Tag Archives: movement

Conversation: Reaching Across The Space Between

Originally posted on Sirena Tales:
I am standing in dance class, watching the gorgeous, masterful teacher demonstrate the movement for the umpteenth time.  Movement that is seemingly simple, yet turns out to be highly challenging, even for those of us…

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Courage or Comfort: A Dialogue in Hip Hop

Originally posted on Sirena Tales:
As much as I wanted to attend, I almost didn’t get myself to a recent hip hop class with some renowned master artists.  ‘Didn’t think my temperamental, 58-year-old joints and tetchy ego could handle it.…

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How Dancing Saved My Life

Originally posted on Sirena Tales:
Sounds dramatic, right?  Yet, I realized once again last week that the seeming hyperbole is actually spot on in so many ways. I had been sitting alone in my kitchen, crying.  Feeling powerless to help…

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Still Dancing

Originally posted on Sirena Tales:
In Dani Shapiro’s marvelous “Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life,” she shares a classic anecdote in an artist’s life.  Her friend, who is a notable sculptor, is asked at a dinner…

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An Invitation For Playfulness: Santa Hat Chronicles

The night clerk stocking shelves calls over to me with a big grin on his face, “Hey, Santa, I’ve been really good this year!”  He proceeds to joke with me about how he hopes I’ll be  rewarding his behavior at … Continue reading

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Practicing Resilience: Life Lessons from Dancing

The multifaceted, community event I have been helping to organize for the past 3 and 1/2 months was beginning to unravel the other day.  The day before the event :). As a series of phone calls, emails and conversations in … Continue reading

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Falling down: life lessons from the dance studio

Originally posted on Sirena Tales:
How to fall.  What an amazing lesson contemporary dance teaches. Yessirree, as a contemporary dancer, I’ve spent decades learning and rehearsing how to fall well, i.e as safely and organically as possible.  How cool that…

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