XPRESSIONS DANCE JOURNAL

XPRESSIONS DANCE JOURNAL

WHATS UP! I AM DANCER WHO HAS MANY DREAMS AND IS VERY MOTIVATED TO GETTING WHERE I WANNA BE. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A TALKATIVE PERSON BUT SEEM TO EXPRESS MY SELF THROUGH DANCE AND POETRY.THESE BLOGS WILL BE ABOUT MOSTLY DANCE AND A FEW EXPRESSED PIECES OF MY LIFE. THESE BLOGS WILL ALSO EDUCATE YOU.PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CRITIQUE MY BLOGS AND SUGGEST ANYTHING YOU ARE INTERESTED IN KNOWING ABOUT DANCE OR MY OTHER INTERESTS.MESSAGE ME FOR FURTHER INSIGHT.

 

 


 

AFRICAN DANCE

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Labels: dance

“African dance refers mainly to the dances of
subsaharan and West Africa. The music
and dances of northern Africa and the Sahara are generally more closely
connected to those of the Near East. Also the dances of immigrants of European
and Asian descent (e.g. in South Africa) are not covered by this
article.
African dance has to be viewed in close connection with African Music.
Africans dance in all sorts of occasions to express their
inner feelings, whether of joy or of sorrow. While the dancing is spontaneous
and voluntary, the drumbeat provides
the rhythm that holds the dancers together. Although the drums in more recent
years have become ornaments for decorating the home as well as the popular
souvenirs for tourists to Zimbabwe and other
African countries, their primary function remains their role in cultural
activities and rituals.
In villages throughout the continent, the sound and
the rhythm of the drum express the
mood of the people. The drum is the sign of life; its beat is the heartbeat of
the community. Such is the power of the drum to evoke emotions, to touch
the souls of those who hear its rhythms. In an African community, coming
together in response to the beating of the drum is an opportunity to give one
another a sense of belonging and of solidarity. It is a time to connect with
each other, to be part of that collective rhythm of the life in which young and
old, rich and poor, men and women are all invited to contribute to the society. “

 

 

NEVER WOULD HAVE MADE IT!

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Thursday, August 7, 2008

Never would have made itNever could have made it without uI
would have lost it allBut now I see how u were there for meIm strongerIm wiserIm
betterSo much better

 

 

BALLET DANCE

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Thursday, August 7, 2008

“Ballet is a formalized form of dance with its origins in the Italian Renaissance court, further developed in France and Russia as a concert dance form. It is a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. It has been influential as a form of dance globally and is taught in ballet schools around the world which use their own culture and society to modernize the art. Ballet dance works (ballets) are choreographed, and also include mime, acting, and are set to music (usually orchestral but occasionally vocal). It is best known in the form of classical ballet, notable for its techniques, such as pointe work and turn-out of the legs, its graceful, flowing, precise movements, and its ethereal qualities. Later developments include neoclassical ballet and contemporary ballet.
The
etymology of the word “ballet” is related to the art form’s history. The word ballet comes from the French and was borrowed into English around the 17th century. The French word in turn has its origins in Italian balletto, a diminutive of ballo (dance). Ballet ultimately traces back to Latin ballare, meaning to dance.”

 

 

Dance is my Passion!

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Thursday, August 7, 2008

Dance is my passion!
There are many people that believe that dance for me is a hobby. There is a big difference between dance being a hobby and a passion. You see a hobby is something u do in your past time. When you’re bored. But a passion is something u desire and dream about. Something that without it u yourself can’t function. You look past your passion. I look pas dance and see me opening up my own dance studio. And dancing on Broadway. Hobbies you look at doing if u can’t find anything else to do.
Every since my mother put me in dance since I was four I pretty much knew what I wanted to do with my life. There were many times a four years old I really didn’t know what was going on but what I did know was that the feeling I got. The rush I got every time I got on that stage was a rush I wanted to feel all the time and that I liked that rush. It didn’t have anything to do with all the attention I got after the show because some strange person in the audience remembered my face out of 30 other dancers it was because that dance on the stage was an expression that was released and showed to many people that I didn’t mind expressing again.
I have ran into many people that say that dancers don’t make much money. That’s another reason why dance is a passion there are many ppl that wake up and gt ready for their good paying job that they hate. But because its paying good money they keep going. But for me I want to get up for a job that I love and because its go be my own business than I am getting paid good money. U make thing the way u want to make them. They don’t make you.

*EXPRESSIONS SHADOW*

 

 

JAZZ

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Saturday, August 9, 2008

“Jazz dance originated from the African American vernacular dance of the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. An early popular “jazz dancer” was vaudeville star Joe Frisco who, in the 1910s, danced in a loose-limbed style close to the ground while juggling his derby, hat and cigar.
Until the mid 1950s, the term “jazz dance” often referred to tap dance, because tap dancing (set to jazz music) was the main performance dance of the era. During the later
jazz age, popular forms of jazz dance were the Cakewalk, Black Bottom, Charleston, Jitterbug, Boogie Woogie, Swing dancing and the related Lindy Hop.
After the 1950s, pioneers such as
Katherine Dunham took the essence of Caribbean traditional dance and made it into a performing art. With the growing domination of other forms of entertainment music, jazz dance evolved on Broadway into the new, smooth style that is taught today and known as Modern Jazz, while tap dance branched off to follow its own, separate evolutionary path. The performance style of jazz dance was popularized to a large extent by Bob Fosse’s work, which is exemplified by Broadway shows such as Chicago, Cabaret, Damn Yankees, and The Pajama Game.
Today, jazz dance is present in many different forms and venues. Jazz dance is commonly taught in dance schools and performed by dance companies around the world. It continues to be an essential element of
musical theater choreography, where it may be interwoven with other dance styles as appropriate for a particular show. Jazz dancing can be seen in music videos, in competitive dance, and on the television show, So You Think You Can Dance”.

