The Path to Mature Spontaneity

October 13, 2016


To achieve mature spontaneity in the dance there are three broad stages a person goes through.  The first is before someone learns to dance; often such people often do not go out on a dance floor unless there are already a bunch of people there, and when dancing are very limited in what they can do, both on their own and especially with a partner.

The second stage is as a novice dancer. Novice dancers in a sense are under the law of the dance, or under its style. Teachers deliberately “put students in a box” so that they can focus on mastering just a few skills at a time. There are some patterns and techniques a novice could dance well in many aspects, but they are limited to what they had been taught and practiced. If a novice deviates from a pattern or style often the result looks and feels bad. Yet at the beginning there was a great joy in learning the rules. Before they could neither speak nor hear, but with training comes the joy of mastery, of connection, of the ability to say something meaningful. The more patterns and techniques (that is rules) that are mastered the better that a dancer gets and the more fun they have. Indeed, one cannot be creative without first being truthful, for every art has its own science which must be mastered. Nor can one be creative without discipline and self-control.