I personally spent such a short time away from dance academia (I only spent a year between my undergraduate and graduate schooling), I felt as if I had a taste of freedom in a dance world sans school. No homework, grades, and other anxieties and pressures of day-to-day schooling. Ah, sweet-sweet freedom. On the other hand, when one isn’t in school, one doesn’t have daily mentorship or any other substantial support system to help them grow or to push them forward. I think of my time spent away from my alma mater, remembering that overwhelming sense of panic that crept softly any time it felt I had been relaxed too long. I have this image in my mind of a smart, supple being, loaded up with information and a lust for freedom and creative, stepping outside the doors into the freedom of their future, only to be wound down to the windblown and waiflike orphan, begging of the dance lords to give them back their life, “Please sir, I want some more.” It’s a hard step to take, that tossing of the cap and the acceptance of the diploma. Once the graduated dancer steps away from the support of their educational roots and instructional backbone, all they have left is what they take with them and what they end up doing with it.
It has been my pleasure to log many hours these last three years helping to build up, choreograph for, and perform with a dance company named Body Logic. The other contributors/dancers/choreographers to Body Logic are all university-graduated dancers, each bringing to the mix their own educated and personalized yearnings and itchings to build, create, and move. We established this company as a way to continue learning outside of the school setting, as well as give us available dancers and rehearsal time to work on personal choreography and dance films. It is said that it takes a great deal of blood, sweat, and tears to pull a dance company together. I would wholeheartedly agree, and then offer whatever else I could. This company has a very palpable energy, and a joie de vivre that helps keeps the creative juices flowing. Despite the setbacks and the long way we have to go to really make something of ourselves, I’ll say it now, and I’ll say it again: It has been an honor to work with Body Logic.