 

 

MODERN DANCE

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Saturday, August 9, 2008

Modern dance is a dance form developed in the early 20th century. Although the term Modern dance has also been applied to a category of 20th Century ballroom dances, Modern dance as a term usually refers to 20th century concert dance.In the early 1900s two woman dancers in America, Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis, as well as one in Germany, Mary Wigman, started a rebellion against the rigid constraints of Classical Ballet. Shedding the authoritarian controls surrounding classical ballet technique, costume and shoes, these early modern dance pioneers focused on creative self-expression rather than on technical virtuosity.
Modern dance is approximately 100 years old.In United States
Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Doris Humphrey and Martha Graham developed their own styles of dance and laid the foundations of American modern dance with their choreography and teaching.

The development of Modern dance embraced the contributions of African American dance artists regardless of whether they made pure modern dance works or blended modern dance with African and Caribbean influences.
Katherine DunhamAfrican American dancer, and anthropologist, originally a ballet dancer she founded her first company Ballet Negre in 1936 and later the Katherine Dunham Dance Company based in Chicago, Illinois. Dunham opened a school in New York (1945) where she taught Katherine Dunham Technique, a blend of African and Caribbean movement (flexible torso and spine, articulated pelvis and isolation of the limbs and polyrhythmic movement) integrated with techniques of ballet and modern dance.
Pearl Primus – a dancer, choreographer and anthropologist Primus drew on African and Caribbean dances to create strong dramatic works characterized by large leaps in the air. Primus often based her dances on the work of black writers and on racial and African-American issues. Primus created works based on Langston Hughes The Negro Speaks of Rivers (1944), and Lewis Allan‘s Strange Fruit (1945). Her dance company developed into the Pearl Primus Dance Language Institute which teaches her method of blending African-American, Caribbean, and African influences with modern dance and ballet techniques.
Alvin Ailey– a student of Lester Horton (and later Martha Graham) Ailey spent several years working in both concert and theatre dance. in 1930 Ailey and a group of young African-American dancers perform as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. Ailey drew upon his blood memories of Texas, the blues, spirituals and gospel as inspiration, his most popular and critically acclaimed work is Revelations (1960).


 

Modern Journals

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Sunday, August 24, 2008

WHEN I WAS AT COLUMBIA COLLEGE MY MODERN INSTRUCTOR MADE US RIGHT JOURNALS ABOUT WHAT WE DID IN CLASS. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS POINTLESS UNTIL I REALIZED THAT AFTER READING MY JOURNALS THERE WAS ALOT OF THING I NEEDED TO WORK ON. SO I BEGAN TO JOURNAL ABOUT DIFFERENT MOVES IN CLASS THAT I DIDNT UNDERSTAND OR ONES THAT I DID. I PRETTY MUCH BEGAN TO CRITISIZE MY DAMN SELF BEFORE THE INSTRUCTOR DID IT SO THAT I WOULD NOT BE SHOCKED ABOUT HER RESULTS ON WHAT SHE SEES.

 

Dance Journals
Modern

October 24
Under curve
It was taught to me that the under curve is not a contraction it is the connection between the hips and the forehead touching. All this time and my ass was doing it wrong. I was contracting thinking that I push my back muscles further back to curve and it’s wrong. I know the real under curve and it’s harder and I get a little bit more of a stretch out of the right thing way more than what I was really doing. You always do something wondering why u arent sweating like everyone else but because ur doing it u never think. Maybe im doing it wrong. something as simple as a undercurve can be done wrong.

October 29
Flat back
During modern I believe that I have my flat back down. When I come from the under curve I jump right into flat back stretching my arms in front of me to a point where I can still see my hands in the corner of my eye. I know when I’m doing flat back right because I can feel that extra stretch in the back of my thighs and calf muscle. I need to work on not tilting on my flat back or leaning back. with me automatically being bo-legged there is an automatic lean back stance. The best thing for me to do is not lock my knees. to keep them slightly bent. so that the audience wont tell that they are bent.

October 31
tilt
It’s hard to understand what the tilt is in the exercise. I’m not sure if it’s the isolation of the upper torso or if it’s the isolation of the upper body tipping over from left to right. The more that I do it the more I realize that I’m doing it wrong. Most of the time I feel like maybe I’m doing it wrong and everybody else doing it right or I’m doing it right and everybody else doing it wrong. Who knows?

November2
Extensions
I get a little nervous doing extensions. Its seems like if I push off my hands too hard I flip over. But if I push just right I feel like I’m never coming down. One class I rolled over on my wrist which hurt real bad so now I have to try it without actually hurting myself. Hopefully ill get it one day.the thing about extensions is that u have to extend and push and in all this keep a certain form. now maybe you dont know what im talkin about but its very hard. i will keep practicing an let u know if i have it down.

November5
Fetal position
I never really understood why it was called a fetal position. Now I understand. But I never knew somebody could make it into a modern exercise or warm up. Well I must say this position isn’t so much the exercise it’s the positions after that make it an exercise.if u look at a fetus it looks balled up but the top body half isnt touching the bottom body half so ur have alot of center stregnth helping u stay in that position. without center stregnth u can basically do nothing.

November7
Tucking and rolling
I’m pretty much use to this exercise. We do this exercise in African. Were told to tuck our heads and roll over out shoulder not our spine. Were told pretty much the same thing that’s told to us in modern. So hearing the same thing twice makes the exercise easier.not only it easier but it lets u know that that is the way the move is suppose to go. ur now hearing different techniques for one movement.

