A Poem By Gaga Movement Practitioner and Choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith: "I Dance to Feel Alive"
I dance to remember.
I dance to forget.
I dance to contain.
I dance for my mom and dad.
I dance to show my love.
I dance when I cannot speak.
I dance when words won't do any justice.
I dance to connect with strangers.
I dance to understand.
I dance to feel differences.
I dance to feel similarities.
I dance for the trees.
I dance to be inside of a poem.
I dance to become a mountain or volcano or an island.
I dance because I miss.
I dance for all who miss.
I dance to pray.
I dance to sense how I am getting older.
I dance to let go.
I dance for all the women in me and all the women who have shaped me.
I dance to get softer and more explosive at the same time.
I dance to be able to listen more to the world.
I dance so I can see wider.
I dance to forgive.
I dance to feel vulnerable.
I dance to feel my strength.
I dance to breathe.
I dance to sense my weaknesses.
I dance to waste my energy.
I dance because it is my first language.
I dance to show my gratitude.
I dance to show my anger.
I dance to show my love.
I dance when I need a change.
I dance to change.
I dance to show the scream.
I dance to pass the time.
I dance to feel alive.
I dance to experience effort.
I dance to dig.
I dance to hope.
I dance to practice action.
If "Fosse/Verdon" whet your appetite for the impeccable Gwen Verdon, then Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon is the three-course meal you've been craving. The new documentary—available now on Amazon for rental or purchase—dives into the life of the Tony-winning performer and silver-screen star lauded for her charismatic dancing.
Though she's perhaps most well-known today as Bob Fosse's wife and muse, that's not even half of her story. For starters, she'd already won four Tonys before they wed, making her far more famous in the public eye than he was at that point in his career. That's just one of many surprising details we learned during last night's U.S. premiere of Merely Marvelous. Believe us: You're gonna love her even more once you get to know her. Here are eight lesser-known tidbits to get you started.
Every dancer knows that how you fuel your body affects how you feel in the studio. Of course, while breakfast is no more magical than any other meal (despite the enduring myth that it's the most important one of the day), showing up to class hangry is a recipe for unproductive studio time.
So what do your favorite dancers eat in the morning to set themselves up for a busy rehearsal or performance day?
When it comes to dance in the U.S., companies in the South often find themselves overlooked—sometimes even by the presenters in their own backyard. That's where South Arts comes in. This year, the regional nonprofit launched Momentum, an initiative that will provide professional development, mentorship, touring grants and residencies to five Southern dance companies.
You ever just wish that Kenneth MacMillan's iconic production of Romeo and Juliet could have a beautiful love child with the 1968 film starring Olivia Hussey? (No, not Baz Luhrmann's version. We are purists here.)
Wish granted: Today, the trailer for a new film called Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words was released, featuring MacMillan's choreography and with what looks like all the cinematic glamour we could ever dream of: