Day 17: A life-changing book
One life-changing book for me was The Art of the Dance, which is a collection of writings by the great Isadora Duncan. This book came to me at a time when everything I thought I knew about dance (from 20 years of technical training) had been turned upside down. I was moving away from my ballet roots, discovering ecstatic dance, and voraciously reading everything I could find about it. Isdora Duncan was not actually anti-technique or anti-training (far from it!), but she was VERY anti-ballet, and she had a beautiful vision of what dance could (and should) be. It was such a breath of fresh air to see my own sentiments echoed by this legend of dance.
One of my favourite quotes: “The dancer of the future will be one whose body and soul have grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of that soul will have become the movement of the body. […] She will dance not in the form of nymph, nor fairy, nor coquette, but in the form of woman in her greatest and purest expression. She will realize the mission of woman’s body and the holiness of all its parts. She will dance the changing life of nature, showing how each part is transformed into the other. From all parts of her body shall shine radiant intelligence, bringing to the world the message of the thoughts and aspirations of thousands of women. She shall dance the freedom of woman.”
Day 18: Sweet
Today it was unbelievably sweet to see my baby girl roll over onto her tummy all by herself. She’s been playing with rolling for a week or so, but never getting past that bottom arm. Today she lifted up her head and got the momentum she needed to roll up and over that arm, and BOOM! Her brother and I were cheering her on the whole time! This little one is so grounded and determined! She’s a marvel to see. You can watch her figure things out day by day!