November12
Body half
At first I didn’t understand the body half but now that I understand the process it’s a pretty good exercise for me to teach myself to move one half of my body but to keep the other half still. Sometimes during the exercise I get confused but I seem to make out okay!the way i describe it may seem pretty easy to u. so try this. lay down in a x position and move ur right elbow to ur right knee and tell me how it feels. remember to keep energy flowing through the arm and leg ur not using. u should feel a stretch in ur left abdominals.

November 14
Knee and hand opposite extension
When we have to stretch our hand opposite our foot I don’t seem to feel a stretch. Either im doing it wrong or im not suppose to feel a stretch. Which ever one it is I hope I feel a stretch before this semester is up.

November 19
Knee drop
For some odd reason my knee drops hurt. I think im dropping my knee down to hard or something because I seem to be hurting myself after the knee drops. Last class I had a bruise on my knee from when I dropped down my other knee on top. Yea I think im dropping a little to hard.

November 21
Leg swings
I love the leg swings. I remember having to do this at track practice at the hurdle. He use to tell us to make sure our leg swing went over the hurdles. But I never thought we could do leg swings on the floor.

November 27
Student teachers
The student teachers were pretty fun even though they didn’t teach me anything that I hadn’t already learn from my other teacher it was fun. They did good. Hopefully when I get in that class I do well.

November 29
Student teachers
Their back! I didn’t know that we were gonna have them again. But its cool becaue their pretty fun I guess. Their not real hard and not real easy. And I like that. Keep it up student teachers!

December 3
Abdominal works
Today we were given some abdominal stretches to give us something to work on over the break. Believe it or not I use to be one of those people that were obsessed with abs and did them all day everyday. But I fell off a little bit. I got a little lazy and stopped doing them.

December 5
Abdominal work
I feel the burn in this abdominal stretches. They seem to be a little hard because I tend to stop breathing. But that’s cool because now that I know how to breathe during them it makes my stretches a little bit easier and I can do more.

*EXPRESSIONS SHADOW*

 

1 comments:

Vaneticorum said…

This is what I’d call long. But, it’s informative and interesting so that’s ok. You should keep doing these to let readers know where you’ve improved or what new things you’ve learned about dance. I’ll be on the look out, for sure, so keep it up.

August 27, 2008 1:30 PM

Vaneticorum said…

This is what I’d call long. But, it’s informative and interesting so that’s ok. You should keep doing these to let readers know where you’ve improved or what new things you’ve learned about dance. I’ll be on the look out, for sure, so keep it up.

August 27, 2008 1:30 PM

 

 

BALLET JOURNAL

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Saturday, August 30, 2008

Dance fundamentals
Ballet

October 25
Tendues

My tendues are doing much better with the ball toe ball flex exercise. Ive gotten compliments since ballet. Think ive gotten better in my dance flaws. i was never bad at my tirnout but i wasn’t perfect. if i was i wouldn’t be in dance fundamentals.

October 30
Extended knee

I was told today that I have extended knees so instead of really balancing I sit back in my knees and push al my weight down in my knees. I can’t assume that this is a good thing because I know its not. In order to find my real balance I have to slightly bend my supporting leg and balance my weight in my center. To be honest this is hard as hell because I became a habit. But now it’s a bad habit.

November1
Degages
I was thinking that my second degage was suppose to be completely to the side when really it’s suppose to line up with the second position feet. When I bring down my degage life because a whole lot harder because I have to use those inner thigh muscles to keep my leg from flopping down on the floor. I think second position is a teacher’s preference because I have had teacher tell me that your degage second should be right in on the side of u near you ear and I have had instructors tell me to line it up with my turnout. But lining it up is easier.

November6
Turnout
I finally found my turn out. My turnout was basically the turnout of my legs and thighs and feet. My full turn out makes everything that I do work from the thigh muscle. Especially when I do degage roundajambe. I also use my inner thighs on the plies and the changement when to hold my self up. Yyyyaaaayyy!!!!! I found my full turnout I’m so happy.

November8
Substitute
To be completely honest I don’t seem to get my stretch when there’s a substitute but I find it somewhat helpful when she gives me observations that my other teachers haven’t given. Thanx anyway.

November13
Plies

Today it was kind of hard for me to hold myself up during my grand plies. It was mostly hard in 4th and 5th position. I try to push my heels on the ground before I stretch back up and seems to be extra hard. When I open out my thighs in more of good turn out I find my balance more. I use all of my corrections by not sitting back in my hips and finding my center. I think if I keep this up then I can progress and little more in my grand plies.

November15
4th position
In all the years that I have been in dance my fourth position was wrong. I’ve come to realize that my fourth position is the step out of my 5th position. Though it makes everything harder, it’s right. I have been practicing my fourth position while I was standing up on the bus and I believe I have shown progress in the class. It’s easier to find my 4th at the bar than it is without the bar. But then everything is easier at the bar.

November26
Didn’t dance this day!

In ballet on the 1st exercise we reviewed tendues. One thing some dancers have to remember is coming from flex to tendu they have to make sure their foot touches the ground. On the second exercise we reviewed plies. During the second position plie dancers need to remember their heel does not leave the ground. On the 4th position plie dancers need to remember that the heel touches the ground as soon as the body begins to come up. You also need to make sure u tighten the thigh muscles during susous. On the retires angie needs to make sure she spreads her toes like a duck and keep her center and that will help her keep her balance. Tahsa needs to be more confident in the combination and stop looking at everyone else. On the floor work everyone needs to keep in mind the exercises from the bar and the notes from the bar. Remember to fully turnout. Also remember the combination taught. Angie don’t give up if you don’t get the exercise right off the back. Remember on degage’s; technique is more important than height. Everyone needs to keep in mind the definition of the terms as they do them. During the Cambre Natasha needs to remember when passing through there is a flat back. Last but not least everyone remember the new term fuete.

