I've been hosting some training days down in England that have proved to be really insightful.I'll soon be off to Singapore for more of the same and have my sights on East coast USA tour. I have learned so much about my own playing and skills through 'Discussions In Dance'. Met some great musicians and spent a wonderful day yesterday at Scottish Ballet with 26 teachers of dance. Some frank discussion on counting of music was had!
I attended the Move It! event at Olympia a couple of weeks ago. It was an interesting cross-section of the dance scene in UK and Europe. I did find only one other musician there, my mentor and friend Stephen Lade. He was at the helm for (Ballet) Rambert some years ago and is one of the most inspiring musicians you will hear.
I discovered how to publish an iMix on iTunes. Duh. Probably everyone knew except me. Anyhow it's called Great Ballet Music to Enjoy and it has a few tracks of inspirational music for choreography (mixed with 2 tracks of mine!).
I've been looking at youtube clips of babies moving naturally to music. It's fascinating and really funny to see them captured by music. We are incredibly hard-wired to have a physical response to music. Why , then do we get fearful about performing it!?
I heard an greatly incisive comment on the radio 4 today talking about the power of music.
That music is understood physically long before it is understood intellectually.
This came from a musician, not a dancer. Interesting.