Yesterday after rehearsal, I ate, went home, and again for the umpteenth time contemplated what to write for the next entry on the Hannah Kahn Dance Company Blog. I set a deadline for myself to write something, yet when the opportunity arose to write something I struggled with writer’s block (I’m not great at writing anyways). It was a struggle to dictate something because there is a lot to write about being a part of the Hannah Kahn Dance Company. This time however all I could think about how was exhausted I felt after rehearsal. Yet I smiled and realized that it’s worth the toil I put myself through every day I set foot in Hannah’s studio. At the end of the day, I know I have given it my all. I am truly proud of my progress since starting with the company in May. The motivation to grow as I have since then has come from the talent of my fellow company members, Hannah’s challenging movement, and Hannah herself. She will nit pick the details of her choreography until it is precisely correct. That attention to detail has helped me to rethink my approach to learning not only her choreography, but everyone else that I work with. I no longer think of not only getting the shape on the count but also the transitions between movements and the quality of the movement (for example something that might either be sharp or fluid). I have approached a new level of, well, approach to choreography. Arriving to that point seems to have come about quickly (only since May) yet as mentioned before I have my fellow dancers and Hannah to thank from the bottom of my heart. It’s been only eight months since joining the company, but the journey has been incredible, and I know it will continue to be.
Written between January 3-6
Joe will be dancing several pieces in “Knoxville: Summer of 1915″, our spring season concert at the Lakewood Cultural Center, April 1 & 2, 2011.