Ross Daniel Dance Blog
The first week of my Dance in Paris adventures have past and all I can to show for it are sore legs and the pictures below. I can barley express the amount that I have learned from this city and from the leaders of this program. From the Luxembourg Palace to Monet’s Gardens in Giverny I feel like I have seen it all, but in reality I have barely made a dent.
We have taken class at 4 studios since we have been here and each one has been a completely unique experience. From classical ballet, and modern to baroque court dancing, I am learning that a large part of my experiences have to do with understanding the language. I feel confident taking class in a difference language, but it plays a large part on what I am able to catch on to and what I am able to achieve in the class. I am finding that it is easy to follow along with the class but when the instructor’s breaks it down it is hard for me to find the specific action the instructor wants the class to adhere to. I am able to keep up if I tune my eyes and ears, so that I become more observant of the movement being portraying, and also the rest of the class and how they are responding.
The ability to take class with instructors that speak only French or both English to French is a steep learning curve, but has become a phenomenal movement experience, forcing me to open up more senses allowing me to dance fully and unlock the entire experience within the class… minus understanding the language part. The best part of this whole experience is that it is pushing me to learn the language, as I have hijacked Loren Davidson’s French phrases book, and learning new ways of communicating each day while growing small amounts of confidence every time I order a “café allonge…. Mercie!”
All in all I will start to update my blog every night so that I can stay current on the places I visit and the classes I take. List below will be a list of the places I have seen and picture I have taken in this first week: