My Body is My Instrument

Posted 29 August 2013 12:00 AM by Keyana Jones, City Spotlights Dance Teaching Artist and Flash Mob Choreographer

The goal this summer was for students to tell their stories through movement.

In class they were instructed to use their body as an instrument; the same way a guitarist uses a guitar. At first many students did not grasp the concept, and became anxious at the thought of performing movements their body never executed before.

I instilled that discomfort meant growth, and you are learning something new; be glade and embrace the challenge.

I have learned that dance for some youth is nice and to many it is necessary.

This program provided a safe and secure place for many of these young people to enjoy more than being home. The importance of teamwork, discipline, leadership and responsibility was the culture of this program.

This program created and fostered great leaders. It also engaged and encouraged individuals to rise to any occasion, and face every challenge. These children demonstrated great discipline and follow through; they never gave up even in the face of adversity, and they stayed till the end.

This I know will stay with them for a lifetime.

The students learned as individuals your talent is your gift, and to be used to inspire others. I believe these young children have learned the importance of personal development and the importance of contributing to the community.

I only hope I instilled the importance of engaging in a healthy lifestyle; emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and most of all physically.

I wish for the students to always capture life in the moment; not worrying about yesterday or fearing tomorrow.

And always remembering…to leave your heart on the stage.

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