Practicing turns with K & 1st graders. I told that one kid to spot, he didn’t. Landed on his hip bone, & cried for the rest of the 30 minute session I had with them. He served as a good warning for the safety talk we have before we start. I hope he’s okay though. He was fine before that.
I still feel personally responsible for certain children. I hope I have done a good job of trying to drop my favoritism at the door though. It wouldn’t be fair to the other kids. I just hope they do well while Im there & if not, we know how the system works.
They do like to tattle. A lot. Its kind of an issue and now I know why Miss M tells them not to.
A few kids had necklaces & toys in their hand etc. I will let them keep it if it doesn’t distract them from class.
Also, it would be helpful if gave them an order. When I count them I have to give them their order because “being first” is causing issues.
There is a list of about 3 people who want to do stereo now. I remember 2 of them. That 3rd person is going to be a very real issue.
Miss D’s Class
This was the best class we’ve ever had all together. I had to reward everyone as a class. Everyone had a great attitude and they were attentive.
I kind of let the handshake thing die. I dont think they understood its application. Lol. You live and learn. We’ll glaze over it next class.
We warmed up, went across the floor & then we made the across the floor harder. They want to to do it backward. They dont know how to walk backwards. Maybe we can work on that in class next time with the isolations. We did head & shoulders. Maybe isolate something else besides rib, head & shoulders. Its getting a bit redundant.
One of the their favorite songs is the Adelle Bounce Remix.
Miss L’s Class
Everyone wants to help with the stereo. The kid who helped last time wasn’t there today.
One of their favorite songs is the 6 ft 7 ft instrumental.
The isolations went well for them. Had to explain to the boys that isolations are not just girly things. 2 of the boys who usually act like hams during across the floors were gone. That was helpful.
Great focus. They were dividing and doing math as fast as I was. I really appreciated that. Especially one girl the instructor said wasn’t even good at math. She divided the class successfully faster than I did.
Their whole class did a great job.
The boy in the hat suggested that we play a game after we dance. They like the “We’re the kids from Mars” game. Maybe next time we can have a few game options.
Working in an enclosed space is so helpful.
Started with a warm up. Then across the floors. Then the game.
Miss B’s Class
Want to do a holiday showcase. Bring in a CD of songs we can choose from. One person suggested stereo-hearts. If we made it a non-holiday themed dance thing we would have more time to costume it, choreograph it and rehearse it.
My supervisor loves this idea & she approves.
They said they like me more than the other dance teacher. Who is still having them spell their names with their bodies. Which is the same thing they did on the first day. They dont like wiggling around. For some classes they like to wiggle. Like the Kindergarteners, 1st or 2nd graders. After that, its more about jumping and running.
They like when I show them or tell them things that happen in real dance classes. And treat them like real dance students.
They also had a great class. I was missing a few people. Also people who like to act like thugs in the back of the room when I teach. The people who were there this time didn’t like to do that.
Separate the boys before you start warm up.
**In other news, another program that is just starting is asking me to choreograph for high schoolers. I will email her back today and let her know that I will be in touch with her as I solidify my schedule this week.
[Alvin Ailey 21st Century Ailey Review | April 16th, 2011]
Note: Dated review of an Ailey show I went to see.
This passed weekend, my women of color group afforded about 30 students from my women’s college the opportunity to see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. After having choreographed, my only piece for my junior year and seen my dance on other bodies, my awareness to composition, form and relationship to music became very acute. Each year, my experience with Ailey has been seeing new work and ending with the same moving repertoire suite Revelations. I take the time to articulate my sentiments, questions and notes and remember these things as I embark on my studies in dance for my senior year.
With the absence of Ailey dancer, Linda Celeste Sims, Aisha Mitchell took the leading female role in the all female midsection of Anointed, Sally Forth. This group work struck me because of its position in the story line and the quality and character of the soloist. I constantly ask myself what is the difference between student pieces and professional pieces?
One thing I noticed is the simplicity in formation. Consistently tell story from diagonal lines \ \ \ to staggered lines and a circle again. it doesn’t have to be complicated.
The full bodied nature of the energy traveling from fingertips, down the arms, pouring down to the chest. In the storyline of the 3 pieces, this group work occurs after the duet has split and the woman is left by herself. Usually, we see women dance sorrow.
