"7th January 2013.
That was the date everything began - the day when my life and dance truly joined together in unison.
It wasn't as simple as saying 'Dance is my Life', although it essentially was at the time - it can still be described as so, but a more accurate way to describe this 'unison' is:
"Dance became the essence to my Life."
I aimed for this post to not go too deep into details and that it shall be so. The purpose of this post is to simply share with you some of the teachings I have received as a result of this fateful meeting with dance - in the form of quotes.
See, I have a dance book, well, I have few dance books - kind of like a diary if you may subject it to objective comparison. This is where I write down (most) things that I have learnt and impacted me in some way - whether within the moment of dance, as a result of a dance class/training/rehearsal, reading a dance-related book, technicalities and medical areas of dance or dance therapy, moments spent with my dance family - or even a dance-inspired fashion sketch.
One of them is in England at the moment. I had to leave it there due to flight limitations on baggage weight. At that moment, I still remember clearly, I had to make a choice: to either take it out and ship it back to Malaysia; or leave it in England with someone - and I chose to leave it with a certain person that I trust very dearly. I simply could not trust shipping operations.
I have two here with me at the moment - one has been filled, the other is in the process of being filled up.
I hope this would bring insight and somehow inspire you on different levels and walks of life.
"There is always support in any positioning." - Teach.
"Each time we dance, it will be different: no one time has 100% similarity in surroundings, atmosphere or energy - make each time count." - Teach.
"A cat is never indifferent to the space it is moving through. Even when it comes to jumping up on to a sofa arm that it has leapt on to a thousand times before, it still moves with care and awareness, gauging the space with a calculating eye." - Robert Cohan.
"You can liken your sense of centre to your sense of place or home. If you didn't have a strong sense of home, you would probably get lost every time you went out. You know your home. You remember it. You know your directions from it, like lines radiating out from a central point. No matter how far you may travel, your recognition and remembrance of home give you a basis for relating tot he rest of the world. Yet even though we are territorial animals, we still don't know the territory within our bodies." - Robert Cohan.
"Remember, balancing is an active state, a process that is constantly happening. If you forget to do it, you fall down." - Robert Cohan.
"Some people can learn in a minute. Some people can't grasp it at all. But if you want to change, change!" - Teach.
"There is a distinct difference between a dance being chaotic and a dance making a clear statement about chaos." - Blom & Chaplin.
"People move as they do for reasons." - Agnes de Mille.
"How do you make a dance? My answer is simple. 'Put yourself in motion'." - Twyla Tharp
"If I'm passionate about something and cannot give it up, I should work harder at it and show others I exist." - Touch of the Light
"Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it - that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing - an actor, a writer - I am a person who does things - I write, I act - and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun." - Stephen Fry
"There's no observer, only observing.
There's no listener, only listening.
There's no speaker, only speech.
There's no thinker, only inspiration.
There's no poet, only poem.
There's no painter, only painting.
There's no singer, only singing.
There's no dancer, only dancing ..." - Teach