Context Is Everything
So sometimes in the world of dance (and aerials), we say or do things that might, upon reflection, sound (or feel) a little creepy.
Like saying to the New Girl ,”OMG, you have such amazing feet!”
Or sticking dowels down the back of everyone’s shirt. (You guys! This is the best for helping people feel vertical alignment! Just make sure your dowels are, like, sanded smooth and treated with a little linseed oil first.)
Or poking people in the butt to tell them which muscles to engage (I haven’t tried this one yet; I’m only a wee apprentice, after all!).
Or talking about Steve’s recurring problem with dead birds, or how great Mary is at lame ducks.
Or waxing on and on about everyone’s feet. And legs. And necks. And then trading horror stories about foot injuries.
At the end of the day, though, these are the things that bring us together and set us apart.
We just need to remember, sometimes, to make it clear that we’re not actually creeping on the New Girl, for example, and to leave a good tip for the poor soul that has to put up with two hours of sweaty dancers trading pointe-shoe blood-blister stories at brunch while eating everything that holds still long enough.
And, of course, to save the poking for the studio. We don’t want to completely scandalise the normals 😉
Posted on 2016/03/27, in balllet, teaching and tagged sometimes I only realize hours later that I said something that might sound hella creepy. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.