We saw the lead female role, rather, dance power and leadership beyond sexuality. It was not a sensual dance beckoning the man to return. This dance took hold of the energy in the space and guided it with her body, beat it for herself, worked it with her hands and head. The single shake of a head read so powerfully on stage. Such attitude and conviction. The curling of the fingers communicated a deeper level of engagement. The proud presentation of the chest. The nuance of a walk. What does the dance call for to walk across the space—a proud presentation of the chest, dragging of the feet or a leap? Each decision made kept a new developing character.
In the duet, she was vulnerable and carried a lightness throughout each moment. How light can the quality be? Each phrase expanded on a lighter and lighter quality.
The second evoked so much power and was so aware of weight. This is where the interest is kept for the audience, and where the work of the choreographer lays. Not in creating new material and stringing together tricks, but telling a story and convincingly changing the atmosphere.
I also asked, What can we do that has not been done before? Back out? Full 1 man extensions, quick changes during dance (ie in the wings). New concepts to be worked with for our student productions include all Black casts, quick changes, large stunts, 1 man stunts, backs out, tumbling, breaking. etc.
[Are You Allowed to Paint & Sell Someones Copywritten Picture? | 11.22.11]
Two of my favorite youtubers—Apples&Mustard & 0ndeck are both loc’ed up young women in the arts. Both of these daring young ladies make striking images of faces & have found ways to parlay their immense talents into a lifestyle. For profit. In a recent video of Apple&Mustard’s, “Dreads & Paint & Cards" she says
I do have the Cam Newton ones [business cards]. Somebody brought up the fact that this [image] might be copywritten. Because I got the picture—the picture is not mine but I painted it. So, its debateable or not whether this is a copy written image. Whatever, if it is I just wont pass these ones [business cards with his image derivative] out.
Good news is, the article comes from a CBS article from April of this year about this cat being grilled about something or other… I skimmed it clearly…
[Newtons shining face from the CBS article]
[Ms. Mustards glorious derivative. *deep sigh* Good gawd that guhl is talented.]
The image is not copywritten. Its fehn. Didn’t see a copy-written symbol or small print anywhere.
The subject himself would have to not allow her to use that photo. The image is also altered & she if Apples & Mustard wanted she could copy write it. According to the foggy outline of the “Copyright Registration for Derivative Works" which include examples for drawings & paintings.
Because of the color change, how the image is in a few simple colors, and the tightness of the frame. The Carolina Panthers QB would have to come at her hisself & ask her not to use his image because he is not getting paid for it & she may be receiving business from her talents (yet using his face).
Now to 0ndeck, who also does awesome fast paced Youtube vids of paintings. Like this one entitled “Warpaint"—depicting a little boy with cracked white paint covering his face & striped over his chest. In her video it ended looking like this…
She may’ve painted the exact same image as the photo. But, Im pretty sure its only a problem when you make one for profit. & she didn’t make exactly a carbon copy of what he did & try to sell it. This is a copywritten image from artist Mario Gerth. He describes it on his flickr as
A little Karo boy just after a ceremony / Omo Valley source
Like the intelligent young woman she is, she made that piece an original so she could profit from it & not regurgitate someones work. Thats money in the bank you can be proud of. & keep. Find more of her art in her portfolio for browsing and sale.
Moral of the story—
If its not yours dont take it & charge. Dont do that.
If you’re going to be inspired by someone else’s work then be inspired by it. There are a lot of “suits” out there who would like to be selfish & censor everything & never keep anything good from being regenerated & reborn. Refresh art & reinterpret it. These are two examples of how two awesome artists did that. Do that.
[A List of Things You Want to Accomplish | 11.16.11]
Create a workthat I am proud of. A work that I feel, with this thesis, can apply to so many schools of thought. To have an actual forum about it. To create its music and its temperament & put something dynamic in ACDF & on stage.
Reaffirm different bodies in danceNo one ever did this for me. Everyone likes a curvy woman but what about a curvy dancer?
I always felt either too small for society or too big for stage. I would like to start a group or join a program or just speak with young women about being fit & healthy & staying in movement classes. If that makes you small—so be it. If it doesn’t—you are still a beautiful mover. Stories like what happened to me at Fagan & similar ones like DATDANCINCHIC getting rejected for things
Graduatewith some sort of dignity. Im sure I will. I will.
Have a post-grad planthat is paid. Outside of my house & directly in line or leading to my interests. I’ve worked too hard to turn back. I need to live my life. Take that next step. DC. Internship. Gradschool. Pick one. Pick ‘em all. Plan for this coming soon especially.
I think its important for all of us to make a list of what we would like to accomplish in this life and look back on it and be like I have no regrets. I’m gonna make a list and post it later on. What’s on your list?