As lockdown has diminished our personal worlds to be much smaller, simpler, quieter (maybe!), our lives feel tighter, contracted. Many of us feel confined in one place, restricted to our homes, and reduced to socializing with the same people. However, those who are showing up to the movement practice online with Open Floor teachers are EXPANDING other parts of their lives in surprising ways…
1. Expanding Community Connections
Where we once practiced Open Floor on local dance floors, geographically located communities, with the same teachers and the same room of people every week, now, we can easily dance with communities all over the globe. Online classes have allowed movers to connect across continents, any time of day, and attend classes with new teachers.
2. Expanding our Hunger for solitude
Some people thrive at attunement to themselves in the company of others, and some of us do it better in solitude. What the pandemic is giving us is the opportunity to practice attuning to ourselves in new ways – without a room full of people. To be witnessed differently over a screen can shift what we have access to in ourselves.
3. Expanding how we practice embodiment
The pandemic may have taken us off the dance floor, but it has connected many movers to some of the other foundational elements of Open Floor Practice and the Art in Motion program focused on building creative intelligence through dance, writing, theatre and visual arts.
4. Expanding courage and confidence
In person dances can be intimidating or have barriers to access for many people. Sometimes trying new things is easier from home. At least for these movers:
5. Expanding what we create
We move. We feel. We rest. We create. And, when we practice enough something new emerges.