balance / imbalance

balance / imbalance

 

As dancers, we push ourselves to extremes. Finding a complementary movement form – such as Yoga or Pilates – helps a dancer check in, find where we are – physically and in our life.

Darcy McMurray

 

Darcy

As dancers, we push ourselves to extremes. Finding a complementary movement form such as Yoga or Pilates helps a dancer check in, find where we are – physically and in our life.

Integrating such a practice inevitably makes a stronger foundation for work with such high physical demands. These basic and controlled movement practices will keep you healthy as a dancer.

Jennifer

What do you think about dancers who use Yoga as their sole basis? I ask because Yoga brings you to a place of balance – what does that state have to do with the push to expression that is essentially an imbalance?

Darcy

I’d liken practicing yoga to practicing scales on a piano – it is good way for a dancer to keep the body moving. Beyond the physical in yoga there’s a whole additional meditative aspect. Physically, it’s a simple way to stay healthy. It can allow you to move more liberally and freely. But a good yoga practice alone is not going to make you a good dancer – just as scales alone won’t make you a good pianist.

Jennifer

I think we need to study everything we can. That every movement form gives us a new understanding of what our body can do. Do you think yoga helps a dancer understand why they are dancing?

Darcy

I feel most dancers have understood why they are dancing long before they’ver ever touched yoga. I think yoga can keep a dancer moving – which is different than knowing why one dances.

Jennifer

(I’m making a pretty big assumption about when a dancer would run into yoga–that is probably a generational thing.) When and how a dancer finds out why they are dancing is of interest to me. I think dancers find out this when they get injured.

Darcy

I’d been dancing because that is “what I did” – and then I got injured and chose to go back because I loved it.

Jennifer

A complementary practice assumes the dancer has the time and money to take another class.

Darcy

CADA (Canadian Association of Dance Artists) comes in there – offering that $5 off class or 50% off class.

I think it can be compared to an Olympic or elite level athlete – a parallel practice needs to be integrated into their routine as opposed to just a performance or a rehearsal. A dancer needs both practice and rehearsal.

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