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Imagine - The Dreamer

Video by Ashley Rockwood

Choreography by students of All About Dance, Dance & Music Academy, Intrigue Dance & Performing Arts Center, Larkin High School, Performing Arts Limited, Starr Dance Studio, Trilogy School of Performing Arts, Visceral Dance Center

 

"Imagine."

DAP put out a call for studios and schools who would be interested in having a student interpret and choreograph around 4 counts of 8 to "Imagine." To then be stitched together with other students' work to make the statement. A message in solidarity. We all know the song. And we know the significance. In a matter of 4 days I was able to travel all over the city and suburban Chicago to film 8 vastly and beautifully different reflections to this piece. Each one is just as important as the other. I believe this experience proves that we are all in this together. No matter who we are or where we come from.

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace, you
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one
Songwriter: John Winston Lennon

DAP Connected is a new project in which our network is delivered and responsible for responding to a monthly prompt. Sharing their work and syncing with other dancers. We aim to highlight freedom of expression and how such a large platform can be utilized to promote cyber unity. It's as simple as a hashtag. Content created will become a part of a large scale picture debuting in July 2018. 


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Interestingly enough, I selected this song for the Tomorrow's Choreographers last statement well before all of this chaos. It refers repeatedly to being a dreamer, and not being alone in that. And really what does it mean to dream? To contemplate the possibility of doing something or that something might be the case. We should all dream of a better life without hate and then act. Put your words into action. help others, stand up for one another, speak out against inequality. do your part because you do have one, whether you like it or not.

Lesson - Let It Go

Video by Ashley Rockwood

Dancers of Power & Grace School of Performing Arts

 
"Let It Go."
It is no secret that dance is hard. Physically, mentally and emotionally. And sometimes life gifts us these harsh reminders to be kind. To be respectful. To treat one another like you want to be treated. A reminder we are all human and doing our best. No one is perfect. Mistakes will be made. But it is how you handle them that makes or breaks it. We have the control to change our perspective and see the positive effect of all that impacts us, good and bad. As dancers in a company, ensemble, team or whatever you may call it, we have the beauty of going through things together. Going through life together. A solid group of dancers there to catch you when you fall. And at times quite literally. So be there. And when things get tough, look one another in the eye as to remember that you are fortunate to have each other. Grow from it, let it go, and let it be water under the bridge.
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*This moment with the dancers of P&G marks a total of 111 dancers participating in an experience with DAP. This number seems significant and fitting. 

Location. The Red River in Bossier City, Louisiana

Location. The Red River in Bossier City, Louisiana

My dear friend Brooke Paulsen Zelus introduced me to Christy posey Holden, director of power & Grace School of Performing arts. and It was pretty much love at first sight. There is something truly unique about these kids. Far beyond the southern hospitality, charm, and yes ma'am. I believe it was their love for tap that won my heart. once a tapper, always a tapper. they are so open and eager, and it has been a joy to see them grow individually, as a company, and as a studio. this year they celebrate their silver 25th anniversary. congratulations p&G. it means so much that you have embraced dancers awareness project and our mission.


DAP Involvement

DAP Connected Studio

Project - Dancer MeetUp 2017

[insert dance here] - parking lot

Dancers : Isa, Maggie, Morgan, Olivia

 
"What Is It?"
Perhaps, by now there is some intrigue around what Dancers Awareness Project actually "is". The best way to explain it in mho is, whatever it feels it needs to be. Side tab, why do we feel we always need to know? One can completely enjoy an experience without all of the certainty. In fact and I imagine, some of the unknown is actually what makes some things thrilling. We are here for the community, the world and for you. A dear friend recently described DAP as "avant garde." I was super flattered.
My goal is to connect dancers of all kinds to one another through positive and inviting experiences. To lift each other up. To inspire creative thinking. To produce meaningful content. To cycle good in the direction of someone or something else. To be aware and conscious of one another. And to create community. To give DAP.
Thank you to the four dancers for being so generous and open to sharing with each other. 

Location.  Parking Lot on Clark St.

Location.  Parking Lot on Clark St.

Footage above is from our 2nd Annual Dancer MeetUp. An open invitation for dancers to come hang out, do something different, and share their artistry.

This project is a part of our series [Insert Dance Here] - putting dance in unexpected spaces such as this parking lot. 

Video by Ashley Rockwood. Music "Waking Up to the Sun" by Pictures of the Floating World.