AUM through Dance: The Secular Self
"Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it." ~Martha Graham One of the dance world's greatest pioneers, Martha Graham once said, "Dance is the hidden language of the soul." Having the opportunity to create dance based on Curriculum AUM exposes a whole new way of learning and understanding just what the curriculum is all about - and it's not just grounding the feet! Dance speaks to us deeper then words, targeting our inner emotions and tugging at our heart strings. Curriculum AUM travels these same inner emotions through a movement-based program - so what better way is there to dig deeper into our level of understanding than to interpret it through dance? Check out the first of many upcoming dance creations based on Curriculum AUM created and performed by Perceptions Dance. This piece, entitled "The Secular Self" is a first glimpse into the emotional (and physical) pathways and connections inspired by Curriculum AUM: Written by Melissa Gendreau Project AUM
About the Author: Melissa
Melissa has been on the go all her life: as a fidgeter, athlete, dancer and trainer. Originally from Massachusetts, Melissa – a professional choreographer – founded Perceptions Contemporary Dance Company in 2007 after graduating from Dean College School of Dance. Melissa made the trek over to New York City in 2009 where she immediately began studying with Studio Anya. She has since explored all things Anya as a student and a teacher, an artist and liason. Her studies of Curriculum AUM branched so deep into her soul that she began incorporating Curriculum AUM into her choreography. Through this incorporation blossomed a collaborative journey between Perceptions Dance and Studio Anya called Project AUM: a method of teaching and exploring Curriculum AUM through dance and the arts.