Anjuli_Bai Posted April 29, 2012 Share Posted April 29, 2012 In another thread it was mentioned how many things have to come together to create a dancer - so many "rules" for the classic ballet, so many muscles to learn to engage, an extensive dance vocabulary, plus of course a workable dance body and the outside support necessary to allow all this to happen. In addition one has to be fortunate enough to have good teachers. In any dancer's history there is usually one or two who stand out. It doesn't have to be a teacher we had for a long time - sometimes it is only a class or two with this teacher which opens up a whole new view of what the dancer is trying to accomplish. I had such a teacher and it is to him that I take the liberty of dedicating this thread. Robert D. Rodham taught at San Diego Ballet in the late 1970's. Though not a member of the Company, I had the privilege of taking the morning daily Company class. Mr.Rodham (NYCB plus other affiliations) did not teach more than a few months in San Diego - but one very special day he opened a door for me to an entirely new way to think about dance. It changed everything. He taught me to breathe my dance; to inform every movement with my breath. To make my breath a pulse beat, to use it for height in jumps, to make the rotations in a pirouette come alive, to suspend my dance in the air above me, to lengthen and attenuate movement - to make it all become a living thing - simply by learning how - and when - to breathe. Do you have a special teacher - one who changed everything? 8 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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