Performing from a Different Place


I am really enjoying trying out different ways of being when I perform.  Instead of trying to push myself out to the audience, last night I was experimenting with just “being” with them.  I was partially successful (in how I felt about it).  On the one hand it feels more genuine, on the other hand, sometimes you have to push a little in order to raise the energy which I didn’t do as effectively at the show last night.  But I do like the part when I drop my fan and shrug at the audience.  Acknowledging it made everybody laugh and put them at ease. It was what I like to call a happy accident:)

Doing Sevillanas with the magnificent, Clara:


About Holly Shaw

Holly Shaw is a San Francisco Bay Area dancer and choreographer who has performed as a soloist with Yaelisa and Caminos Flamencos off and on for several years. Shaw is the creator of the Eve’s Elixir project, a platform for artists of contemporary world dance wanting to bring new ideas to traditional dance forms, and has produced several shows in San Francisco. Her flow between contemporary modern dance, flamenco and Middle-eastern styles makes her a unique choreographer. Shaw has spent years training Bay Area dancers in technique and improvisation, challenging them to dance from a deeper level and uncover their unique style.

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