I feel this is equally important and crucial for dancers to learn and know as well. Technical training and musicality go hand in hand. A deeper appreciation and understanding of music and its’ connection to dance from the standpoint of physical expression, rhythmic intent and the possibilities of interpreting movement supported by a melodic structure is integral to students training as performers and choreographers. This is a life long process that changes over time, and plays a different role with varying degrees of prominence in the life of an artist as careers progress.
Developing a strong sense of musicality can free a dancer from relying solely on counts. It can also expand physical range, add dimension, breathe and nuance to phrase work. Having the knowledge and confidence through a heighten sense of musicality to manipulate space and time will allow dancers to become fearless movers in any form. Delving into pulse, tempo and rhythm through articulations of the body are aspects of time that I have been paying closer attention to in technique classes. Using the classroom as a laboratory through which a keen awareness of melody, harmony, texture and timbre will also be explored in center, across the floor and phrase work. Investigation into these additional aspects of sound will add sophistication to their palates. Beginning this process of imbuing musical elements qualitatively will also help broaden artistic sensibilities, increase dexterity of personal movement vernacular and enhance performance skills.