Our contributors have been busy – this month you will find articles on balancing meals for best performance, attaining physical alignment via the STOTT Pilates method, and using the mental skill of Imagery to balance the cognitive and physical aspects of dance. We are also very excited about an interview with Rachael McLaren of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre!
And to help keep the ideas flowing we have included handy teaching tips and ideas for incorporating this month’s topics into your dancers’ training and daily routine.
Here is a taste of what you’ll find.
Exploring the Possibility: Interview with Rachael McLaren (part 1)
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Rachael McLaren’s training and love of dance began in the dance studios of this bustling city on the prairie. At the age of seventeen she burst out of her comfort zone and travelled to New York, NY to attend a summer program at the Alvin Ailey School and hasn’t looked back since. Today, she is part of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, traveling across North America and around the world as a company member. She sat down with AD4L (on her birthday) to talk about her transition from a teenager in love with ballet to becoming a professional dancer with an internationally acclaimed company.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a professional dancer?
“I don’t think there was on specific moment. Dance was a part of my life since the age of five; it was the one thing I was sure about in my life. Dance was a part of me and would remain a part of me. At fifteen I was thinking about going to university and taking lots of sciences, and looking towards what I wanted to do in my adult life. In my heart I wanted to be a dancer but I didn’t know how to make that dream happen. At this point I began to look for more answers, trying to figure out what it meant to be a professional dancer
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