My Body’s Notebook

Happy National Poetry Month from Stance on Dance!

BY CONSUELO GONZALEZ; ILLUSTRATION BY CAMILLE TAFT

A prayer
is rolling in like fog on the smooth wood floor, waiting
to be kicked up by our heels and toes
and stirred.

A prayer
is our energy focused,
dancing a trio, moving
from this side to the other with our arms outstretched,
our feet echoing each other’s, our eyes aware
our hearts concentrated.

A prayer
is rarely spoken of as such—
usually other words, like
connection
desire
grace
intention
inspiration
communion
meditation… get spoken instead.
But prayer?

Prayer, the word, was spoken that day, and in the same sentence
as the word performance!
So often these two words
are juxtaposed
in my heart’s mind.
Definitely a favorite page
in my body’s notebook.

Consuelo Gonzalez-My Body's Notebook

Consuelo Gonzalez loves improvising, both as a performer and writer, and often gains inspiration from her wonderful Contemplative Dance Practice community in Seattle. Read more of her poetry here: www.52dances.com.

Camille Taft is an 18-year-old dancer living in Longmont, CO, who has trained throughout her life in primarily ballet and modern dance. With both her parents as visual artists, she has always appreciated the excitement that comes from a collaboration of mixed media, and was thus overjoyed to have the opportunity to work with Stance on Dance.

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