Magazine article Dance Magazine

Why I Dance

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Why I Dance

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A lush, fluid dancer with meticulous control, Cecily Campbell has a gift for exploring details within the subtlest of movements. The New Mexico native began training in ballet at age 6 with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet School (then the Santa Fe Dance Foundation) before moving to NYC to earn her BFA at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Campbell joined Shen Wei Dance Arts in January 2008. She has toured with the company around the U.S., Italy, and Canada, performing a featured solo in Re(Part I). Campbell stands out onstage for her exceptional musicality and curiosity about movement. She will appear with SWDA at the American Dance Festival next month.

I am endlessly fascinated by the body in motion. Living in New York, I am constantly surrounded by a frenzy of physical activity, hundreds of people engaged in the movements of day-to-day life. These simple movements are a kind of common denominator between us as humans, something we share at a very basic level.

But the body is also an extraordinary vessel, capable of extraordinary things. I spend my work day in the studio challenging my body to extend outside of itself, to play, uninhibited, beyond what is comfortable, what is common. For me, part of the adventure is that search for a new physical language. When I am dancing, I can feel the subtle and constant communication running between my head, heart, muscles, nerves, and gravity. The moments in the studio or onstage when I can feel those lines of communication humming at their highest resonance are the moments that fill me the most.

I am also intrigued by the kind of physical intelligence we develop as dancers. I really enjoy the process of learning new material or being given a motivation for creating movement, and then digesting that information and seeing how it translates into my own physicality. …

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