If you’ve heard L2D’s Marci Hartvigsen describe why she loves our dancers to be exposed to as many choreographers as possible, you’ll understand why we’ve chosen to take a few famous fashion icon quotes and turn them into a dance related blog post. We’ll also use them to explain our Artistic and Company Director’s theory. Dance and Fashion, explained by Marci…or maybe just interpreted by us.
We will begin with Miuccia Prada when she said, “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.”
You see, Marci has told our dancers once…or several times…that dance isn’t just broken down into genre’s of jazz, hip hop, contemporary, modern, jazz funk and so on. Each choreographer has a personal style within a genre and every time you’re exposed to a new choreographer it’s like hanging another “outfit” in your dancer closet. To borrow the quote from Prada’s creator and correlate it to our world of dance, how our dancers present themselves to the world through another “instant language”, the language of dance, is just as important. (If we do say so ourselves.)
It was said by Bill Cunningham, designer of women’s hats, that “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” And that’s exactly what Marci means when she exposes all of our dancers to new choreographers and new styles. Like armor, having the ability to pull from past exposure of style and choreographer nuances is preparing you to meet the demands of new pieces for competition pieces, conventions, auditions and other opportunities.
“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” said Edith Head, eight time academy award winning costume designer. Just like dressing for anything, if you are prepared with a closet full of “dance outfits” you are prepared to conquer the dance world one opportunity at a time. Where ever you want your path to lead, if you have a stocked closet, you can “dress for it” and make it happen.
We will end our little fashion and dance journey with the wise words from designer Marc Jacobs. He said, “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” Just as Marc applies this to clothes, we can easily apply this to dance. When you learn from incredible choreographers…and we have at Luv 2 Dance…if you don’t live in those styles, practice them, perfect them, study the small details of them and use them to expand your dance vocabulary…then what good will they do.
Our dancers love when we have the opportunity to learn from so many brilliant choreographers. From in house workshops to outside conventions, we are so excited that we are all gaining quite the wardrobe from all these incredible opportunities. So there you have it dancers, stock those dancing closets! Marci said so.