Classes & Workshops | Confidence | Cultural Appreciation | Improvisation | Personal Style | Self-Compassion

How to Learn Musicality (and why it is possible)

It’s been 49 days since my mother’s passing. I was fortunate that I could visit her in the last few months, to have a funeral, that I had weekly prayers to say for her, and that several drawings came to me during these weeks that seemed to speak to her traversal through the bardo to…

Musicality: Expressing Nuance
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Musicality: Expressing Nuance

In 2010 I saw this improv jazz ensemble at Barbés, a tiny little club in Brooklyn. The musicians were an eclectic assortment rather than an established band. They played music with no structure, before each piece asking the audience for one word to get them going (like many comedy improv ensembles). There was no song. There…

How to Stay Grounded with Improvisation (and why we need to)
Classes & Workshops | Confidence | Creativity | Improvisation | Personal Style | Practice

How to Stay Grounded with Improvisation (and why we need to)

The world is not a pretty picture right now. Bullying and oppression are on the rise. Playing by the rules, following orders, this is not going to save us. So what will help us survive? Improvisation. It’s time to think on our feet, to be ready to change course at a moment’s notice. We need…

How to “Orient” in Oriental Dance (and why it boosts confidence)
Confidence | Fear | Improvisation | Introverts | Performance | Personal Style | Technique

How to “Orient” in Oriental Dance (and why it boosts confidence)

When mammals enter a novel environment, they look around. They explore the space with their eyes. This is called Exploratory Orienting. It is all about curiosity, a relaxed, engaged process. Mammals do it many times in a day. There is also another kind of orienting. Defensive Orienting, which happens in response to a perceived threat,…

Belly Dance: Powerful Medicine for Modern Times
Cultural Appreciation | Fear | Improvisation | Introverts | Personal Style | Practice | Technique | Trauma

Belly Dance: Powerful Medicine for Modern Times

The news is intense, and change is coming. If you’ve been out of the loop for the last few months, check out my FB timeline to get updates and shareable resources, and this post for my stand on these issues. The upshot is that many of us are feeling a teensy bit challenged lately. Thank…