To use imagery through dance isn’t as simple as it may seem. “To use an image effectively, you first need to clear your mind. You cannot be in a nervous state, your mind filled with a jumble of thoughts, and then pile some images on top of all that. It simply does not work. You must be open and receptive to new possibilities in your body.” However, as human beings, we naturally think about billions of things at once all day, everyday. A solutions to this problem would be to practice clearing your mind and not think about anything for a while, also known as doing constructive rest a few times a week. Practicing constructive rest would make clearing your mind easier and easier and soon you would be able to get into that state of mind at lightning speed. This would help you dance, not only because you would be able to use imagery without piling those thoughts up with what you have to do after class, and everything else in your life, you would feel a lot less tension and stress in your body, making your movement quality much more efficient.
The purpose of constructive rest while practicing it, is to release tension, lower your heart rate, change other physiological conditions of your body, and to experience weight, inner rhythm, and movement in the expirational phase of breathing to promote an economical use of the body. I have found it to be extremely hard to get into this state of mind, but after you do, you become so Continue reading ‘dancers need to rest too’