One of the processes of a developing dancer and a performer seeking ways to enrich one’s art is to seek opportunities to be adjudicated by other experts or aficionados within the field. Remembering that the actual definition of adjudication is the act of pronouncing judgment based on the evidence presented. For a dancer, we refer to that as getting feedback from what is being “left on the stage”.
It is such a rewarding process requiring much more avenues of reaching additional dance organizations and dance classes. I believe San Antonio could utilize an supplemental opportunities of adjudication.
Currently, there is the WIP (Works-in-Progress/Wednesdays-in-Performance) sponsored by Jump Start Performance Company & SADU (San Antonio Dance Umbrella) which is normally scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of every month. This event is held at the Sterling Houston Theater at Jump-Start in the Blue Star Arts Complex. General admission is $5 and $3 for students and senior citizens. No reservations are necessary.
Many dance companies, organizations and individual artists have been highly rewarded not with monetary awards, scholarship or prizes but with enrichment of growth, audience appreciation and feedback that do anything but belittle the individual or dance piece but offer different avenues of looking at their artistic performance piece. The words and descriptive nature of how the audience interprets the piece plays a part in the re-direction or the elaboration of the piece. Such presentations ranging from ballet & lyrical to aerial presentations to modern and contemporary dance to flamenco and ballet folklorico have all benefited from such events.
A similar event took place in Corpus Christi, Texas sponsored by Corpus Christi Ballet, celebrating dance through not only a dance gala and concert but dance adjudication and workshops with some of North America’s renowned dance artists as adjudicators. This will be included in a follow up article focusing on the reach of this new festival to dancers from around the state of Texas and the consistent attendance of one of San Antonio’s multi-disciplinary dance companies, La Imagen de San Antonio.
Though the eruption of talent competitions has arise on the popular television shows that have opened interest by America in developing their youth’s or their own personal performance talent, I still can’t let go of the simplicity of where it all started; we dance (or sing) the best we can that we have either choreographed or been taught. We then receive sincere feedback and make corrections and build on what we receive. We appreciate and we build and grow in both our physical capabilities and our maturity in understanding that we are a never-ending Work in Progress in dance and in life.