Impro feels like home for the little girl in me. She breaks free from the rules and boundaries and gets to use her imagination to play, have fun and be spontaneous in a supportive environment. As adults, we forget how important it is to create space for these things. Spontaneity and play is actually a core emotional need that leads to rigidity and unrelenting standards when we don’t get to experience them as a child and don’t give it to ourselves as an adult.
In today's blog, we're doing something a little bit different for Valentine's Day! We all know that impro brings people together. It's a great way to make a new best friend or simply widen your social circle. But did you know that a number of IM performers and students have met their long term partners through impro? Today's guest bloggers are two long-time IM performers who turned "Yes And" into "I Do"...
"The Arts and Fitness - not a common pairing. When I started coaching, I watched other coaches to learn. Coaches with no background in the arts or performance explain and demo their classes and how members just kind of went through the motions rather than being actually present in the room and watching and listening to them, excited to jump in. I knew there had to be a better way."
I used to think that being a leader was about becoming enough of an expert that you could be right most of the time, and then telling other people what to do. They’d do it because your ideas were “better” than theirs, right? Wrong. First of all, I don’t know how I’d ever deal with the pressure if I felt like the success of 25 people’s work depended on me giving each of them instructions that they would follow to the letter. Secondly, who wants to work for that kind of boss?