Thank you Mike for inviting me to participate with you all last Saturday, I did enjoy meeting some of you in the children’s zone.
As dance therapists, we always start from where the child is. It was a little different here today as we were sharing the space with Jenny Any Dots the clown and other folks coming in and out and I wondered what would happen, most especially as dance movement therapy is not a modality that is about learning steps or showing routines. It recognises movement as an implicit and expressive instrument of communication that focuses on the moving body and non-verbal phenomena.
At school we learn about the five senses that inform us and teach us about the world outside. In dance movement therapy we find another sense that informs us about the inner world, our body.
(Picture taken by James Smith from Studio Number One)
The first small group of children came along and entered directly in to moving together. The girls enjoyed focusing on dancing their body parts, specifically shoulders, arms and hands reaching forward and opening out. I was very touched by the twins who in their wheelchairs moved with such a vital energy, smiling and allowing themselves to be moved by the promptings of the music. The other young girl who beautifully extended herself in her shyness to connect and move into rhythm together and all the while with the focus was on body awareness. Two boys came over to join us, and enjoyed a game of pulling the lycra, accessing that strength and energy of action.
We moved together for perhaps half hour in a communication that was spontaneous, constant and authentic. A little later on for another short taster a young girl came along and we moved together exploring the space with ribbons. She was quite chatty and would tell me something and then lead me across the floor with leaps and laughter.
‘It felt like we discovered a new world of sensory awareness, we reignited the kinaesthetic sense’Karen