Even though we dance for love not money, it can be hard to stay inspired at times. Ever had those days when you have bit of a 'writers block' with your dancing or choreographing? We caught up with some dancers and choreographers recently and asked what inspires them with their work. Here's what they said! Thank you very much to these wonderful dancers and choreographers for their insight!
Paul Malek, Artistic Director at Transit Dance and freelance Choreographer/Director
Inspiration wise I watch a lot of different things. I love to go and see as many different shows, in Melbourne there’s so many things on all the time. Plays, musicals, concerts, ballets, I try and see lots of different things. Also YouTube is the best thing. You can get so much inspiration from watching different things on YouTube. I don’t know what I did without it actually before it was invented it was so hard to get hold of footage!
Luke Cooper, Dancer Royal New Zealand Ballet
To stay inspired, I tend to look outside of dance. I find myself new hobbies and interests to keep my mind busy on things other than ballet when I'm not in the studio. The ability to switch off then means that when I am in the studio I feel fully engaged, invested and enjoy myself more, instead of feeling drained and even bored. This then allows me to find more moments of inspiration in the studio from my fellow dancers and the choreographers/stagers/ballet staff at the front of the studio.
This is definitely not an easy task and I have not yet mastered it myself, but it makes a noticeable difference when I can apply it.
Sara Garbowski, Dancer Royal New Zealand Ballet
As a professional dancer I have several outlets that serve as inspiration. Ballet class is a source that I use daily to explore and solidify technique. It is the inspiration I build there that allows me to feel confident and achieve a certain artistic freedom onstage.
Kirby Selchow, Dancer Royal New Zealand Ballet
Dancing is my life it was what I always wanted to do and I would have never of taken no for an answer.
The things that inspire me to dance is life, music and the people I love and adore in my life inspire me daily. Walking out of the theatre and speaking to someone who has been moved emotionally by a performance is a constant inspiration. My Mum is without a doubt my biggest inspiration – if it wasn’t for her being there and supporting me the entire way through, none of it would have happened or been possible.
Thanks again to all of the dancers and choreographers who contributed!