BLOG: SEASONS

So the hard work has begun. Physically.

These past couple of years, training for the show began in September, when the days were getting darker and colder. I love the concept of seasons. I feel different every season, and I love it. To me, autumn is always a good time of the year to start things. It almost feels like going back to school after the summer, but in the best possible way. The sun is no longer tempting me to go and sit outside and I always feel very energetic and productive. 

This year however, our first show will be in July, so my whole natural cycle gets messed up. The days are getting longer and (hope I don't jinx it...) the weather here has been warm for two weeks straight now, which is quite rare in Holland. I like it, though the sun keeps calling me to go sit outside instead of working out and sweating even more. So far, I can resist its call, even though it is much harder to have dance rehearsals in the (very humid!) heat than in the cold (and I clearly remember the cold in the dance studio last year). Last week choreographer Hester and I had a rehearsal on the most humid day you can imagine; we even decided to end the rehearsal an hour early, because it felt like as if was no oxygen left.

Today, the weather is better for dancing, and Hester and I have had a productive rehearsal. Conveniently, she lives almost next door from me and has more space in her house than I have. We are changing some of the routines, looking at this year's set list and the new dynamic the new order of the songs creates. We want to create a certain flow in the show, so we are not just looking at each song individually, but also at the whole set. A different order means a different dynamic. The result is that some routines need to be changed.

Not having any dancers next to (or behind) me creates both restrictions and freedom. Though we can't do any lifts and things like that, it does give me more freedom to execute the movements the way I feel them without having to worry if my move looks exactly like the person behind me. The challenge will be to create enough dynamic difference throughout the show, but I'm confident we will find a way. After all: we are all creative people who want to create something beautiful...

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  • Richard van Twiller

    Richard van Twiller Amsterdam Area

    I'm so proud of you, a woman who know's what she want and who is willing to do everything possible to reach her goal!!!! Chapeau Maaike

    I'm so proud of you, a woman who know's what she want and who is willing to do everything possible to reach her goal!!!!

    Chapeau Maaike

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