It was a beautiful sunny Sunday like they are rare here in England and my French blood was already cheery… however it’s the light shining from each of these incredible women that had me smiling by the end of the day.
Upon starting, I was curiously observing the interactions in the group: returning members catching up; lively, new participants glancing around and meeting new people. We had to break out the chatter to start with the technical class. We began slowly, articulating and stretching our bodies from floor to standing position, methodically getting ready to push into more complex and challenging sequences. For those who don’t know what the YMD is, it is a transgenerational dance community that offers workshops for mature dancers and teachers. I was blown away by the focus and generosity of the group. Questions were being asked and their inquisitive and interactive approaches were allowing me to offer different levels of physicality from which they could choose and adapt to their abilities. It was incredible seeing the dancers’ eagerness to repeat the sequences, trying to push and improve a little more every time.
The lunch break was welcome after this sweaty and energetic first session!
Raffles, end of year admin catch up, future planning… during this hour almost as dynamic as class, I got to discover a bit more of who is at the heart of YMD: driven and passionate individuals. It felt like being plunged in the deep end of a big family picnic, with its share of bickering, jokes and serious conversations but with a deep feeling of care and community.
And it was time for the creative session already!
In a supportive and relaxed atmosphere, the group was guided through improvisation tasks, inviting them to delve into different states of emotion. From there, we gradually moved onto several creative tasks, as a group, individually and as trios. The deep engagement and creativity of the dancers led to a powerful and emotionally charged sharing.
I left the studio feeling recharged and inspired. It was a beautifully spent Sunday. I would like to thank everyone that attended, and I am hoping for another YMD day soon.