Ross Daniel Dance Blog
Writing my last blog post for my adventures in Paris is bitter sweet. I am going to miss the life of a Parisian but I am excited to be back in America. The past month has been a whirlwind of language barriers, art, food, and most of all… dance. I have learned so much about myself, and the mechanisms I use to cope with new experiences and my practice as a dancer in classes and in artistic endeavors. Even the moments I feel most hopeless I have learned to give myself agency over the situations.
In my professional mind, seeing the dance culture in Paris empowered me and sometimes deflated my spirits. “This ‘making art thing’ is going to be hard,” not just in Paris, but all over the world. Paris has taught me the joy of taking classes in a professional setting; to keep you body moving and conditioned to handle the work load of auditioning. It also taught me how few dance jobs there are in the world. I have to want it more than anything and even then it could blow up in my face, all a dancer can do it keep moving and make their opportunities happen! I am learning so much about my body and my abilities, but keeping my skills sharp in determination and positive thought is going to be just as important if not more important than keeping the physical self prepared.
I have seen dance shows choreographed by choreographers from around the world, and it has amazed me how they can cultivate art and audiences in the world. It puts my mind on an artistic high for I am now given the task forwarding the dance field with my own variations on ideas that we all share in this world of constant shifts. We live in a world that is quaked and cracked with hate, love, and excitement so it’s only natural to make art that is cultivated in this interesting fertilizer. It is my job to go further to push the “me” more and feel my mind expanding daily with the expansion of our humanity.
One thing that I learned with going to the museums of Paris and seeing the dance performances is that “ART IS NEVER GOING OUT OF STYLE.” No matter the funding we the artists will make art happen on which every medium we can, it’s our primal instincts, it’s our purpose.
Au Revoir Paris, you have taught me well, but it’s time to take this excitement home!