The Dance for World Community Festival happened two months ago now, and I am still feeling nourished by the experience. Not only did we get to create and perform new work for the festival, "The Last Bird", but I got to teach an open free community class at the beautiful José Mateo Ballet Theatre studios in Harvard Square.
The class was only twenty minutes long, but was one of the most rewarding classes I have ever taught. Over 30 people crammed into a small studio and followed me on a short warm-up focusing on the spine and core. I was also able to share part of the phrase from "The Last Bird" that some of them have seen in performance.
In the room were teen girls who asked special permission to take the class (which was listed as 18+ on the schedule), many folks dressed in dance clothes and other folks dressed in jeans and dress shirts like they had walked right off the street. They were so positive and gracious for the short class. The experience only confirms for me the power of dance education to connect with people. We are all dancers in one way or another.