This week, we played with the energetic balance of yang and yin, fire and water, fierce and soft by dancing DragonFish: my version of Britta von Tagen’s routine Dragon. We’ll come back to it when I return from my adventures!

As I get ready to take a break from summer in the South, I’m deeply aware of how extraordinarily lucky I am. And not the least of my good fortunes is the opportunity I have to teach and dance and be with our community of movers both in Charlottesville and beyond. And for that I am so grateful.

The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you, and challenge you!

First, a couple of announcements:

A Day Away: a retreat for you
Take a day to rest, to move and dance, to make something, to eat nourishing food, to be together. On September 30, join me and Rebecca George for a day of self-care and relaxation at the Buck Mountain Episcopal Parish Hall in Earlysville.
Set down whatever you’re carrying, take a breath and feel the restorative power of a day away.

$100 if registered by August 30. $125 if registered by September 25. Limited to 20 participants.
Checks to SusaNia LLC and mailed to 1255 Sunset Avenue Ext., Charlottesville VA 22903 with indication of any food intolerances or at http://www.susanmcculley.com. Some scholarship money available, please inquire!

CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE BELT TRAINING in September
Our friend, mentor and Nia Trainer, Helen Terry is coming to Charlottesville to offer a White Belt training! White Belt is the first level of Nia training, designed to provide body-centered training to anyone interested in living better in a body or teaching Nia. Helen is a First Generation Nia Trainer, chosen years ago by the creators of Nia to be one of the first Nia trainers. She’ll be retiring soon, so don’t miss your chance to learn from this amazing teacher and trainer! For more information and to register, please visit: https://nianow.com/node/1139984. Please feel free to contact Mary Linn at marylinnl@acac.com with any questions!

The Awesome Event sponsored by Divine Play October 27-29
Join us for the weekend of October 27-19 in exploring an understanding of the mind that will allow you to break free of limits, relate with others, and naturally ripple ease, resilience and FUN through your personal and work life. Get all the information, buy tickets at http://www.theawesomeevent.com or call Jeanne Catherine: 434-218-9500.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Monday, Jul 31, 2017, 1045am ~ DragonFish

Morning Birds 7:08 Deuter
Kung Fu Cowboys 6:28 Desert Dwellers
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Satori Mix) 5:45 Kodo
Bang 4:19 Badmarsh & Shri
Red Rhythm Dragon 5:00 James Asher
Dragon Attack 4:19 Queen
Tribal 4:07 Badmarsh & Shri
Freedom (feat. The Mail Pilots) 4:39 Nossa Toca
The Last Mile 6:12 Badmarsh & Shri
Appa 2:57 Badmarsh & Shri
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017, 840am ~ DragonFish

Out Of Town 5:20 Cantoma
Kung Fu Cowboys 6:28 Desert Dwellers
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Satori Mix) 5:45 Kodo
Bang 4:19 Badmarsh & Shri
Red Rhythm Dragon 5:00 James Asher
Dragon Attack 4:19 Queen
Tribal 4:07 Badmarsh & Shri
Freedom (feat. The Mail Pilots) 4:39 Nossa Toca
The Last Mile 6:12 Badmarsh & Shri
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017, 11am ~ DragonFish

Morning Birds 7:08 Deuter
Kung Fu Cowboys 6:28 Desert Dwellers
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Satori Mix) 5:45 Kodo
Bang 4:19 Badmarsh & Shri
Red Rhythm Dragon 5:00 James Asher
Dragon Attack 4:19 Queen
Tribal 4:07 Badmarsh & Shri
Freedom (feat. The Mail Pilots) 4:39 Nossa Toca
The Last Mile 6:12 Badmarsh & Shri
Appa 2:57 Badmarsh & Shri
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017, 840am ~ DragonFish

Heavenly Day 3:45 Patty Griffin
Kung Fu Cowboys 6:28 Desert Dwellers
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Satori Mix) 5:45 Kodo
Old 2:20 Paul Simon
Born This Way 4:20 Lady Gaga
Shady Esperanto & The Young Hearts 3:03 Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers
Dragon Attack 4:19 Queen
Tribal 4:07 Badmarsh & Shri
Freedom (feat. The Mail Pilots) 4:39 Nossa Toca
Gandhi/Buddha 3:28 Cheryl Wheeler
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

This week, artist and Nia dancer, Laurie Davis sent me this quote from Vincent van Gogh:
“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”
which completely captures the essence of this week’s focus. Rather than floating along in auto-pilot, dive in, splash around, and be in it with your whole heart.

