How to Dance on this Ball of Confusion?
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How to Dance on this Ball of Confusion?

Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to get out of bed in the morning. Worldwide conflagrations. Insane people doing insane things. Jaw-dropping lies being paraded around as truth. Pandemics. Violence. Hell. The suffering of the world has never been more raw and visceral. It’s a lot. Human beings are not built for long-term high…

When the Brakes Go On–but don’t come off…
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When the Brakes Go On–but don’t come off…

I’ve been collecting all this cool stuff to help folks feel more grounded, to regulate the nervous system (so we can recover from the constant HIGH ALERT or Freeze states so many of us have been pushed into over the last—year? Decade? Lifetime? Generations? I’ve been developing windows into creativity and lowering my own bar,…

One Surprise Reason to Embrace Taqsim
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One Surprise Reason to Embrace Taqsim

Life is full of surprises, right? Just look at 2020 0.o Fortunately, this taqsim surprise is more pleasant ; ) I was surprised back in 2011 when I started looking into trauma resolution by its many connections to Oriental dance (in particular the cultural, improvised, personal form of it). The whole letting go, letting the…

Three Ways to Nurture our Souls in Challenging Times
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Three Ways to Nurture our Souls in Challenging Times

Once upon a time, I said something cutting about someone who had never done anything cruel to me or that I knew of. She was only awkward and a little odd (which could easily describe myself). To my horror, she then emerged from a bathroom stall. Our eyes met. She had recently been praised. I…

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…

Resilience and Good Cheer with Dance amid CoVid 19
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Resilience and Good Cheer with Dance amid CoVid 19

I didn’t send out a newsletter last week. I didn’t do much of anything. So it’s ironic to title this resilience and good cheer–but that is what will save us from this long-term Covid 19 grind. I’m glad I’m in VT where people are taking this stay-home order seriously. I’m hopeful my friends and fam–including…

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 Terrifying Thing in Belly Dance? (and how do we tame it?)
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What is the Most Terrifying Thing in Belly Dance? (and how do we tame it?)

Well, maybe it’s a tie with improvisation, but see what you think ; ) A friend of mine had a terrible disaster fall upon her. Several, actually. And she had an event to do. She could barely function, but she hosted the event, and she did her show. We, her friends, sat at the tables…