Magazine article Dance Teacher

A Spoken Spiral

Magazine article Dance Teacher

A Spoken Spiral

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The beautiful images and graceful moves of Buglisi/Foreman Dance continue with dancers Miki Orihara and Stephen Pier in a lift from Donlin Foreman's Mean Ole' World.

The is to a great extent and intimate dialogue between individuals, each of whom has his or her own responsibilities. Through the first four photographs the dancers are working with a spiral in the torso to create the momentum that takes them into and out of the movements, Throughout this partnering conversation the man must always use a very deep plie to move his weight under his partner. The woman's weight is more manageable (for this series) if it is high on the man's torso, i.e., up around his chest. It was not possible to include all of the transitional movements here, but as a result there is more left to your imagination, These movements (conversations) will become more your own the minute you start to figure them out.

Donlin Foreman

step 1

Stephen and Miki start the phrase facing each other with Miki stage right of Stephen. Stephen plies (in a lunge or fourth) on his right leg deeply under Miki in an embrace, his head facing upstage, resting on her chest. His arms, wrapped under her arms, take her hands behind her head, holding her to him with his upper arms around her ribs. He stands and pivots to face stage left. taking a slight arch in his back as Miki arches her back and lifts her legs (pictured).

step 2

Stephen places her down in front of him and she makes a full pivoting turn to her right within his arms, which he holds in a low fifth position. Miki pauses in releve with her right leg front and right knee bent. As she completes the turn, Stephens arms change: with his right hand he takes her left arm; with his left arm he reaches across her chest to support her right arm.

step 3

Pulling her with the grasp he has on her left arm, Stephen turns Miki in the other direction to face him. …

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