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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Carpe Diem and Dancers

Carpe Diem and Dancers

Yesterday’s Link of the Day brought back memories of the wonderful movie Dead Poet’s Society with its message of “Seize the Day”.  Today’s link is another scene from early in that movie.

Carpe Diem.   It’s a theme dancers should think about frequently.  Because artists - and dancers in particular, are always striving for a perfection that is not attainable, and listening to criticism (hopefully constructive) on a daily basis, we can easily slide into the trap of forgetting to look at the good things that surround us.  The big beautiful picture, if you will.

Dancers, and dance teachers, are privileged to participate in one of the most beautiful art forms on the planet, (in my opinion, anyway) and sometimes when a student executes a particularly beautiful movement it hits me like a flash:  I have been given an opportunity to see an instant in time of pure beauty:  a fledgling dancer achieving a great moment – and hopefully just one of many more to come.


From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Motivational Secret #1:

Remember to seize the day, and see the beauty around you.”

                Link of the Day:

            Quote of the Day:

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities.  Seize common occasions and make them great.”

-  Orison Swett Marden


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