Work Dance!

Over at ArtFabrik, Laura Wasilowski blogged about how working in a messy studio made her comfortable and productive.  Here’s a term you may or may not have heard.  Work Dance.  When I was still working, most of the teachers would start to show up in their classrooms anywhere from a month to two weeks ahead of the first work day.  Some would immediately set up the room, decorating the bulletins boards and arranging the desks.  Others would sit down in the midst of the summer cleaning mess and plan out a year-long curriculum, getting their minds in gear immediately.  Still others would have another process.  A conference speaker once referred to this as the “work dance”.  Everyone has their own “work dance” routine.  I always had to have the classroom looking perfect before I could begin to plan out the lessons and processes.  My environment had to be set, even on a daily basis, as I always cleaned up and organized the room before sitting down to look over the students’ daily work.

Some teachers never seemed to have the need for a decorative or organized environment.  I envied the way they could hone in on whatever task was at hand and  move out the door towards home more quickly.  No particular way was the “right” way, but we learned we all had unique “work dances”.  I taught this term to my students so they could begin to understand themselves and also to tolerate better the other 32-36 students with whom we shared our limited space.  We each danced to our own music, but tried to keep the same beat!  In our studios now, we can dance to whatever beat or music enthralls us that day – we are very fortunate!


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Wife, mother, retired educator, emerging artist. Mary has lived in 10 states and enjoyed them all ~ Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Hawaii, California, Utah, Minnesota (return), North Carolina with long term visits to Colorado and Arizona. She likes to travel and create textile art. She has exhibited at the Page-Walker Art Gallery and History Center in Cary, North Carolina; Emerald Art Center, Springfield Oregon; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Spartanburg ArtIst Center, Spartanburg, GA; Durham-Orange Quilt Show; Minnesota Quilt Show; the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Quilt Fest of New Jersey.
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5 Responses to Work Dance!

  1. Jani says:

    I’m glad to know there is a “name” for my ability to work in the disorganized office the way I do — that must by my “work dance”!


  2. candktravels says:

    Love the “work dance”. I think I do that a lot, especially when I am trying to organize!


  3. muniqueblog says:

    Enjoyed your company once again at the potluck, last night, Marie! What good cooks we are, eh?


  4. Marie Milazzo says:

    You and I would have been great dance partners….seems we “hear” the music the same way.


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