Decmeber4
Changement
Im doing real well doing the changement.im making sure my heels are done each time and everything. I think I land to hard because later my chins hurt but I think its worth it. There isn’t much I can say but im improving I think.

December6
Didn’t dance!

I must say after all of this time in dance fundamentals everyone has grown to be a very well dancer and better than we were when we first walked in. I know this training has helped me more as a dancer. Even though i was told to take more dance fundamentals I feel like Im a better dancer than I was before I walked in. I must say I am a grown dancer.
At the beginning of class we worked on grand plies. Everyone did very well on grand plies. Everyone must remember to go through flat back doing cambres. Remember on the second exercise to tighten inner thighs during susous. That will also help during the detourne.
Angie remember to focus and remember the combination. Jv has done better in finding her center. Natasha has grown more confident in what shes doing. Not looking at everyone else. Obie beautiful job during cambers. During enhaut remember center going long and back dropping down. Dancers need to remember if you mark the combination while shes going over it then maybe you will do better when its time to dance it full out.
Demar good balance. Obie beautiful tendues. Obie and shaunice great jobs on balances. Everyone good job on fondues. Try not to bend leg on roundajambe. On the floor exercises on piques turns don’t rest foot on knee.

*EXPRESSIONS SHADOW*

 

1 comments:

Vaneticorum said…

Gotta admit, first and foremost, I did not understand half of what I read. That being said, while I found myself lost in the terms of Ballet, I still kept reading because this is quite an interesting post. Again I say, keep doing the journals, even as you take classes this semester. Hope to read more like this one.

August 31, 2008 2:56 AM

Vaneticorum said…

Gotta admit, first and foremost, I did not understand half of what I read. That being said, while I found myself lost in the terms of Ballet, I still kept reading because this is quite an interesting post. Again I say, keep doing the journals, even as you take classes this semester. Hope to read more like this one.

August 31, 2008 2:56 AM

 

 

DANCERS AT COLUMBIA!

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Sunday, August 31, 2008

THE MOST IMPORTANAT THING TO DO IN COLLEGE IS MAKE FRIENDS. AND IT WASNT THAT HARD TO MAKE FRIENDS SEEING AS HOW I WAS IN TH DANCE DEPARTMENT. MOST DANCERS ARE FRIENDLY AND IF THERE NOT THERE STUCK UP. I WAS INVITED TO A DANCERS PARTY AND AS U CAN SEE IT WAS WILD. BUT ONE THING U DIDNT HVAE TO WORRY ABOUT WAS ANY BODY DANCING.LOL. I WENT TO THE PARTY WITH MY BESTIE NICOLE AND AT THE TIME THIS DUDE I WAS TALKING TO MY THE NAME OF GHOST. WELL ANY WAYS HOW THIS RELATES TO DANCE HMMM!
NETOWORKING IS A BIG KEY WHEN UR TRYING TO GET TO THE TOP. EVEN THOUGH I DIDNT LIKE IT ON CHICAGO I MADE FRIENDS AND GOT NUMBERS. WHO KNOWS I MAY SEE THESE PPL LATER IN MY CAREER AND THEY MAY HAVE TO BE THE ONE TO GIVE ME THE JOB BUT BECAUSE I KEPT IN TOUCH SINCE MY FRESHMEN YEAR OF COLLEGE THERE IS AN OPEN JOB FOR ME. AND IT ALL STARTED AT A PARTY!

*EXPRESSIONS SHADOW*

 

 

 

 

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*EXPRESSIONS SHADOW*

 

 

 

EXPRESSIONS

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The thoughts expressed but unheard.Weather they have a meaning or not. Im not sure.But the point in letting it out weather it be through dancing or writing it should be expressed.Expression is something that is often not taken seriously but my talent is about expression.Acting, dancing, writing.Express how you feel whether they like it or not.Who caresExpressLove always, expressions

*EXPRESSIONS SHADOW*

 

 

IMPROVISATION JAM

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Thursday, September 11, 2008

 

TODAY IN MODERN WE DID SOMETHING DIFFERENT BECAUSE OF THE LOW ATTENDANCE WE HAD. WE DIDNT HAVE MUCH ATTENDANCE BECAUSE OF HURRICANE IKE AND MANY OF US WERE TOLD TO EVACUATE. ALOT OF CLASSES WERE CANCELLED BUT NOT OURS. AND IM GLAD IT WASNT. WELL ANY WAYS WE DID A IMPROV JAM. THE IMPROV JAM WAS EXACTLY WHAT ITS CALLED U IMPROV BUT U DONT HAVE TO DO DANCE MOVEMENTS U JUST MOVE. U HAVE TO MOVE IN THE BUNCH OF DANCERS. WE ALSO DID IMPROV TOUCH. THIS IS WHERE U GET A PARTNER AND U ALL MOVE BUT NO MATTER WHAT MOVE U DO OR UR PARTNER DOES U HAVE TO KEEP TOUCHING. THIS ALSO DOESNT REQUIRE THAT U DO DANCE MOVES BUT U MUST MOVE. IT S SAID THAT PPL WHO DONT DANCE ARE BETTER AT THIS BECAUSE DANCERS MINDS ARE BLOCKED BYE DANCING AND NOT JUST MOVING AND BELIEVE ME THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. WELL ANYWAYS IN BOTH OF THESES EXERCISES TODAY I HAD ALOT OF FUN. AND I PLAN TO DO MORE OF THAT IN THAT CLASS. I SEEM TO HAVE ALOT OF FUN IN THAT MODERN CLASS THAN I DID IN THAT MODERN CLASS IN CHICAGO. GOSH I LOVE IT HERE!

