Beginner Classes and Experienced Students

In the dance community many events have a ‘drop-in’ class that is aimed at teaching fundamentals for beginners to help introduce new people to the dance. The classes typically start with the fundamentals of posture and movement and then build in the basic structures of the dance, teach a move, etc. Though the class is …

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Having a Network of Support In Your Life

The nuclear family is a relatively new western invention. The idea that your life romantically and supportively should be based around a single partnership, largely to the exclusion of all others, is actually quite a strange one. Recently I had someone lecture me on the wisdom of having more than one source of support in …

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Frustration is a Natural Part of Learning

Have you ever experienced a supreme frustration with learning? The feeling that you’re just not getting something; that a concept or technique is just beyond your reach and challengingly so or perhaps just not coming fast enough? This state of frustration is a core and natural part of the learning process. I don’t know that …

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The Good In Your Life Deserves Your Attention

Be careful where you put your energy. Where you put your attention is what grows. If you allow yourself to spend too much time dwelling in a bad place you may find that the outcome is steered toward what you most fear might occur. It’s easy to let our mind get caught into negative paths …

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The McDonald’s French Fry Effect

McDonald’s french fries are a wonderful combination of salty and sweet. Crisp and just a little bit soft as you chomp them down. This is what you might imagine as you pass by a McD or see someone snacking on a pack three at a time. In the past I have often succumbed to such …

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Explore it, Then Do it Like You Mean It. Two Stages of Learning.

Anna’s arms extended out into the cut, the point of her sword wavering her body ever so slightly withdrawn, the extension of her arms slightly slack. The motion was essentially correct but every part of it was executed with doubt as if she were exacting over every detail and wondering if she was doing it …

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Creating Space for Feelings without Triggering Yourself or Others

Alright feeling and expressing emotions [link] is great but what do I do if as soon as I say how I feel the other person explodes? Emotions can be like dynamite. Useful in industry but highly dangerous for children. Most of us are still children when it comes to emotions and like children to act …

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Living with Integrity

What does it mean to live with Integrity? A ship has integrity when its hull is sound, its ballast is even, all of its parts are in alignment. It is buoyant and runs smoothly in the water. I think of my own integrity being the alignment of my thoughts, words, and deeds. It is looking …

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Room to Experiment

It’s easy in learning to live in a space that moves between the lesson and the performance and thus never truly explore and internalize technique. The dance floor is not the environment that is conducive to building foundational ownership of technique. You need somewhere that is open to active dialog with yourself and your partner. …

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Getting Out From Under the Bottomless Todo List

Sometimes life can become rather overwhelming. The todo list can seem to stretch for miles with no apparent way to the bottom of it. The top priority items calling for your attention seem to battle with one another for supremacy and the will to keep going is hard to find; overcome by the constant fear …

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