It is very common for students to meet a particular expectation by externally ‘painting on’ a shape or being taught to ‘perform’, rather than to seek a deeper experience with their bodies, and by extension their movement expression.
Dance movement, indeed any authentic, systemic movement must first be seeded from deep within you. Often, in the beginning, the seed is so small as to be indiscernible except to the most trained eye. It is the role of the seasoned teacher to determine which is occurring from the very inception – a forced external expression, or the true genisis of the movement – the student becoming aware of this important distinction provides the opportunity to develop both the deep ‘unconcious internal knowing’ (yin) and the ‘conscious external structure’ (Yang). Every ancient civilisation holds these principles – Ancient Egypt is no exception. The body/mind/spirit is inextricably intertwined and we need a fine balance to bring freedom and beauty to movement. Juliet Le Page December 2016
‘the fruit tree yielding fruit whose seed is inside itself’’ Sufi saying
A few testimonials from students:
…………”Thank you Juliet, once again for bringing the gift of Egyptian dance into my life, and with it all the wonderous shifts in my awareness and my energy flow. Every class is a feast I look forward to experiencing…. Learning dance from you has been a revelation. I have always loved to dance. Movement and music always excites me, but you have awoken me to so much more. The connection of dance to my spirit and soul. I can’t thank you enough for that”. D.H
“Juliet has transformed my life and way of thinking, in mind, body and spirit. An amazing talent, so knowledgeable on all levels, uniquely special and has saved me from myself and old ways with respect to poor posture and poor exercise regimes after many injuries in the gym with instructors who have little training and little care. Juliet has helped me overcome old injuries and is completely passionate and graceful in her instructions. In Juliet’s gorgeous studio she has the ability to transcend time and take you to a beautiful place and you leave feeling reborn! Thank you Juliet. A truly beautiful lady! NTD x”
Link to more testimonials on the EED website http://www.eed.com.au/page/dance/testimonials/index.html
Please also follow this link to another blog post ‘The Javelin Principle’ which may be of interest to more experienced students.