Being famous or infamous for publicly attacking the A-List beauty Natalie Portman hopefully will not be your major calling in life or for what you will finally be remembered by. article, photo article, photo

The informative site explains, “Sarah Lane, who served as Natalie Portman’s dance double in the ballet drama “Black Swan,” says she “definitely” wasn’t given the credit she feels she deserves for her work on the movie. Portman’s performance won the Oscar for best actress at the Academy Awards earlier this year; she didn’t thank Lane from the stage. Now, with a debate about her contributions to the film brewing on the Web, Lane is speaking out.”

Ms. Portman wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Ah….yeah. Thought so.

Some things are best left unsaid.

Here is what we are willing to say.

The days of women’s submission wrestling and modern dancers performing at the same event is getting closer. It’s a process. It’s a cultural shift but we are trying to get you warmed up to the idea. We’re certain that when you attend that you are going to love it.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance……..Alan Watts

Both sports have high energy, excitement and sometimes drama. Not to mention incredibly great looking strong gorgeous girls.

In our industry Andre Shakti danced for nine years and the former LWS and current British star Sable is a formally trained dancer as well.

Sable LWS Wrestler Is Very Impressive!

Andre Shakti Wrestles When She’s Not Traveling

Female Competition International is going to progressively introduce you to the dance culture which is broad, diverse, complex and substantial.

The dance site weighs in on how the general public knows so little about dance but should make an effort to understand this rare and exquisite art form better. “This page exists to educate and inform the public on the art and material of an overlooked, very misunderstood, American art form: Modern Dance. article, wikimeida photo article, wikimeida photo

Regrettably, dance is one of the four major art genres not offered in the public schools, and sadly, very scantily and simplistically in most private schools. This fact limits its exposure. Over time it results in a public uninformed and uneducated on the art of dance.

Why is this so?

Administrators unfortunately are not aware of dance as a viable form because they themselves were never exposed to educational dance in schools when they were young as they were with the other art forms of music, art and theater. Coupled with the unfortunate fact that a hard stigma exists with dance and boys, well … you gets the picture. “So You Think you Can Dance” brought to the forefront the commercial contemporary dance view, (i.e. fusions of dance, including musical theater and jazz) and raised awareness of other dance forms, but never does the show ever mention the term, modern dance.”

Hopefully over time that will change and we are making an effort to be a part of that change.

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.….Jiddu Krishnamurti

When she did speak regarding her dance experience during the film, Natalie Portman was quoted as saying, “Find the pleasure in the pain.” article, wikimeida photo article, wikimeida photo

Who influenced her to say that?

Welcome to the world of Ohad Naharin.

Have you heard of him? In the coming years you mostly likely will hear more about him and the other masters in the world of contemporary modern dance as they meld with our women’s submission wrestling world. article, photo article, photo

Ohad Naharin was born in 1952 in Kibbutz Mizra. Raised in an artistic home, he wrote stories, composed music, and painted as a child. His father held a doctorate in psychology, was previously an actor, and his mother was a dance teacher. Nevertheless, Naharin did not start dancing until age 22.

During his first year with the Batsheva Dance Company, Martha Graham visited Israel and invited Naharin to join her dance company in New York. He attended Juilliard and the School of American Ballet.

In 1978, he married Mari Kajiwara, a native New Yorker and an Alvin Ailey dancer. In 2001, she died of cancer at age 50.

He is now married to Eri Nakamura, a Batsheva dancer (see Hadassah magazine Feb/March 2015). He has a daughter named Noga.

The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.….Mata Hari

That is his past. The great news source brings us up to speed on his present. “Slowly, Ohad Naharin has become one of the most important living choreographers. A former student of Martha Graham, artistic director and co-founder of the Israeli Batsheva dance company, he is now the sort of choreographer with whom Natalie Portman trains in preparation for Black Swan.”

Gaga is the movement system that Mr. Naharin created and is famous for. It has been compared to everything from yoga and pilates to Feldenkrais and aikido. Developed in response to a back injury Naharin sustained, it has become the basis of Batsheva training and choreography.

The revealing site provides an additional take on the subject. “Gaga is a movement language which Ohad Naharin developed over the course of many years and which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members. The Gaga/people track was developed for everyone and at every age, and it is studied by an increasing number of people at the Suzanne Dellal Centre, in Jerusalem, and in other locations in Israel, New York, San Francisco, London, Belgium, and around the world.”

Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.…..Martha Graham

At the turn of the century the choreographic field exploded with new ideas. In the 1940’s modern dance choreography included revolutionary work by Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Mary Wigman as well as many other modern dance artists. At last the palette a choreographer used to create dance-works was filled with the rich material of varied, raw colors, dynamic energy and emotions with which they could utilize. The work now expressed “feelings” and “intellectual ideas” rather than merely works that expressed dancer as an “object” for entertainment purposes.

Without the knowledge of these basic modern dance concepts created at the turn of the century by these visionary and courageous artists, dance as ballet would have stayed stuck in a technique that was 300 years old. article, wikimedia photo article, wikimedia photo

At Female Competition International we are ecstatic about the evolution of dance in general and female sports in particular. The future looks bright, energetic and exciting. So, when you think of modern contemporary dance and women’s submission wrestling, imagine them both occurring on the same venue at the Dojo.

It is the future and we hope the future is to now.

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