How to Map Your Music (so you can always find your way)
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How to Map Your Music (so you can always find your way)

It’s important for us to understand the meaning of lyrics in songs we dance on. It’s important to understand the cultural relevance of things like improvisation ad micromovement. Knowing these things makes our dance better, more nuanced, more authentic. It’s also important to understand the structure of our music–so we don’t get lost, so we…

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

Belly Dance: Powerful Medicine for Modern Times
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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…

Sacred Dance Summit (+ Fun Things to D)
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Sacred Dance Summit (+ Fun Things to D)

I’m so pleased many folks have enjoyed my interview for Sacred Dance Summit! The Summit been a wonderful opportunity for me to share my experiences with others.   My interview, and those of our other four speakers, will be available free through May 8–register here to get access.   Leslie Zehr author of “The Alchemy…

Is our Dance Sacred?
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Is our Dance Sacred?

The word sacred or spiritual or anything like that sets some of our teeth on edge. I generally avoid these words, but  my practice is certainly spiritually nurturing for me as well as healing (plus good exercise, a mind-body practice, and generally an amazing package of benefits! My teaching is geared to helping others feel…

Why It Doesn’t Matter What You Do
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Why It Doesn’t Matter What You Do

The 90 Day Dance Party starts on Sunday! We’re counting down with Love Notes every week. This one is from 2015.  One of the main movement practices of the 90 Days (and Sufi-based Dancemeditation, on which the 90 days is based), is the idea of allowing the body to lead, to move as it wishes. This can be…

What is the Most Beautiful Move?
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What is the Most Beautiful Move?

Think of the most wonderful dancer you’ve ever seen. Everything they do entrances you—every action feels perfect. You notice only the energy and the love. Joy and warmth suffuse your soul. You feel loved and loving, uplifted and happy. At the end, you applaud wildly, wishing only for more. How do they do it? How…