The Dancer’s Word.
In the spirit of the times, I’ve taken up the opportunity to recommit to some things that I’ve put on the backburner. One of those things is learning sean-nos dancing. Emma O’Sullivan is teaching sean-nos on the Zoom platform, and I’m subscribed to the block she’s hosting at present. Having dancing at the front of my awareness, I realized something. Over the years, I’ve made every effort to be critiqued by other musicians, and I’ve also made every effort to build relationships with dancers. And yet, it has never even crossed my mind *to be critiqued* by dancers.
I haven’t had every opportunity to play for dancers, but I have had many experiences with them, especially after my street performance project, as well as taking up contra dancing. But you’d think that somewhere along the way, I would’ve sat down with one of my many friends who dance, and asked them if they could give me a word or two about my playing. I hope to change that sooner than later.
Have any of you ever had any particularly interesting conversations with dancers about the music? I remember very recently, a Youtube video popped up in my autoplay of dancers(not related) talking music and how they related to it. I was astounded by how much new information I learned. Whatever the case, I hope everyone is doing well in these dark times, and that you’re all finding some form of peace and joy; Even if it’s away from the tunes.