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Dance Journal Week 2 9/17 Response This week we had two articles in MHDC to read; “Imagining Dance,” and “Five Premises for a Culturally SensitiveApproach to Dance,” and overall, a lot of the descriptions in both articles went over my head. I understood the themes that the articles were trying to express, however; the authors of each article continually refer to terms that, as an untrained and inexperienced dancer, I have absolutely no idea what they are. For example, in “Imagining Dance” the author, Joan Acocella, refers to the ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as if the reader should have already seen it twenty times. Just in case, our memory is a bit hazy, she does explain the dance, in detail, using phrases like, “second position on point,” and “performs one soft beat with her feet”. I have absolutely no idea what those phrases mean, so instead of having a clear picture of what was going on, I just glazed over the words and read on. I understood her main point of describing the ballet, that dance is not a portrayal of the way we live, but a force, or energy like a song (a point, which I might add, I disagree with to some extent). However, I think the main message was a bit lost in the extensive translation that was her description of the ballet itself. If she had tuned her article more toward the audience reading it (inexperienced dancers) I think she could have been more effective in conveying her message without getting the reader lost in the dance jargon. Lastly, I did disagree with her argument that dance is not a portrayal of the way we live. I think dance can be a portrayal of the way we live, or the way we feel within our lives. We can express things like, the monotony of our lives, the joyfulness that is felt at a birth or a marriage of a love one, through dance. I liked the “Five Premises for a Culturally SensitiveApproach to Dance” article much more than the first article. The premise I like the most, and could relate to the strongest, was the first premise: movement knowledge is a kind of cultural knowledge. I see this as being extremely true. The example that popped into my mind while I was reading was how different people walk differently (like that fun exercise we did in class last week). Being from New England, yet coming down to Virginia for school where I have also come in contact with lots of students from the south, I do in fact even notice a difference in walk between these two cultures of students. While I notice that myself (and any other “northern” friends I have) tend to walk very downward (looking at the ground) and briskly, my southern friends tend to be more upright, and walk with a more leisurely stride. Week 2 9/17 Reflection Although my future journals will probably give a more generalized description of the changes my body is undergoing outside (and as a result of) dance class, I am dedicating this reflection solely to injury I have in my left arm and the observations I made about it because of critical thinking techniques we learned this week in dance class. On the morning of 9/15 I awoke with a tingly, and numbing feeling in my left arm, sort of like when a limb “falls asleep,” but with a little more pain. After going to my field hockey trainer about it, she concluded I have a “pinched” nerve in my rhomboideus-shoulder region due to tense and overworked shoulder muscles. Because of the constant tingle in my arm, I felt hyper-aware of the left side of my body all day. While walking to class at one point, I could almost feel the person walking slightly behind and to the left of me. While heating my shoulder and doing
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