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The Art of Distance Dancing

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

We are dancing together! How? It's about combining student dance projects into one film!

Modern dance students were asked to learn a dance combination from a video choreographed by Jojo Gomez with music by Billie Eilish entitled, You Should See Me In A Crown as a means to acquire the skill of learning movement from a video source. The students will all agree that it is much easier said than done. The concept of reversing mirrored images can be mind boggling, but it is an excellent exercise on dexterity. Many times in dance companies, choreographers will asked the dancers to learn repertory from videos, and this couldn't be a better time to perfect this method of learning movement.

They selected one of the four movement variations within the video and spent two weeks learning the choreography, developing a performance concept, and finding a sight-specific "performance" space to film their combination. If they wanted to wear costumes and make-up as in a stage performance and/or edit their film footage, they were encouraged to GO FOR IT!

Once the projects were turned in, I waved my digital wand and combined the dancers into one film, as if they were presenting the dance work together. This is what I believe is the Art of Distance Dancing...somehow still be together and sharing equal love for movement and performance.

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