Having a Goal
I became a passionate community dancer after I retired from full time employment and joined the Roundhouse Ageless Dancers. I thoroughly enjoyed the improvised group dancing. With some trepidation, had my first experience performing at the annual Link Community Dance Showcase. After that first experience, I was "hooked" on performance.
What is it that attracts me to the performance experience? I am fascinated by and enjoy being involved in the process of creating choreography and watching the dance unfold. Each choreographer does this a little differently. With Desirée, I appreciate how she is able to involve us in creating the choreography. We may start with a guided improvisation either individually or small group, then move to combining this with others or the whole group in sequence, unison or other creative way.
I like having a goal, the performance, to work towards. I also enjoy the process of refining our steps, movements, expression and spatial groupings to create a satisfying experience for an audience. Last week's rehearsal, was my first experience working dramaturg, Ruth McIntosh. I was thrilled to see how her questions and comments helped to clarify our intentions and therefore how we communicated through our dance.
Last, but not least, I enjoy working with others as part of a team toward a common goal. Desiree has created an ideal environment for this and has integrated the professional and community dancers and musicians in a very effective manner. In a short time, we have developed a sense of camaraderie which I will always cherish.
I am looking forward to the inevitable excitement and adrenaline rush that I experience with performance. After the performances are over, I know I will experience a sense of loss and will miss working with all the dancers and musicians. Thank-you to Desirée and all dancers and musicians for creating such a positive and enriching life experience.
- GLENNA WONG, COMMUNITY DANCER, NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Photo: David Cooper | Dancers: Glenna Wong & Kerstin Luettich