How to Become a Professional Modern Dancer

Suppose you are not the usual occasion, you didn't start dance when you where 3 years old, so it really is not your lifetime hobby - at least not up to now. Or perhaps you have always loved dance. Why did you decide to be a dancer? The first step to become a professional modern dancer is to know well *why* you want to dance.

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    Dance is silent poetry... contemporary dance is a fusion of poetry and freedom, but also a fusion of past and present. This means you need classical education, ballet. Ballet is a difficult and kind of superior art form. It helps you to strengthen your body, develop your clarity in movement and build strong technique. But you don't want to be a ballet dancer,so...
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    Ballet is a first step. After, there are many different art forms that may help supplement you. Martial arts, as strange as it seems, can offer you a lot; Aikido helps a lot in finding your center and developing your sense of spiral in movement, kung fu is strong and helps you develop stamina, capoeira provides you ways to develop acrobatic movements. Contemporary dance hops so much from these martial arts, that one could build a strong body and a fluent contemporary vocabulary just by doing yoga or kung fu or tai chi.
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    And all these are "parallel" activities along the essence of our story. Contemporary dancer means taking contemporary classes. Limon, release, flying low, or the more "academic" ones, graham and Cunningham. Improvisation is a necessity. Contemporary dance has to do with your personality and how you develop it, how you express it, how you expose it. So you may feel good by taking ballet classes and a contemporary - release classes. Or you may feel good by doing kung fu classes and release classes. Or you may be taking yoga classes, contemporary classes and improvisation. You have to dive and feel what suits you more, what speaks to your heart. Observe dance performances and try to find what seems familiar to you. By this guideline you choose how to build your contemporary dancer.
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    Take good care of you. Stretch a lot, eat well, keep your self healthy and strong. Dance is a hard core sport.
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    Work with your body. Pilates, yoga, any type of bodywork that helps you and suits you better, just do it. A strong body means less possibilities for injury and a long long term "career" in dance.
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    Eat well and hydrate your self. No reason for eating disorders.
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    Dance is art, and not gymnastics. Please never forget this. Isadora Duncan appeared at times where dance meant ballet. She danced bare foot, just enjoying music and feeling free. She is considered to be one of the pioneers of modern dance.If you want to be a contemporary dancer, this means you seek movement within its essence, beyond form and structure. Picasso drew strange people and images, unrealistic and beyond beauty as we generally understand it . But when we see Guernica, we just feel, as if all the pain has been nourished within this painting and its' black and white "beasts" that fill the canvas.
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    Your body is your canvas. Your soul is your drawing "hand". All that you learn are your colors. The issue is what you visualize to draw on your canvas, what you wish to speak of, as you move.
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    There are various professional dance academies which focus on contemporary dance. The best? PARTS, Seeds, the Place, and there are always others.
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    Listen to your heart and create your own personal pathway. To become a dance artist, a mover who "flies" on ground his or her soul to share it with our big big and sometimes small small, beautiful and some times ugly, fair and some times unfair..... our shared world.

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