Our bodies hold our stories and in those stories are great clues to how we perceive our identities and our perspectives. The narrative my body holds spans a vast plain of roles and circumstances including my movement signatures, my emotional responses, embodied values, and histories of action. My movement tends to be smooth, forceful, and … Continue reading My Narrative Body
In my teaching and in the philosophies that guide my work in healthcare, I have moved in thoughtful response to tradition, all the while heading in directions that deviate from the norm. In my personal life, I find myself moving toward tradition in a familial way- in thoughtful, emotional response to the lands and people … Continue reading Tradition, Performance, and the Space In Between
The holidays always inspire reflection. Often, it is the visiting of dear friends whom we only see a few times a year that has me gauging what has changed for us, or what has stayed the same. Easily, 2015 has been filled with change. You know this, if you've been following my journey via this … Continue reading Leaping into Courage. And Community.
Yesterday, as I was making dinner, my thoughts were moving over the people in my life and the roles they have played in shaping my perspectives, the directions I have turned, and how (if) they have moved me closer to the type of person I want to be. I am fortunate in that the list … Continue reading Among Friends
A few weeks ago a colleague asked me if I have finally found my niche. She said she felt as though I have been searching all these years. Everyone I have shared this with since has nodded in agreement, sometimes looking as if they would like to hear the answer. I am grateful for all … Continue reading then
I have added a new page, "Current Offerings and Classes". Now it is up to you to decide how where and when we meet. I am teaching a full load of classes at Happendance (mostly the Lansing location, with a few classes at the Okemos location). Those classes include: Mind-Body Connection (stress reduction, cognition/creativity, and … Continue reading Now presenting….
Gas-lighting. Have you heard of this? I read an article last week that brought it to my attention and I have been thinking about it ever since. The term was made popular by a 1938 play, Gas Light, which was later made into a movie starring Ingrid Bergman. Guess what we'll be watching soon. Here's … Continue reading From Gas-light to Go
I have been teaching for a long time. As in, over twenty years long. Somewhere along the way, within the last four years especially, the needs of my students changed. I became aware of their personal needs out-weighing their technical needs. Their needs are for a safe place to learn and explore, gentle support when … Continue reading Going Rogue
According to Pinterest (I know, I know) Alan Watts said, "Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth." I have written about defining and labeling at several points over the years on this blog as well as for Dance Advantage. I am in the midst of change with my relationship to … Continue reading Biting Your Own Teeth
I am standing at the gate of opportunity; a wide open space. I am here thinking about a post by Seth Godin about how it isn't necessarily the how or the why that matters most in your journey; it is where. Where is the fear? Where is the fear that is holding me back? Fear … Continue reading Where in this Moment