Should dancers learn more than one dance form?
Mr. Ragothaman brought this article titled “Dance with me” by Madhumitha Srinivasan in The Hindu to my attention.
We exchanged a few emails on the subject and we ended up thinking that there could be more to this than just a simple single yes/no.
Here are a few” random” reflections from a few of us on the subject …
- ” I took a course called Dance appreciation. They taught and showed all the different types of (modern and world) dance forms …
In anycase, my attraction to BN became more after going to that class. Since I could relate those concepts of level, energy and space in BN and opened a new way of thinking and appreciation BN.
However, when people mix dance forms I am not very sure of that. My point is learn or at least read about other dance forms and start appreciating the one dance form one has been trained into for years. Learn many stick to one.”
- “How originally the inspiration from cross-pollination blends during performance will decide the success or failure of learning more than one dance form. You cant keep your audience guessing about the dance form you are performing !”
- “Knowledge of dance forms by itself will help any artist to develop his/her own style in the dance form they are comfortable with and (realize) where their calling is.
- “I am against it because it to me shows a lack of focus”
- “This is a story of people thinking the world is just your home, opening your doors widens your horizons and brings all that is fresh and innovative and kindles your creativity”.
- “I would watch but never learn, because it is impossible to keep the influence from showing up”
More Questions…SO, the question about learning more than one dance form has a lot of underlying questions to be answered.
- Should the learning be serious/ of introductory nature/or for just fun?
- Talking about other forms such as complementary(eg: BN+Mohiniattam/Kuchipudi/Odissi)/contrasting(Eg BN+ Modern dance) is one better than the other?
- Should the student be able to aestheticallybring in the influence or should he or she be able to keep them apart?
- Is the multi pronged approach making the student lose focus or improving his understanding?
The only thing all of us agreed on this subject was to open this up for a poll here. Please let us know what you feel!