 

*EXPRESSIONS SHADOW*

 

 

IMPROVISATION JAM OUTSIDE

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Friday, September 26, 2008

DANCERS ARE LIMITED TO THE SMALL SPACE IN A DANCE ROOM WHICH IS CONSIDERED A BOX. WE DID A SMALL IMPROVISATION JAM OUTSIDE IN THE PIT WHICH WAS FUN AND OUTSIDE OUR COMFORT ZONE. I LIKED IT AND BY THE SIT OF THE PICS MY CLASS MATES ENJOYED IT ALSO.

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EXPRESSIONS SHADOW*

 

 

IMPROVISATION JAM OUTSIDE

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Friday, September 26, 2008

DANCERS ARE LIMITED TO THE SMALL SPACE IN A DANCE ROOM WHICH IS CONSIDERED A BOX. WE DID A SMALL IMPROVISATION JAM OUTSIDE IN THE PIT WHICH WAS FUN AND OUTSIDE OUR COMFORT ZONE. I LIKED IT AND BY THE SIT OF THE PICS MY CLASS MATES ENJOYED IT ALSO.

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EXPRESSIONS SHADOW*

 

 

CHICAGO

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Saturday, September 27, 2008

AS EVERYONE KNOWS MY DANCING CAREER STARTED IN CHICAGO. I REALLY DIDNT LIKE IT THEIR. AS MUCH AS I WANTED TO B IN THAT CITY BECAUSE THE AMAZING THINGS I HEARD ABOUT THIS ONE CITY. I THOUGHT THAT CHICAGO WAS FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN MUSIC I THOUGHT IT WAS THE MUSIC CITY. I THOUGHT IT WAS THE CITY FOR THE RAPPERS, BEAT MAKERS, PRODUCERS AND ALL. BUT NOT FOR A DANCER AND I STILL THINK THAT. BUT HERE I AM IN HUNSVILLE, TEXAS WHERE ITS A REGULAR COLLEGE NOT AN ARTS COLLEGE AND I AM GETTIN THE SAME ATTENTION WE GOT IN CHICAGO IF NOT MORE. I MISS CHICAGO BECAUSE OF THE MANY ARTISTS I MET THERE. BUT I LOVE IT HERE. I WILL B IN CHICAGO FOR MY MFA IN DANCE.
*EXPRESSIONS SHADOW*

 

 

MARTHA GRAHAM AND JOSE LIMON

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Sunday, October 19, 2008

WE HAVE SWITCHED DANCE TEACHERS IN MY MODERN 2 CLASS. THE FIRST TEACHER WAS SUPPOSE TO BE GOING OVER BASIC MODERN. AND THE SECOND TEACHER IS SUPPOSE TO BE THE HISTORIAN OF MODERN. WHICH MEANS SHE WILL DO MORE INTENSIVE DANCIN LIKE FROM “LAMONE AND GRAHAM”. THESE DANCERS I BOTH ADMIRE BUT I MUST SAY THEIR TECHNIQUE IS HARD AS FUCK. LOL. I VERY MUCH SORE FROM DOING THEIR DANCE TECHNIQUES. AS MOST DANCERS KNOW GRAHAM IS FOCUSED ON THE CONTRACTION. LAMONE IS BASED AROUND GIVE AND TAKE. MY NEXT BLOGS WILL BE HISTORY ON THESE TWO SUPERB DANCERS.

 

 

MARTH GRAHAM

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Sunday, October 19, 2008

*EXPRESSIONS SHADOW*Martha Graham (May 11, 1894April 1, 1991) was an American dancer and choreographer regarded as one of the foremost pioneers of modern dance, whose influence on dance can be compared to the influence Stravinsky had on music, Picasso had on the visual arts and Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture.[1] Graham invented a new language of movement, and used it to reveal the passion, the rage and the ecstasy common to human experience. She danced and choreographed for over seventy years, and during that time was the first dancer ever to perform at The White House, the first dancer ever to travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and the first dancer ever to receive the highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom. In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the key to the City of Paris to Japan‘s Imperial Order of the Precious Crown. She said “I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It’s permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable.”

 

 

JOSE LIMON

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Sunday, October 19, 2008

José Arcadio Limón (1908 – 1972) was a pioneering modern dancer and choreographer. He was born in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, the eldest of 12 children. He moved to New York City in 1928 where he studied under Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman. In 1946, Limón founded the José Limón Dance Company. His most famous dance is The Moor’s Pavane (1949), based on Shakespeare‘s Othello.

 

 

TEACHABLE

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Friday, November 21, 2008

 

 

SO TOMORROW I HAVE AUDITIONS. THESE AUDITIONS DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT I GET IN THE BFA PROGRAM @ SHSU. I THINK I WILL GET IN BUT OTHERS MAY HAVE DOUBTS. I HAVE BEEN DOUBTED ALL MY LIFE SO I COULD REALLY CARELESS. FOR ONE I AM A STRONG BELIEVER IN PROVING PEOPLE WRONG. I MUST SAY THAT I LIVE MY LIFE OFF OF PROVING PPL WRONG. ANYWAYS I CALLED TO ASK WHAT EXACTLY THEY WERE LOOKING FOR IN THE AUDITIONS AND ONE THING HE LET ME KNOW WAS THAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO IS TEACHABLE. THERE HAS BEEN PPL TO COME INTO AUDITIONS AND ARE BEAUTIFUL DANCERS BUT THEY ARE PRIMA DONNAS. THEY CANT B TOLD ANYTHING. SO WITH THAT IN MIND I WISH MYSELF GOOD LUCK. AND PRAY THAT GOD GIVE ME THE STREGNTH TO DANCE WITH MY MIND BODY AND SOUL. AND TO MOST OF ALL KEEP MY MIND OPEN TO ANY CRITIQUES AND SO ON. WISH ME LUCK! ONE LOVE, ONE LIFE.

 

 

THIS DETERMINES MY FUTURE.

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Sunday, November 23, 2008

YESTERDAY I WAS AT THE SHSU DANCE AUDITIONS AND I MUST SAY THAT THE AUDITIONS WERE ALOT EASIER THAN I THOUGHT. I THINK I DID VERY WELL AT AUDITIONS BUT OTHERS MAY THINK OTHER WISE. THIS AUDITION DETERMINES WHETHER IM GOOD ENOUGH TO GET A BFA IN THEIR DANCE DEPT. BUT WHAT I NEED THE JUDGES TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THEY WILL SEE MY FACE EVERY YEAR UNTIL THEY PUT ME IN THE BFA. I TAKE THAT BACK THEY WILL SEE ME EVERY SEMESTER. AT THE END OF THE AUDITIONS WE HAD TO DO A 20 SEC PIECE OF AND GENRE OF WHAT THEY HAVENT ALREADY SEEN US DO. THEY ALREADY SAW ME DO BALLET AND MODERN SO U KNOW WHAT I BUSTED OUT WITH… I BUSTED OUT WITH THAT AFRICAN. EHHHH. YEEEEEP. BUT IN ALL SERIOUSNESS I THINK I DID VERY WELL I HOPE I IMPRESSED THE JUDGES.

*EXPRESSIONS SHADOW*

 

 

MAJORS WORKSHOP

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Saturday, December 13, 2008

 

 

THE OTHER NIGHT I HAD MY FIRST PERFORMANCE AT SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY. ITS CALLED MAJORS WORKSHOP WHERE ALL THE CLASSES PERFORM WHAT THEY LEARNED IN CLASS. IT WAS FUN AND LET ME KNOW THAT THIS DANCE DEPARTMENT WAS THE DANCE DEPARTMENT I WANTED TO BE IN. ITS NICE TO SHARE THE SAME PASSION WITH OTHERS.

 

 

2ND ATTEMPT ON MY FUTURE

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Sunday, February 8, 2009

SO YESTERDAY I REAUDITIONED FOR THE SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY DANCE DEPT. TO GET INTO THEIR BFA PROGRAM.I THINK I WAS FIERCE BUT LIKE SAID IN MY OTHER BLOGS THEY MAY THINK DIFFERENTLY. I LOVE DANCEING SO MUCH IT AINT EVEN NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE FEELING I GET WHN MOVING ACROSS THAT STAGE. I JUST HOPE THE JUDGES CAN SEE THAT IN MY FACE AND THROUGH MY EYES U KNOW.

 

 

alvin ailey biography

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Alvin Ailey Biography
(1931–1989)

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Dancer and choreographer. Born January 5, 1931 in Rogers, Texas. In 1943, Alvin Ailey and his mother moved to Los Angeles, where he nurtured his interest in dance. He became a member of Lester Horton’s company in 1950, and when his mentor died in 1953, Ailey was chosen to take over as director and choreographer.
After training in New York City with Martha Graham and others, he founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958, which was a hugely popular, multi-racial modern dance ensemble. The company popularized modern dance around the world thanks to tours sponsored by the U.S. State Department. His most famous dance, Revelations, is based on Ailey’s own experience of growing up African American in the rural South and is a celebratory study of religious spirit. He retired from the stage in 1965 to devote himself to the company.
Ailey received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988 and died a year later of AIDS.

 

 

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Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Friday, August 14, 2009

http://animatedxpress.blogspot.com/
*EXPRESSIONS SHADOW*

 

 

Advised by my mother. Letter sent aug 7th. My last convo with him.

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Wednesday, September 9, 2009

