Hi to everyone who is interested in reading about my dance journey,
Here in this blog Im going to share my experiences, thoughts and reflections around dance and dance in different contexts. As many of you maybe already know, Im studying a Bachelor in Contemporary Dance in Leeds, England. Though actually I am currently in my second school week in the Netherlands as part of my exchange term abroad.
So, what is it like might you wonder, whats it like to go abroad and continue on studying dance in a pre-professional environment? Before last year when I started at "Northern School of Contemporary Dance" I also was eager to know. Though I already had a taste of it some years before during two weeks dancing and living in New York at Broadway Dance Center.
First, I can tell you that there is a major difference in going on a dance intensive trip than to actually be living in a different country studying. It is not a temporary thing any more, it is not just enjoyment and then a quick travel back to reality. The place where you at is your reality. When this reflection hits you, that is when you truly realise that you are abroad. It is not that it isnt a different environment or that you speak a different language (if you dont find any Scandinavian people to chat with of course); it is better explained as that you "create a life". A life which you have created back home too, but this time in a different context, with different people, habits and goals. You dont really have any strings to "the world you grew up in", and this forces you to learn a lot about yourself. How you structure your life; what food you decide to buy, how you socialise and what you learn to prioritize. You will also notice that there is plenty of ways to go about this, and every solution is a good one if it makes you happy and allow you to function to your highest potential.
You might wonder why I am not speaking about all the dance training and everything artsy I do every day countless of hours in school. That is because, when you start a real academic bachelor study at University level, you have already had a lot of dance refinement, fitness and dance experience. For me all the sweat and hours at Zwing it as a kid and further on studies at Lunds Dans- och Musikal. The real difference is here how you approach your training. Knowledge of how everything works the best for you; for example, how you prepare before a class, how you decide to view the material of the 90 min to come and how you find new inspiration. Knowledge in that maybe today in ballet you decide to look at the class as a gentle warming up of the joints and muscles, maybe because you of some reason didnt get enough of sleep last night. Or you see the potential quality or specific phrasing of a creative task to remember distinctively for the future. This does in no way mean that you have less energy or focus in class, it simply means that you have a deeper understanding and intention with what you want to achieve, rather than maybe just physical achievements (like kicking your leg to the sky, even though that always could be nice hehe).
Moving abroad and meeting a lot of new people with another culture and another way of being brought up; with different habits and ways of being. This makes it easier for you to customdesign the way for you and yourself, new things to learn from others or a bigger appreciation of what you have learned before. It all adds up to how you can enhance and "water" your own vision. Your vision of yourself and your artistic views and appreciations.
Im on my way to finding a personal ownership of my artistic intentions.
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