The Winning Idea for Your Ideas in Motion Contest 2017!

Thank you all for your great  ideas!

The winning idea is to create a dance of transformation using Fred Simon’s music “Time and the River” and randomly picking a quote  from the book “The Emotionally abused Woman”.  Submitted by April Van Dam.

 Ideas submitted:

1. How I’d love to be a kid again!  I adore watching kids doing anything and remember learning to tap when I was 5! The spontaneity, the glee, the   wonderful naiveté…should not be forgotten.        Submitted by Connie Foster

2.  “The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”― David W. Orr                                Submitted by Sara Shafran

3. “I see 9 brides        each dress is a different color (royal, g, b, v)   plus a white and black one       dancing frenetically    wearing Trump masks  shooting each other ”   Submitted by Steven Gross

4. The human body from onset of birth through development to full maturity and then the aging process to death.   How we move as a species during the full Human life cycle.“Time” is an element, “Body” (physical attributes) of   each cycle, “speed” of life cycle, and the “transition” through each milestone.       Submitted by Kathryn Hofman

5. Beer Dance –Floral, citrus, dark, spice, smoke, clove, banana, chocolate…these are some of the words used to describe local microbrewery beers. Can these beers inspire a dance? What movement is suggested by a bitter IPA, a lager, a  stout?   Submitted by Pamela Strateman

6. Make America Kind Again, a dance that represents us coming together as one people and celebrates our immigrant heritage. You could feature dances that we associate with these groups, then culminate in multicultural dances that all of us like to dance to. You could even end with an interpretation of the song I wish were our national anthem:  “My Country Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty… it ends with “and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.”   Submitted by Jeanne Freed

7.  Pi ( the geometric symbol of pi)—I always like word puns and so I think about the geometric pi but I am also thinking about our relationship with the food of life, that we want our piece of pie and what happens when we get it and when we don’t.     Submitted by April Van Dam

8. Lace—The beauty of lace is in what is not there as well as what is there. A time to appreciate empty spaces.       Submitted by April Van Dam

9. To create a dance of transformation using Fred Simon’s music “Time and the River” and randomly picking a quote  from the book “The Emotionally abused Woman”.  Submitted by April Van Dam.

10. The stuff of small things—I just like the sound of this but as a scientist’s daughter I do appreciate minute bacterias and microbes and mitrochondrias. It fascinates me that big things are really a creation of a gazillion small things that work together. Submitted by April Van Dam

11. The Transformation of the Trump Inside Us. The ‘T man’ would consist of a bunch of people(stuck together), with maybe the tallest having the orange hair. And the choreography would show the narcissistic swagger and getting his way. Then ‘HE’ would come up against a ‘woman-shadow like figure’–a bit scary And here the transformation would begin–maybe one of the smaller figures would peel off and began to pout–and maybe there would be some ‘discipline’ from the rest– that was left. But ‘IT’ would stand on it’s own demanding it’s independence. (Probably a woman). Then in the interaction  with what is left of the T-Man would interact and another would peel off. And each would have a different side that would ‘mature’ from a childlike petulant type to a more ‘mature’ being. The end would be a group-ness/togetherness, but this  time the ‘Individuals’ are coming together and relating in a loving way.   Submitted by Bill Webster



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