CHOREOGRAPHY….lock or key?

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During the last three sessions we have begun to explore choreography. How do you construct your very own? ……Ah! Choreography!…… not my favorite subject – for me it detracts from the essence of dance, I much prefer improvisation – an unrehearsed, visceral response to a feeling, a moment, the impetus of spirit opening the soul to speak. It seems so counterintuitive to students who are often in a hurry to fly! and be free!  But therein lies the diachotomy between freedom and that little thorn – training!   Although it often seems counterintuitive to students, they can benefit from the apparent confinment of choreography.  Especially if it is a carefully crafted choreography that trains the genre at their level… first they are guided to construct their sky and earth (technique) through which their dance (soul) will be set free to roam.   These words from the indomitable Martha Graham sum it up beautifully:

“Simplicity and spontaneity are only arrived at through years of training”.

I would also share with you this most beautiful quote from Charles Sanders Peirce:

‘Enter your skiff of Musement, push off the
lake of thought, and leave the breath of
heaven to swell your sail. With your eyes
open, awake to what is about or within you,
and open conversation with yourself.’

the dichotomy of Egyptian dance....Rooted to fly

the dichotomy of Egyptian dance….Rooted to fly

About juliet

Juliet Le Page has trained in many dance forms including Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz, and Flamenco and Middle Eastern Dance. She was one of the earliest exponents of Belly Dance in Melbourne and her first performance was in 1980. She soon became disenchanted with Belly Dance and stopped to pursue other opportunities in the arts, including script re-writes, directing, production as well as performance in theatre, TV and film. In 1995 Juliet was introduced to the work of Hilal and has since traveled the world in pursuit of excellence in the art of teaching and performing Egyptian Dance. Her dedication and discipline was rewarded in 2000 when she was invited to become an Applicant for teacher training by the Hilal Art Foundation. Juliet was awarded her full licence in 2004. She continues to hone her skills under the auspice of Marie Al Fajr. She has lectured in universities and to arts groups and has also been interviewed on National radio and for documentaries. She has performed for Arabic festivals, television and in theaters at the invitation of arts bodies. In July 2003, Juliet was invited by The Consul General of Egypt to perform at the official function celebrating Egyptian National Day. She has been interviewed and has performed on the Egyptian Show on community television. She has completed studies in psychology, anatomy and physiology and is a qualified fitness instructor as well as a licenced practitioner of the GYROKINESIS Method*. Her research and knowledge on functional alignment and physical form relative to Egyptian dance is an important and distinctive component of her teaching. In her purpose built studio she also offers Pilates/Yoga Core Work, and Holistic Stretch classes incorporating PNF method. Juliet has been invited to sit as a panel examiner for professional dance and performance arts academies including the Australian Ballet School - (Spanish Dance 2001-2009). She also has professional experience in theater, film and television in various areas of production, acting and dance. Juliet is also affiliated with Tanz Raum, an international platform where similarly trained and accredited artists share knowledge, experience and resource to inspire excellence in the teaching and performance of Egyptian Dance. She has also taught at the international workshops organised by them. Tanzraum recognizes dedication and integrity and also produces high quality C.D's of traditional Egyptian music**. Juliets passion for her chosen genre is evident in her teaching and performance. Her objective is to bring to students an awareness of the intricate and rich cultural heritage of Egypt through the beauty and benefits of the dance art form. Please visit the website for more information * GYROKINESIS is a registered trademark of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and is used with their permission. ** See the Music section for CD & DVD sales. Back to Home.

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