- “Sin Cera” (0) October 19, 2013
Below is a link to a blog post I recently read, by a group of film makers we sincerely admire, and while it is about film making, it actually applies to any art that takes time and discipline to perfect. Check them out, and watch a few of their films to. (The Watchmaker’s Son is our favorite!)
- In All Things (0) October 18, 2013
- Morning Exhortation : October 17, 2013 (0) October 17, 2013 Empty yourself of worry, anxiety, fear, disappointment, and discouragement. Cast away all things until only faith, hope, love and joy remains.
- Diversity (0) October 16, 2013
One of my favorite things about going to Praise Dance Concerts is the diversity of ministerial gifts that all converge to bring honor and glory to God. It continuously fascinates me when I experience how infinitely creative God made His people. There are no two, whose choreography or execution thereof the same. Everyone brings something different to the table, and it is those differences that makes Praise Dance ministries so wonderfully awesome.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7, KJV
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
- Morning Exhortation : October 15, 2013 (0) October 15, 2013 May the Son always shine in and upon you.
- Strength (0) October 14, 2013
Strength comes from resistance. Body builders and weightlifters spend many hours in strength training, but their muscles are not as flexible as dancers. This is because when they are developing their muscles, they usually do quick short movements to make them lean and compact. As a dancer, however, you have a need to strengthen muscles more than develop them. So we pair our strength training with flexibility, and alternate fast and slow movements to maximize our movements.
Choose a space that will allow you to walk unhindered for a few feet. The longer the better, but a short space will do. Now, shifting your balance to one leg, slowly lift the other from your hip, as high as you can control, and bring it down with the same slow control you used to lift it. Gravity is providing the resistance you need to develop strength, the lift is both lengthening your muscles and helping to increase flexibility. Do this across the floor a few times a day, taking care to control your leg as it comes down, and lifting it as high as you can in a slow controlled manner as it goes up.
- Praise (0) October 13, 2013
To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
- Flexibility (0) October 12, 2013
I often watch and am fascinated by gymnast and ice skaters. Secretly when I dance I imagine I am ice skating gliding gracefully across the floor. But that is another story. One of the things I find inspiring in these two groups of artistic athletes, is their flexibility, and how fluid their movements are. Flexibility comes from stretching. When you stretch, you are both lengthening and contracting your muscles allowing them to move more freely. Runners do it before races to loosen their muscles, and lengthen their stride. So to elongate our lifts, as dancers we also need to stretch.
Here is a simple stretch that will help improve your flexibility. First stand with your heels together and your toes turned out (first position), raise your arms up high above your head keeping your shoulders down (not up around your ears), and slowly with your back flat, bend at the waist until your hands and the top of your head are pointed towards the floor. Then reverse the movement bending as far backward as you can, release your neck so that your chin is angled towards the ceiling. Add a couple of repetitions of this stretch to your work out.
- Balance (0) October 11, 2013
Have you ever watched a toddler stand and walk for the first time? If you notice, they tend to keep their bottoms out in an attempt to stay upright. As they practice they learn to shift their weight in order to move forward. Balance is important in many areas of our lives, but it is essential in dance.
Balance begins with our core. The more core control we have, the better our balance. Practice walking while tightening your core. Swing each leg forward using your stomach muscles, while shifting all your weight to your back legs, and unlike our baby counterparts, keep your bottom tucked in, and your shoulders back. Having good posture also will help you improve your balance.
- Morning Exhortation : October 10, 2013 (0) October 10, 2013 Have peace. The Lord Our God is with us.