Authenticity versus commercialism
Comments by Fred Bijster’s Where is the Magic in our minds? The words bored, tired, disappointed as mentioned…
January 25, 2013
More is less
By Fred Bijster In ancient Greece some great philosophers influenced the thinking of mankind, even of nowadays. One…
September 17, 2012
The value of dancing is not to understand, but to be entertained
The world of children is one of magical moments. And then we send them to school... First we kill the magic by making them understand, giving logical explanations for all we can see. Then we kill the fun, because once you understand, you can’t do everything you would like to do (knowing the consequences).
April 29, 2012
By Fred Bijster Animals do dance. No question about that. If you ever watched animal behaviour you certainly will agree. Especially in the mating-season they show wonderful and complex patterns of formalized and stylised steps and movements, interacting with a possible partner. A distinct choreography that must be followed in order to be “successful” (whatever that may be).
The Teacher Says…
By Fred Bijster A good friend of mine did primary school and decided that was enough. He was seen as “not one of the brightest” at school. At this moment he is a tycoon in Holland, advising companies and ministers alike, giving lectures everywhere and running some 20 companies of his own.
Thoughts on Objective Judging
By Fred Bijster To limit the judging of any performance to the objective and (by definition) rigid elements only would be an insult to the performer and disallow development in dancing. Apart from the pure fact that judging is done by means of our senses, in itself very subjective instruments to measure anything at all.
Trapped in Time
Change or development? Fred Bijster talks about the difference and how latin dancing gained identity and became less contemporary over time.
February 27, 2012