I honestly just want to share this. Share. Please take the time to appreciate Kendrick (blue pants) at 0:47-0:52 and here’s another angle from day one to see whoever’s blocked out from the first video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkQfBON6HTk
EPIC motion Showcase 2013. This past weekend made me realize a lot of things.
Yasu is a good friend I’ve made over the past couple of months and I just wanted to introduce him to… tumblr. lol. I just wanted to put this out there for him to show all of my fellow dancer friends from jersey and elsewhere some refreshing talent around that we seldomly see… just in hopes that his work can offer some inspiration to you as it has for me. When he asked me to perform this with him I had the opportunity to give something up to my dear cousin who passed away recently. And so I wanted to really give this my all, for yasu and for my cousin. In the city he’s always known for his raw choreo but he wanted to explore something new when he was asked to be a guest performer for the EPIC motion showcase. Though I’ve just met him recently he’s so hardworking, genuine, humble, open-minded and passionate. It’s one of those things that you can just tell early on in your encounters with a new acquaintance. I’m honestly so thankful to have met him ‘cause he really is a source of inspiration for me lately along with a lot of dancers I have had the privilege to work with in the recent months.
Prior to taking this step in opening my mind and heart to new experiences as a dancer, I was one to judge people when they further themselves in the dance community.. especially when they make all these new friends and I’d be like “Wow, who is he/she to all of a sudden jump into this other scene like he/she’s the shit.” Not something I’d exactly say but, something I’d definitely think. Taking the steps to further refine and explore this craft, I finally see meaning and significance in doing all that. I got this one life in the context of a world that can offer countless experiences that can foster my growth and sense of connection to everything. In that same respect, my craft has the potential to be cultivated in an art form that can offer countless ways of movement and growth; all in the context of a worldwide community of dancers many of whom that I may never meet.
Never forget your roots, but don’t keep yourself planted to the ground. As we grow I feel that it’s essential to meet people and foster relationships even if they end up being deeper than ones before because their life and experiences have something to offer to you and yours to them. I’m so happy to have allowed new people to come into my life who offer perspective that synthesize new meanings to happiness and fulfillment. I’m just as happy to have allowed myself to enter into theirs. Growth isn’t a one-dimensional concept. It’s not to a certain direction or destination, but fostered by perspectives that come from innumerable sources and has the potential to bring you to countless places. How do you expect to expand your mind and person if you allow yourself to stay in one place mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually? Perspective. The opportunity to learn of other people’s perspective is something that has helped me so much over the years as a dancer and as a person. And honestly something that I just want to share with anyone who reads this. Not to tell you this is how it’s done and you should listen to me but just to offer perspective in hopes of providing some sort of empowerment to whoever cares enough to read all the bs i write.. And an antithesis to whatever preconceived notions that imprison our minds. thesis+antithesis=synthesis.
I’ve performed at the EPIC showcase since it started, and I think this is the year that something totally new and inspiring has affected me. Affected to the point where I had to talk about them as opposed to just the fact that I got the chance to perform at their showcase with friends. The team has taken a totally different direction. We used to all see them in competitions and at a point they were winning those competitions. Now they have new faces with refreshing talent and creativity. They have some people that’ve been there from the beginning and people that just joined this season. They don’t compete anymore. They just train and learn from each other in earnest. In all their glory and imperfection it was so beautiful to see how much they’ve grown and expanded as dancers and as a team. Now I’m not saying that in our competition circuit we don’t train or grow. Seeing everyone at defining rhythm was exciting and heartening. I do think, though, that having these competitions and sometimes even dancing on a team can hinder growth and jade us from having a personal long-term vision of growth if we don’t take it upon ourselves to venture out on our own time. If we did that more not only would we be able to grow as individuals, but having that sort of conviction and willingness supplements the teams growth.
These past couple of months have been SUCH A BLESSING. And I know that sounds hypocritical for a guy who doesn’t go to mass anymore, but that doesn’t make the statement any less honest and heartfelt and grateful to that supreme being.. whoever/whatever it is that binds us together. I just want people to feel what I feel. Whatever path you think that requires do that for yourself. One thing that I will be self-righteous and unwavering about is that while discerning that path, keep an open mind and be proactive in discovering things in a new light and perspective. Prove yourself wrong. Prove your own biases wrong. Ask questions about life, God, society, the fucking government, the universe, why we distract ourselves more during finals. shit. ”A life unobserved is not worth living.” “A faith unobserved is not worth believing.” Don’t seek support and wait for support. Be your own support. Self-reliance. The people who will support you along the way is just a bonus but not essential. The people who don’t support you, whether they are people you care about or don’t, doesn’t matter because you are your own person. We’re social creatures but our social interactions aren’t our livelihood. We are born alone and we will die alone. I’m not saying all this to say.. I’ve been through it all. I’m making it. I’m a professional. I’m successful. None of that is even relevant. The fact that I performed at this showcase is not a turning point in my life. None of this is to say “look how far I’ve come”, but to say ‘we have come so far, and we’ve got so far to go’. It’s exciting, magnificent, all that soft shit. Perspective. Peace.
Norbert, you’re one of my biggest inspirations in life. I fuckin love you man.