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Fresh, FRESH! Exciiiiiting…

NA NA NA NA naaaaa….

For this past month of August, I have been on tour with Fresh Dance Intensive, ran and operated by an amazing team of not only amazing people, but amazing artists, and for me, has been one of the most amazing learning, growing & life experiences I’ve had up to date. It has pushed me to create things I have never thought to be able to make, utilize teaching methods I never thought I could handle, and most importantly, meet SO many amazingly talented, creative, intelligent people, and am SO happy I can say I am #FRESHfamily with you all! :’)

BUUUUUT, I don’t want this post to be about me, so now that thats out of the way, I can talk about the REAL stuff.

FRESH!

Wow. A loss of words for how amazing this is as a program. As a faculty member, I get to see students work and understand what it means to be an ARTIST, not just a dancer. I get to see students absorb and UNDERSTAND something that, three days ago, was COMPLETELY foreign to them. I get to see students take class and not only learn movement/combos from THE most unique movers in the game right now, but at the same time, learn lessons and gain knowledge that can only be acquired as the result of us faculty members sitting down and debating concepts that push the boundaries of what we knew as dancers/teachers… Some concepts I was thinking about were:

  • Can WE ‘inspire’ inspiration, or can we only provide the tools?
  • What SHOULD the roles of a dancer be when they walk into a room? And are they different then ours as teachers?
  • Finding the difference between ‘full-out’ movement and finding the emotional connection to the physical movement (not performance, but the internal to external connection)
  • The exact effects of supporting your fellow dancers and providing energy as an observer, and if you are ever JUST an observer in class
  • Finding ways to further blur the lines between certain styles, and cross-over concepts specifically designed for one genre and implement it in another (#NeutralPelvis)

It really was amazing to sit back, look in my fresh journal and really see WHAT we were all teaching these kids, and in the past, when I was a student at Fresh, was being taught to me. Of course pushing them technically and physically was an importance, but there are very few opportunities in life where, as a teacher OR as a student, where you get such a blend of physical understanding and conceptual understanding.

Fresh is probably the only time I can think where this happens. I am SO happy to be a part of this, and so happy this exists for students.

 

And to finish this post off, I love everyone!

Red Deer, Calgary, Regina, Ottawa, East York, Georgetown, Toronto, Scarborough, and Medicine Hat, in every city, even if it was for two days, I had gotten SO close to all you faculty members, assistants, even students. To think that I might not see you guys for another year, was tear jerking… so many memories in such a short time….

I MISS YOU ALL! #FRESHfamily2015!!! SEE YOU ALL SOOOOON!!!!

#reginawinsthedubsmashchallenge

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#twentyfifteen yo

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone has fun for the next month accidentally writing “2014” and then scratching it out and rewriting 2015 to fix it, only to make every sheet you write on look like a complete mess…..!

I, like I imagine everyone did, took some time to think about my resolution for the new year, and came up with one perfect for me.

Every day, I plan on doing SOMETHING for my career, for my body and health, and for my family and friends. No matter how small the act, every day, i’ll do something!

AYYYE!

For those that didn’t come up with a resolution, mayyyyybe you want to steal mine….? Or not. Whatever. NBD.

 

New Years resolutions as a concept also made me start thinking about how people are going to change over the next little while. I guarantee theres going to be a lot more positivity in our communities for this next year. I’ve also heard people say “I’m going to be a new version of me!”, so I thought, “HEY, IMMA JUMP ON THAT BANDWAGON! A NEW POSITIVE REID! TOTAL NEW PERSON!”

..but that concept didn’t agree with me all the way.

As much as I am going to add a little bit more positivity into my life, I don’t like the idea of a TOTAL NEW PERSON. I like the idea of working on the qualities that aren’t necessarily your strongest, and staying you at the same time.

For me, it’s all about being real. Always has been, and always will be. #wordup

And what’s real for me, is making life fun! Not worrying about problems! Energy! Acting stupid! (That one more than others…)

Not wandering around thinking of deep quotes to live my life by. Not doing things because it’ll get me extra attention. Not doing things to make me stand above others or make it seem like I know more. Not acting fake.

And here, I’m only speaking for myself, what’s real to me and what’s not.

So that being said…

This year, I’m just going to continue doing things that I would do, and I hope other people do too!

 

Oh and Merry Christmas too. Cause that happened.

 

 

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A New Reid

Believe Key

To say the least, It’s amazing how much a little bit of reflection can do to someone.

HHI was amazing. The environment was crazy, the dancers were crazy, the shopping was crazy! I COULD write a book about all of the things that HHI was, but that’s not why I want to write this post.

