Dance has played and continues to play a significant role in who I am today. The meaning of dance and art has changed for me over the years, but two things have always remained. Dance is the visual embodiment of emotions and experiences throughout life and art is how humans connect non-verbally to one another. Without art, there would be an immense amount of subconscious thoughts that never get fully realized. I strongly believe impulsive choreography and dance for the sake of movement alone always has an underlying meaning whether it is realized or not. If artists couldn’t express these thoughts, feelings, and ideas then we would lose the ability to connect with each other non-verbally. Not everything can be fully expressed through words and requires visual communication.
Additionally, dance exists as the medium to express feelings and evoke emotions or thought from viewers and dancers alike. I see the world in a new light because of my experience with dance and it has made me the empathetic and thoughtful person I am. When I choreograph and perform, I hope to encourage others to look at something in a new light. I find my most passionate pieces are the ones when the meaning is vague so that the audience member has the ability to interpret the dance how they wish. This allows my pieces to be related to a vast amount of viewers and helps them to see things from a new approach. Empathy through movement if you will. Dance helps me to touch into others’ emotions and thoughts. Without dance, I would not be the intentional and empathic person I have grown to become and love.