On Tue, 8 Sep 2009 9:31 pm, Chloe Price wrote:
> ———- Forwarded message ———-
> From: jocelyn medlock-price <medlockprice@yahoo.com>
> Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 17:04:06 -0700 (PDT)
> Subject: Advised by My Mother
> To: vaneticorum@sbcglobal.net
> Cc: chloe price <chloeakacoko@gmail.com>
>
> FROM: CHLOE PAIGE PRICE
> TO: CHRISTOPHER JEROME GIBBS
> TOPIC: APOLOGY…CONFESSION…EXPLANATION
>
> Dear Christopher J. Gibbs,
> Before you get mad that I’m bothering you I was told by my mother to
> allow your temper to cool down and write you a letter.  If you don’t
> believe me you are free to call her and make sure.  This letter will
> be explaining and confessing what I did and why I did it.
>
> I will start with the less recent and move from their.   First, I
> will
> explain the conversation with Earnest. Since you and I have been
> together Earnest didn’t like it.  He never told me that in my face
> until later on down the lines of our relationship.  When you began to
> feel uneasy about me and Earnest friendship it made it hard for me,
> because at the same time I was being accused of cheating or messing
> around with Earnest and it was nothing like that. You began to ask me
> to do things that I was willing to do, like stop talking to Earnest
> after a certain time.  I was willing to do it because it was something
> I asked of you as well.  Earnest didn’t like that one bit.  I’m
> sure
> Earnest probably told you that he rarely text me after 9 because he is
> sleep by a certain time, which is not true because you yourself have
> seen texts from him after 9.  When you and I got into one of the worse
> arguments about Earnest was when Earnest spoke to me. You
> have that conversation. You said that Earnest told you that he never
> got on his instant message. How could that possibly be true when we
> argued about me speaking to him on instant message?  You have seen his
> username right? My mother witnessed sunday him signed on to his yahoo
> messenger and i was sitting right in front of her. there was now way i
> could pose a convo with him. You said you spoke to him: No man will
> tell you that they were throwing salt in your game because they want
> to get at your girl. No man.  There’s no way I can fake the
> conversation me and Earnest had from his username and/or discuss
> anything with him. My reason for not communicating with him any more
> wasn’t because of you and or me. It was because of us. When Earnest
> revealed to me that he liked me more than a friend I ended the
> friendship between me and him. You were not aware of it because I took
> matters into my own hands. So if you ever thought I was hiding
> something from you
> that’s what it was.  The reason why i was so frustrated when you were
> telling me about you not being able to trust Earnest is because it
> wasnt the first time i was told that.  My mother always told me the
> same thing. but lesson learned is the best teacher. But I can honestly
> and truthfully say that I was 100% faithful to you.
>
> Second, before all of this I know it was hard for you to believe me
> because of the Ashley and Angie prank which is understandable. The
> night we went out to Furr’s when we got back I was instant messaging
> Islee. I text her to see what she was up to. I told her that we had
> just got back from going out with your boys. And she asked me if I had
> fun. I told yea but I wish I could hang out with my friends more. It
> was said wrongly and taken out of context.  I was not saying that I
> didn’t have fun, because I had a wonderful time.  I was saying that I
> wish the things we do often with your boys, that we could do those
> things sometimes with my girls. That’s when Islee asked well why you
> don’t, and I told her. Well, I don’t have many friends.  Islee said
> is
> it because you have burned bridges with some friends since you and
> Chris got together and I told her yes.  Not saying that you are the
> reason I burned those bridges but with your second intuition I was
> able to see thing about others that I didn’t see before.  It’s
> always
> been told to me that someone on the outside looking in sees more than
> the person inside.  After all of that she was saying how she
> understood where I was coming from so I was beginning to tell her
> about the whole Earnest situation and confessing and asking her if she
> thought I was doing the right thing about cutting Earnest off as a
> friend after finding out how he really felt, but when I sent the first
> text to her she never responded and I figured she fell asleep.  Their
> was no point in time that I blamed you for not having friends because
> I have a couple and that’s all I need.  I never knew what was said
> when you all spoke so me calling Islee a liar was out of line.  I
> apologized to Islee for that and i apologize to you. I know that Islee
> didn’t break us up and didn’t think that would have. She was just
> informing of the conversation probably trying to figure out what she
> could
> do to help and I thanked her for that.  I even asked you a couple of
> times what I needed to do to get friends like yours. and you said you
> just have to find someone that cuts for you just like you would for
> them. From then on me and Jasmine began to become closer right along
> with Shalonda (taetae).  But again you were never my reason or the
> blame for not having many friends. You were my help and gain to
> cherish the friends I did have. After, all of this we broke up.
>
> I wasn’t sure what was said or what made you so upset but I was hurt.
> You told me you weren’t happy. There were some situations where I
> could see you get so damn frustrated and pissed with me. As far as
> knowing every lil detail of your unhappiness, I’m not a mind reader.
> But I can say I tried my hardest to make you happy. Their were times
> that I was unhappy. I use to tell you that I felt so damn depressed
> because their were things you did for me that I not only couldn’t do
> for my self, but I couldn’t do for you and that frustrated me. And
> that’s why I began to cry for the way I was because I felt like I was
> dependant and I didn’t want to be at all. After that I told you I was
> going to give you a couple of weeks.
>
> That first week I was cool. It was hard but I was cool. That second
> week I began to miss you like crazy. I started going over Jasmine’s to
> listen to her and Gary’s problems hoping that there was somebody out
> their going through what I was going through if not worse.lol.  I also
> began changing my life around for the better and for me. I discussed a
> few thing with my mother and got back in church since I was slacking
> (not your kind of slacking though.lol) I also found a new friend along
> the way. Crystal, she was not only a friend but more of a counselor.
> And I thank her for that everyday. With me missing you the way I did.
> I began to sit and wonder, what you were doing, how you were doing,
> and so on and so forth because I truly love and care about you.
> That’s what people do when they love and care about someone. They miss
> them. So I began to text you from my mothers’ phone posing as my
> mother. I’m not saying that my reason for doing it is right
> but that was my reason. I was wrong for doing it and I apologize for
> doing it. When you began to speak about my phone, I got frustrated
> because you knew I couldn’t get another phone and if I could it would
> be hard to but I was willing to do so because you deserved a new
> phone. On top of all of that my grandfather passed away. So when I
> spoke to my mom she informed me that she talked to you and let you
> know that she was not the one texting you. I was very upset and
> frustrated just as much as you. So when I called and text you my first
> instinct was to lie to you and that lie was out of fear. Fear of
> losing you. You didn’t want to hear anything I had to say which is
> understandable because you were angry frustrated and who knows what
> else.
>
> I did not tell my dad to call you. He got your number from me a while
> back when he wanted you to come look at his computer but he never
> contacted you. I was in the other room with avaline helping her with
> food when he spoke with you. I didn’t know that he was calling my
> mother a liar. After speaking to Crystal later that day I called your
> dad to see if you were anywhere around and he said that you went out
> to the movies. I called Jasmine and asked her if she wanted to ride
> with me so I could go speak to you. And that’s what she did. When you
> came out of the theater I didn’t expect things to go the way they did
> and again I apologize for your shirt.  I have a shirt on the way to
> replace that one. Since I couldn’t speak to you at the theater I went
> to Shaun’s place to speak with him. And asked him if he could ask you
> to come out and speak with me. I didn’t want to argue with you. I lied
> to you again about the texts from my mother’s phone. Because the
> next question would have been why did you do that and I didn’t want
> you to know that I missed you that much and that I would probably
> threaten trust. The whole scene of the keys I can say and will always
> say was unnecessary. I was going to give you your keys but I wasn’t
> finished speaking with you. But what hurt the most was you looking in
> my eyes and telling me, I don’t like you, I don’t love you, your a
> monster not a woman.   I understand you were upset but I was too, and
> all the way up to that point I didn’t say anything like that to you.
> When I finally handed over the keys I called you and said some things
> that blurted out because of frustration and anger as well. And I
> apologize for that 100%. I’m writing this letter not only for you but
> for me.  I’m not trying to give you a bunch of excuses but the
> truth.
> If I can’t be granted your friendship then I would like for us to be
> cordial. My mother has read this letter. So if you still not sure
> that I was given advice to write it, you know her number. By the way
> my number will be changed.  If you wish to have the number please let
> me know.
>
> Again i thank you for EVERYTHING you have done for me.  When i told
> you that you were not only my boyfriend but my friend i meant it.  its
> one thing to hope someone is their for you and its another thing to
> know someone is their for you.  I am still yet growing and maturing
> into what the Lord wants me to be.
>
> P.S. I would appreciate it if you wrote me back. You can email me on
> my email or my mothers. (medlockprice@yahoo.com) I apologize for
> everything and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me
> because I have already forgiven you.
>
> P.S.S. Deanglo and Adam said hello and something else about a video
> game. (you know i dont know) tell your mother i said hello.
>
> Love always,
> Chloe Paige price
>
>
>
>
>
> —
> Chloe Paige Price
Chloe Paige Price
Reply:chloeakacoko@gmail.com
{Living laughing loving}

