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Mindful : April 2015
Dance has always been part of my life. As an artist I’m constantly revealing myself, flipping myself inside out only to have someone determine whether I’m good enough. Meditation allows me to honor myself, to see that what I have to give is unique, and that ’s what makes it va luable. There’s space in the world for all artists—meditation allows me to find my place. I started dancing when I was young, and I had an early fascination with Cirque du Soleil—my parents, who were always incredibly supportive, had a VHS copy of Nouvelle Expérience, one of Cirque’s early shows. I was intrigued, but as a dancer in training I never saw myself heading in that direction. After g raduating high school, I at tended the Rotterdam Da nce Acad- emy in the Netherla nds, where I got my formal training. I stayed in Europe for several years, working for small Euro- pean compa nies—just stretching my legs. I returned to North America as a dancer in a show with Celine Dion, where I was the youngest cast member. After t wo- and-a -half years dancing with the show in Las Vegas, I got a phone call from Cirque du Soleil. They were testing out a new touring show, called “Delirium”: a blend of rock, cirque, travel. And I was lucky to be part of that. It was such a change, and it was fabulous. Right away I was thrown into this stew of life: coming into Cirque du Soleil you’ve got da ncers, you’ve got the gymnast from Russia, people who don’t speak English, all learning and growing together through the creation of a show. And it’s the show itself that becomes the common language. It’s a wonderful place to start: coming together to make art, and getting to know each other in the process. After “Delirium” I spent a few years freelancing and working with a con- temporar y dance company in Montreal, Canada. Around 2007, after taking an interest in meditation years earlier, As a professional dancer and former Cirque du Soleil performer, I’m always moving—both in body and mind. Amid the thrill of my hectic life, meditation allows me to slow down, breathe, and remember there’s always space to just be. By Eira Glover Photograph by Matt Beard Circus Life I finally took the time to be formally introduced to meditation. My challenge in my practice is to take time to focus on my breath, as opposed to: “I’m going to sit here now a nd solve all of the world’s problems.” When I’m able to let it all go, I really reap the benefits. Whenever I work with Cirque du Soleil, my schedule is quite hectic. Most recently, as a dancer in Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles LOVE” at The Mirage in Las Vegas, I made sure to do 15 minutes of meditation every morning a nd 15 min- utes in the evening, as well a half-hour of yoga a day, minimum. I quickly realized how important meditation was in helping me stay grounded, because my life is all over the place. Now I’m traveling a nd devoting most of my time to yoga a nd meditation. The longest I’ve stayed in one place since I was growing up has been a few years, so meditation and yoga have become a home for me—my practice is what keeps me stable and happy. ● April 2015 mindful 29 body