This past year, I‘ve come to realise that what is really important for me when leading or participating in dance work is the environment that is being crafted and shared. If I had to choose one word to sum up the environment when I walk into the studio to lead a day with YMD, it would have to be the overwhelming sense of community and care.
Having been snowed off in the 2017/2018 season, it was an absolute pleasure to be back amongst many familiar faces (new fresh faces were of course welcomed with open arms too). The first task of the day for me was very much to lure everyone away from their catch up and introductory conversations with my technique class! What I particularly loved seeing as phrases got longer towards the end of class, is how pockets of the room knitted together to work out any sticky bits – there’s a real sense of support for each other in the studio. For me this also is a great opportunity for sharing learning – if I’ve been discussing or working through something with one group and we’ve had a breakthrough moment, I’ll make sure we feed that back to the rest of the room so that everyone can benefit from this new thought process and ensure that we are fostering an approach where shared knowledge can thrive.
Having shared my devised material in the morning, the creative afternoon was a chance for me to set tasks which experimented with how this material could be adapted. So, it was also a chance for the lovely YMDers to put their stamp on things and open my eyes up to the possibilities of where this movement could go. What a fantastic exchange with such a generous community of dancers! Thank you all!