Out of the Comfort Zone

Breaking Ground did it again. I go in with a general concept for a piece in mind, and I come back with something completely different. Not to say this is a bad thing; on the contrary, I love how this workshop enables me to expand my horizons and really analyze who I am as a dancer and choreographer. It allows me to explore different aspects of my creativity, and I must say I am just as pleased with my choreography this year as I was last year.

This is the first time I have ever tried to choreograph on a group of people by myself, which is an intimidating task. I wanted to create something that is not only enjoyable for the audience, but is fun for the dancers as well (from my own experience, fun pieces are often my favorite, so I assume other dances like them too). This year I am expressing my goofy, child-like side through the choreography, where in the past I tended to lean more toward serious, deeply emotional pieces. So although I have stepped out of my comfort zone this year, I am glad I did because it is causing me to grow as an artist, which can’t be a bad thing 🙂

Amanda Cothrel


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