I don’t like to count when I dance because it feels counterintuitive to my desire to move with freedom. There are instances when counting is absolutely essential (like when dancing the Rite of Spring). However, after years of teaching technique, I find that dancers who are fixated on ‘getting it right’ on the beat every time usually don’t allow much room for their instinctive nature to enter their experience. They look good but also exclude me from truly witnessing their experience because they are so driven by capturing each step by imitation, brute force or other external forces. Perhaps the fact those who have been dancing for a long time have grown to trust their instincts and not rely on such a rigid rhythmic structure. I like to think that when I dance, my intuition fuels my presence and feeling of ‘the moment’. How can one be precise, yet fluid in terms of interpreting the choreography or choreographic intent? Is there room for clarity and creative exploration? Where do you lie on this spectrum?
Counting and Feeling