My community engaged dance practice is connected to the sound principle that each person has a creative capability to express in and through the arts some of our deepest and most profound human experiences. Much can be reflected upon and observed through the arts. Dance is an art with a mechanism built and wired for community- in particular for celebration! There are so many experiences in life and community where dancing is the best way we can celebrate. Think of weddings, graduations, high school parties, and DJs representing this heartbeat and irresistible rhythm. My job as community artist is to empower and engage individuals to remove barriers to dance. Participants discover their unique gifts and talents while all of those around that person can benefit. Family and community benefit when vibrancy and understanding comes together in a learning environment founded in a caring and creative way. Groups have the opportunity to learn from one another when the teacher acts also as facilitator and coach. A leader that comes alongside you when you need it and pushes you into new territory when it’s time is essential in community. In working in groups a scaffold of leadership emerges and no one gets left behind. A healthy community creates shared guidelines and does activities that promote connections and builds relationships.
Each person is endowed with strength and skills that can often be changing over a lifetime or through different seasons. Community dance is an opportunity to unpack creative gifts and share the joy of creativity with others. Through simple processes and empowering participants with knowledge and experience, we create something together far greater than the sum of all the parts. .