Co-Creative Social Dance revisited and More Accessible
When I first decided to explore the concept of co-creativity in Social dance, I went all out, exploring the complete elimination of roles within the partnership. It was fun and it worked well but I also realized that most dancers don’t know how to dance both roles. Which makes the application of co-creativity limited. But just like a pendulum that swings both ways, it eventually finds balance in the center. I have been away from writing at first due to traveling, but through traveling, it has brought me to question how I was pursuing the idea of co-creativity. So, I took a step back and took time to think about my direction.
Now I feel ready to start writing again with a new outlook on the idea of co-creativity. In this reflective period of time I have realized that at the core, what I am really interested in, is bringing forth ideas that will help people find ways to listen more to each other, to share more, to connect more, to have more fun together and have co-creative moments that inspire each other when dancing together. I have realized that this can be done in any type of partnership, including the traditional lead/follow. These ideas don’t even require to change any of the moves or techniques you know, just your attitude towards the dance.
As I have been concentrating my efforts more with Kizomba, the blog will be more about Kizomba, but many of the concepts can be applied to other dances. I am always looking for more balance my life, in myself, as well as on the dance floor. My favorite dances, both as a lead or follow or without role distinctions are always when there is a true exchange and sharing. When both partners are adding to the dance, are inspiring each other and creating something together.