"If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut in your creative process, examine what you’re consuming."

05 | Your Creative DIET

I absolutely cannot wait to release the next interview post tomorrow! But before that, I wanted to highlight a theme that keeps popping up in all the interviews so far.

The Importance of your DIET.

Oh yes yes yes. As dancers and creatives, we undoubtedly get into ruts from time to time. Maybe it’s in the form of choreo block, where we’re spitting out the same recycled moves every 8-count. (Like bro I just did that move so why am I naturally doing that same move again? 😑)

We finish choreographing a piece and…it just feels “meh”. In a freestyle session, sometimes it feels impossible to create fresh movement that pushes your growth and expression. Obviously Chicago Dynamic is a dance-centric blog, but this feeling of “stuckness” translates anywhere:  writing, acting, composing.

I know this video has popped up in Facebook threads and casual conversations, but I wanted to reshare and remind with this dope video. As athletes and movers, it’s true that we need to take care of our bodies by eating smart. (Oh man. I’m just thinking of all the fried chicken I ate this week too…my bad. 😅)

But nutrition goes beyond food. Food is one essential part of our diet, but it’s not the only thing. I’ll let the man Saul Williams say it for me in this video:

Check out So Swift's Finesse - she has a weekly Waacking class at the Puzzle Box!

Check out So Swift's Finesse - she has a weekly Waacking class at the Puzzle Box!

So check it – Saul Williams coming through with the wisdom, which easily applies to movement. If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut in your creative process, examine what you’re consuming. If it’s a lot of the same thing, that might be the reason you’re coming up with monotonous movement.

Time to switch up the diet. Take a jazz class. Ballet. Foundationsfoundationsfoundationsss. With all the dope classes at studios like Visceral and the newly-opened Puzzle Box, opportunities are here in Chicago more than ever! So Swift and the Electric Funkateers have regular sessions throughout the year to learn and boogie.

Or maybe try seeking growth through a different medium. Hop into an acting workshop! You’d be surprised how much of your dance background complements acting and vice-versa. Experiment with dancing to different music. Or dancing with people you’ve never gotten down with before.

Or write a blog 😁 – because that’s what I did. ⬛ 

Dancers get down at Drink Some Moves - with plenty of freestyle jamming and karaoke singing action! (Source: Drink Some Moves, Electric Funkateers)

Dancers get down at Drink Some Moves - with plenty of freestyle jamming and karaoke singing action! (Source: Drink Some Moves, Electric Funkateers)