The road to HHI and Vegas was also amazing, and a bit more of a priority in context of this post, but still not the main point. I want to thank each and every person in NXG for being who they are, and making the experience what it was. If anyone was gone or not in the picture, it definitely would not have been the same experience. Thank you to Alexander Chung for the amazing training and amounts of care he puts towards our group. Also, just as big of a thank you to Josh and Toni, Jenny and Shaza, all the parents, and everyone else who put in time helping with the set, costumes, organization, and setting up the experience we will all always remember.

I can give praise to everyone endlessly for what they have done to help make HHI and the Vegas trip what it was, but, as selfish as might sound, I want to talk about how this has affected me.

Don’t take this as being ungrateful for everyone’s effort and care put in, as, like I said, I could write a book on how nice, caring and amazing everyone is, but what this trip did to ME, I never would’ve guessed.

 

Summary of the rest of the post; artistic and personal inspiration, but I hope you take the time to read the rest of this, as these, right now, are my most honest feelings.

 

I consider dancers artists rather than athletes, and always will. Dancers do have to have the qualities of an athlete to do what they do, but the base of everything we do is inspiration. That’s the driving force of all creation, and in all honesty, what I have felt from experiencing HHI and the Vegas trip has been my first ‘true’ piece of inspiration.

All the deep conversations and little interactions,

All the large groups and the individual people,

All the things I believed and all the things I now realize, they have given me boundless inspiration.

 

There are so many things I can, will, and have already planned out portraying and expressing through my art in the next who-knows-how-long, and I can’t wait to get started on all of these ideas.

 

Everyone is going to see a new side of me, or I can say now, a side of me that can be labeled as nothing but translucent.

 

I also knew coming back from Vegas and HHI that I’d grow as a dancer, and I more or less expected to grow as a person (as it always ends up that way after a big experience like this one), but what I didn’t expect was that I’d be coming home a completely different person.

I no longer want to be the person who makes blank promises.

I no longer want to be the person who judges before they analyze.

I no longer want to be the person who settles for slightly better than average.

I no longer want to be the person who jumps to conclusions so quickly without any reason.

And I, for sure, don’t want to be the person that lets something that is going to hinder me be a priority.

 

And as much as the statement “actions speak louder than words” can apply to this, I am treating these as much more than just words.

 

This is a pact between me, myself and I.

 

I want all my promises, to others and to myself, to be true in every way.

I want all my observations of situations and events to be open and unbiased, no matter what or who is involved.

I want my best to be the only thing that I produce and portray, no excuses.

I will never draw conclusions, as simple as that.

And I, for sure will place my priorities in things that, after analyzing, deserve it.

 

Like I said, the statement “actions speak louder than words” can apply so strongly to what I’m expressing right now, but I’m not going to let it.

 

To say the least, it’s amazing how much a little bit of reflection can do to someone, and I’m so happy I took the time to reflect on what I have experienced.

 

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The End of a Year

Keeping it short…

This weekend, my last recital of the dance season finished, and looking back at my year, I have nothing negative to say about it at all. A lot of changes happened this year compared to last year, that have really influenced me as a dancer, and a person.

To say the least, this year was amazing.

I can go on and on about everything I have learned, but the one thing that I have learned, is that….. I want to learn?

During this year, I have been so motivated to try new things, improve in different ways, and find new ways to do the things I do now.

I am going to continue to push myself this summer. Thats all I can really say. I will become a different person next year.

 

I want to thank Alexander Chung, Shelley Tookey, and Andrew Merrigan for the amazing training this year, and Sarah Torkoly, Marilyn Merrigan, all the students for choreography for solos, duets, etc. and my parents for helping me enrich my year with teaching, opportunities, and overall positive vibes that motivated me to do my best!

So…. THANK YOU! WOO!

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A Change In A Past Memory

Two weekends ago, I assisted with Street Groove here in Edmonton. This was a huge moment for me, as most of my greatest early dance memories were taking these classes and attending this workshop. It was a huge deal for me to see and experience the other side of things and see what made this workshop so amazing!

The care and effort put in by everyone was phenomenal! It truly made me appreciate everything that’s done to support such an amazing event. There was no lack of enthusiasm and no corners cut when it comes to Street Groove and Groove Street. All the faculty and assistants put their heart and soul into what they’re doing, and it makes me so happy to be a part of that and be around those who do the same as me!

I can go on and on about how amazing this experience was, but I want to summarise it in one sentence.

This was life-changing for me.

I want to say thank you to Alex and Joanne for such an amazing opportunity! You have no idea how much this means to me, and I hope to be a part of this in the future! Love you guys!

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