JB ESTRADA

JB ESTRADA: ON THE ABSENCE OF PHYSICAL CONNECTION DURING THE PANDEMIC

BY MARIE ALBERTO

WHAT IS DANCE TO YOU?
        “If I didn’t feel anything, I probably won’t remember it.” To send an unforgettable message about human experience; regret, love or longing –– the song along with the dance must be seen, felt and heard or even smelled by whoever’s watching to the point of zoning out. Just like listening to a song that sends you to a place or a moment. A dancer’s genuine connection to music and visualisation, is what makes their movement both unique and meaningful. And if you give people access to that personal feeling or understanding, that, is an invitation to your dance.

WHY HAS THE ABSNCE OF PHYSICAL CONTACT BEEN DIFFICULT TO OVERCOME WITHIN YOUR PEERS DURING THE PANDEMIC?
        As someone who loves being around people, it took me a while to accept how things will pan out online. Eventually, it became an inward journey of understanding my dance and where I wanted to take it.

        I was forced to refine how I personally train, deconstruct my creative process, and how I can articulate them through the classes I teach, or apply it in the content I create.

WHAT DO YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THE DIGITALISATION OF DANCE?
       Suddenly, there was more time to understand my stance on my artistry, style and how I can influence others through dance programs I offer. And since almost every international dancer became accessible online, I was able to take an online mentorship program and pop up classes.

ANY TIPS?
        (1) 1% of training everyday goes a long way. If you can spend watching a 20 min video on understanding music, that’s already training. The next day, can be 2 songs of foundation training Even 10 full minutes of undivided attention will give you meat to chew on.  
       
        (2) Create for yourself. Own it and never apologise. Everything we put out is a work in progress.

        (3) Pay it forward. Educate! You will feel enriched as you share everything you know, your realisations, discoveries, past learnings to friends or aspiring dancers.