Rituals have played, and continue to play, a vital role in shaping human history. In their many and evolving forms, rituals forge connections and strengthen the foundation of families and communities. From birthday celebrations, weddings, religious ceremonies to even the simple act of applauding after a performance, these shared customs and traditions are emotionally gratifying. Even [...]
I have spent the majority of my life traveling throughout the world. As I meet and interact with people from different cultures and climates around the globe, I am always eager to hear their stories and perspectives. These are opportunities for me to better understand not just others, but myself and where I come from. [...]
As humans, we are innately drawn to storytelling. Historically, storytelling was a means for spreading and expanding knowledge. Stories allow us to develop a better understanding of ourselves and of others, and they play a large role in shaping who we are. However we tell a story (movement, film, song, photo) we are striving to [...]
Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can offer with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation, but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Photo: Cheeky Monkey (2008) by Andy Rennie. Flickr License. Flickr photo page.
Dance is bigger than the physical body. Think bigger than that. When you extend your arm, it doesn't stop at the end of your fingers, because you're dancing bigger than that: you're dancing spirit.¹ Judith Ann Jamison, Dancer and Choreographer. Currently Artistic Director Emerita, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater ¹Quote from Jamison's autobiography, Dancing Spirit, published [...]
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end. Ursula K. LeGuin Most of us have heard the saying "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans".¹ The same can happen for goals. Both short-term and long-term goals are good [...]
I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep to find for words. Ruth St. Denis As an exercise just for fun, think back on your belly dance performances and imagine that someone in the audience was watching your dance as communication or expression. What did your [...]
"Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music." William Edgar Stafford (1914-1993) By the time we are adults, we have developed filters on the way we perceive and hear things. We organize and prioritize what sounds are important for specific tasks, moments, and situations. If we are crossing a busy intersection, [...]