 

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His break up

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Thursday, September 10, 2009

From:
Chris Gibbs
To:
chloeakacoko, vaneticorum
Date:
Jul 30
Subj:
Blogs
I read the blogs.  I couldn’t post comments, not sure why, so I figured I’d just e-mail you.  It’s good to hear you have plans to do all these things and you plan to become more independent.  Don’t let me be the only reason you are trying to do so, however.  In response to the “Reflections 3”: I find it funny how people always seem to realize some problem when the relationship is ending.  You didn’t catch any of that until we broke up or until I was already unhappy.  Also, me needing space, though I say I’m not going to discuss it, I gotta tell you, you can kill that idea.  I would never want to try to have a relationship with someone who I need a lot of space from.  I never minded you being around, I just didn’t like things you would do when you were around.  I feel like I’ve already stated this.  Maybe, not to you.  Iono.  Anyway, You being in school or you being at my apartment seven days a week, neither made a difference.  What made the difference was, “What will you do to frustrate or tick me off?”  I asked myself that far too often.  I even stopped asking and started knowing.  Anywho, Iono if you were upset or what, but, when you said you “must not know Shun”, you were correct.  If you did, you’d have caught somethings that, just maybe, would’ve been a little insightful and helpful to you figuring out why I was pretending to be happy or not bothered when I was.  Crystal may cry, but, I don’t think you two cry for the same reasons.  Also, you ask to have the bad influences removed from your life.  I laugh because that is, in a way, what God may have already been trying to do through me.  Still, you blew up at me back when I was trying to help you recognize and “take away the negative influences”.  That story you tell about the guy in the ocean who let three boats pass and asked God why he didn’t rescue him, that’s kinda the situation you put yourself in.  I try not to hold a grudge or be bitter about that, but, whatever.  I feel I have the right to be.  And, yes, that is why it pissed me off so much to hear
what you wrote to Islee that night when we got back.  That plus the fact that you were actually the only unsatisfied person with the night at of all six people who went out is just crazy.  Sorry to hear that you’re having a bad period, but, considering the stress on you with your mom, school and me, it’s not that irregular.  From my understanding, those kinda things usually cause heavy periods.  I do hope you’re okay, though.  Not sure how you take all of this, but, this is about as much detail regarding any part of the break up, or anything related to it, that I’m going to go into.  I don’t want to talk about it anymore and if you feel you’ve figured something out about why we aren’t, and won’t be, together, that’s good.  I’m not telling you you’re right or wrong nor letting you know, or hinting, about if you’re close to my reasons or not.  I’m not telling anyone, besides the ones I’ve already, why.  So, no one needs to ask.  Finally, I do understand you love me, never doubted it.  Still, I do not want to be with you while you are trying to figure yourself and life out.  I tried to stay around and support you through it, figured out I couldn’t because I stressed over it.  You may want me to watch you transform and grow, I no longer want that and can only wish you the best in whatever you do.

 

 

 

Loving me

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Sunday, September 13, 2009

Im so happy because I graduate this summer with a kinesiology major and a health and dance minor. Fucks with me.lol.

 

 

Believe

Posted by XpReSsIoNs on Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I know that when your heart is in pain and your soul cries out—-it is hard to believe.Just know that you have a beautiul Spirit and that God has a unique plan for you and your Soulmate.I Believe in God’s Miracles and I hope you do too! I believe in God… I believe we were destined to meet… I believe you are my missing rib… I believe we can achieve whatever we desire.. I believe you’re the best thing that has happened to me.. I believe I’m in love with you… I believe I love you more than you know… and most of all I believe in you.

 

 

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