Columnist and Chicago resident, Lauren Warnecke was in attendance for the Dance/USA 2011 Annual Conference. Sharing moments from the keynote speech and reflecting on one of the conference’s major themes, audience engagement, Lauren describes the value of getting dancers together in the same room.
To illustrate this, I ask my students to become aware of how their body feels as it works against gravity. I ask them to put their hands above their heads and then to be still. I remind them, “you are in charge of your body,” “your brain tells your body what to do,” and then we wait.