I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing and Learning to Tell a Great Story.

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing and Learning to Tell a Great Story.

A Great Story Makes the Dance

A great dance performance always has a story.

It might be a love story set to a song based on romantic Persian poetry. The Persians really know how to tell a romantic story!

Maybe it’s the story of the love affair between a girl and her drum.

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing and Learning to Tell a Great Story.
The story of a love affair between a girl and her drum. Mary Ann Benoit.of Tavus Dance Company.

Maybe it is the story of an epic battle between warrior queens.

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing and Learning to Tell a Great Story.
Kaleido World Percussion and Dance Company performing a battle of the warrior queens. Choreography by Mary Ann Benoit.
I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing and Learning to Tell a Great Story.
Kaleido World Percussion and Dance Company performing a battle of the warrior queens. Choreography by Mary Ann Benoit.

It can be anything. The key s that there is an interesting journey, with a beginning, middle, and end. The path leads the audience to a final destination, feeling, revelation, or something that moves them in some way.

The choreography is the story and the choreographer is the master storyteller.

The dance has meaning.

It is not just a collection of a dancer’s favorite moves set to music so that it looks pretty and the dancer can show off what they can do. 

That’s like someone reading an encyclopedia to you instead of a story. BORING!

Every move has a meaning and all of them together create the magic. There is nothing more or less than needed to tell the perfect story.   

A great story is authentic to the storyteller, comes from the heart, and is told so the audience can relate it to their own experience.

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing and Learning to Tell a Great Story.
Mary Ann Benoit in traditional Afghan costume with a daf near Resurrection Bay, Seward, AK.

Sometimes the story can take on a life of its own if it captures people’s imagination. For example, in the picture above, fellow dancer Doreen Valadez  took this photo in Seward, Alaska next to Resurrection Bay of me in an Afghan folk dance costume, as part of the story for this dance. Somehow it got picked up in Iran by the Ministry of Culture, went a little viral over there, and was noted as an Iranian girl at the Caspian Sea.

Interior Design Lessons from Dance

What does it have to do with Interior Design? A great story is the key to a beautiful dance and room.  This is Part 7 in my revelations from dancing on how to create your perfect space.

The older I get, the more I realize the connections between all things artistic. The same principles apply to making the magic happen in Interior Design or any other art form. You just need to open your eyes, listen, and feel it to notice.

It always seems to come back to the alignment between art (creativity), science (color), and energy (connection) that makes the magic happen. I use this alignment to create both beautiful dance pieces and interiors.

Learn more in my other six articles:

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Bring on the Bling.

I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- There Can Only Be One Star.

I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Be Brave.

I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Create Drama with Shapes.

I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Create Drama with a Focal Point.

I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing.

How Does a Great Story Relate to Interior Design?

Just like the perfect dance, a beautiful room has meaning.

It is not just a collection of your favorite decor items put in the same room so it looks pretty, like the dancer showing off their favorite moves without a story.

I often see people trying to create their perfect space by buying all the things they love over time, with no plan,  and hoping for the magic to appear. It rarely turns out well.

As in the dance where every move has a meaning, and there is nothing more or less than needed to tell the perfect story, the same is true for your room. 

If you have too many things, the room feels crowded and chaotic, and the star of your room can not shine. Too few things and it feels like something is missing and loses the feeling of comfort and connection.

It is important to start with a plan and figure out first what story you want to tell. That story can be your personal style, the story of your travels, your life, your family, or whatever has special meaning to you.

It’s important to have your beginning, middle, and end. The end is generally your focal point or star of your show as I mentioned in a previous article. The beginning should be an interesting entrance to your space that directs you to the focal point. The middle is all the other pieces of the room that support your story. 

A Story of the Great Conjunction

Here is an example. In this room, the story is about the alignment of positive energy, and how energy is important in our lives.

The focal point and star of the show is my fractal art which I call the” Great Conjunction” collection. The art was inspired by an event on 12-21-20 when the planets “aligned” from our point of view on Earth and the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn occurred. Learn more about this project in my blog article, Do You Need an Alignment?

The art, and star of the show is the first thing you notice as you enter. The shapes in the rug lead you to the focal point and all the other pieces support it.

The colors are vibrant, inspiring, and energetic.

You can see the supporting characters in this story below. Some contain affiliate links.

The Story of Serenity Through Watercolors

The story of this office is “serenity”. It was designed for an artist that loves watercolors because the colors and flow of the art make her feel serene. This office was designed with the watercolor mural as the focal point. I designed a series of fractal art prints called “Watercolor” to go with it. The modern global design style is clean and uncluttered and filled with calming blue tones.

What is Your Story?

Your story is authentic to you, your life, your style, your energy, and the mood you want to create. Consider the story you want to tell, develop a plan, and think about how you want to tell it to create your perfect space.

Are You Ready to Tell Your Story?

Now that you know some of the elements that work together to create your perfect space, are you ready to take action to make it happen in your home?

Let’s tell your unique story and find the alignment of art, science, and energy that makes you happy.  Let me help you take that trip to your perfect space in a Ferrari instead of a stagecoach. Try my Aligned Design consultation and let’s get started.

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I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing and Learning to Tell a Great Story.

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Mary Ann Benoit

President- Northern Lights Home Staging and Design Owner- Arctic Paradise Bed and Breakfast Artist- Stained Glass, Jewelry and Alcohol Ink Art Wildlife Biologist Director- Kaleido World Percussion and Dance Company Director- Tavus Dance Company of Alaska Lover of music, art, dance and animals.

6 thoughts on “I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing and Learning to Tell a Great Story.”

  1. I love this comparison of design with dance – a bunch of pretty moves (or furnishings) set to music (or in a room) is not compelling, but a STORY is! Personalized design that tells a story is the difference between a ho hum room and a spectacular room that is life-giving. Who doesn’t want THAT?!

    1. I love that, spectacular and life-giving!! Think how much happier people would be if that all had that in their spaces.

  2. I agree that your home should tell the story of your life. What a beautiful analogy between dance and interior design.

    1. Thanks so much, I have been really enjoying writing it and exploring the connections and alignment between 2 of the art forms I love. Thanks for reading.

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