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I experienced what I guess I would call a road block for the first time during my group rehearsal last Sunday. I thought I knew what I wanted before rehearsal, but once rehearsal started, I questioned my decision, which took up time, which meant I ended up not getting as far along as I intended to by the time the 90 minute rehearsal was over. For whatever reason, I was having the hardest time spitting out the choreography toward the end of the rehearsal. I think everything will come together soon though, because my next two group rehearsals are both 2 hours long. All of my dancers are doing such a wonderful job picking up what I give them, and they have had so much to absorb over the past couple of weeks.

I feel like getting the timing of the movement is the biggest challenge for the dancers currently. The piece of music that I selected is a 6/8, and can be a little trance-like and difficult to count. Eventually, the dancers will feel the music, but for now – counting it is still necessary. At least it would be for me, if I were dancing and learning, instead of teaching. There is ambient noise in the background: cars, trucks, motorcycles, engines, horns, brakes. Common, everyday city sounds. Sounds that may be representative of the daily grind. Stimulation similar to what most of us experience as we move through everyday life, perhaps during a commute to and from a mundane job. I incorporated walking patterns into sections of my piece, and the tempo of the music is perfect for speed walking.

Adam Crawley (www.techniquemusique.com) composed the music. Adam is an accompanist for the modern dance classes at Ball State University, and I met him during my first semester of college 11 yrs ago. He grew incredibly as an accompanist just during my 5 years in school, and continues to create innovative and unique sounds. It just so happened that track 6 on his newest album worked perfectly for what I wanted to do. Not that he had the same vision for the track as I do for my choreography – in fact, I’m sure it was different, but that’s part of the beauty of art. No two people interpret anything in exactly the same way. I believe that art becomes more poignant for people if they are allowed to experience it for themselves and attach personal meaning to it.

–KR

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