The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you, and challenge you!

Only a couple of announcements:

DragonFish with Susan next week
Next week in my classes, I’ll be teaching DragonFish: my version of Britta von Tagen’s Dragon routine. Come Monday, 1045-12noon at the Square, Tuesday & Thursday, 840-940am Downtown and Wednesday, 11-1215pm at the Square to feel the fire and the water, the yin and yang and some juicy open hips!

CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE BELT TRAINING in September
Our friend, mentor and Nia Trainer, Helen Terry is coming to Charlottesville to offer a White Belt training! White Belt is the first level of Nia training, designed to provide body-centered training to anyone interested in living better in a body or teaching Nia. Helen is a First Generation Nia Trainer, chosen years ago by the creators of Nia to be one of the first Nia trainers. She’ll be retiring soon, so don’t miss your chance to learn from this amazing teacher and trainer! For more information and to register, please visit: https://nianow.com/node/1139984. Please feel free to contact Mary Linn at marylinnl@acac.com with any questions!

The Awesome Event sponsored by Divine Play October 27-29
Join us for the weekend of October 27-19 in exploring an understanding of the mind that will allow you to break free of limits, relate with others, and naturally ripple ease, resilience and FUN through your personal and work life. Get all the information, buy tickets at http://www.theawesomeevent.com or call Jeanne Catherine: 434-218-9500.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Sunday, Jul 23, 2017, 1245pm for Jeanne ~ Don’t Go with the Flow

Sofa Rockers [Richard Dorfmeister Remix] 8:34 Sofa Surfers
The Flame 6:51 Deep Dive Corp.
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Sato 5:45 Kodo
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
Ants Marching 4:31 Dave Matthews Band
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
The Sea 5:38 Morcheeba

Monday, Jul 24, 2017, 1045am ~ Don’t Go with the Flow

Damascus 2:03 Conjure One Feat. Chemda
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Qalanderi 7:10 Cheb i Sabbah
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Sato 5:45 Kodo
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Dive 3:58 Steven Curtis Chapman
Little By Little 5:30 Groove Armada
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
The Sea 5:38 Morcheeba
Let It Go 2:16 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017, 840am ~ Don’t Go with the Flow

Sofa Rockers [Richard Dorfmeister Remix] 8:34 Sofa Surfers
The Flame 6:51 Deep Dive Corp.
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Sato 5:45 Kodo
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
Ants Marching 4:31 Dave Matthews Band
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Somehow Familiar 3:40 Fabrizio Paterlini

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017, 11am ~ Don’t Go with the Flow

Morning Birds 7:08 Deuter
forever changes 5:34 ZKT
Catu (Vienna Sub Mix) 6:21 Ikarus
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Sato 5:45 Kodo
Bang 4:19 Badmarsh & Shri
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Tribal 4:07 Badmarsh & Shri
The Last Mile 6:12 Badmarsh & Shri
10 Questions for the Dalai Lama 3:15 Peter Kater

Thursday, Jul 27, 2017, 840am ~ Don’t Go with the Flow

Damascus 2:03 Conjure One Feat. Chemda
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Qalanderi 7:10 Cheb i Sabbah
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Sato 5:45 Kodo
Bang 4:19 Badmarsh & Shri
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Dive 3:58 Steven Curtis Chapman
The Last Mile 6:12 Badmarsh & Shri
Let It Go 2:16 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

I love this quote and was confused since I kept finding it attributed to both Jay Z and Shawn Carter (turns out the latter is Jay Z’s given name).

Ricky Gervais wrote a good post about this a while back. You can read it here. 

 

Kelly is my yoga teacher. She’s all about waking up and breaking habit.

Andy Hunt is a programmer and author. You can find out more about him here.


After a week away, it was delicious to come home to dance! We continued our focus on building compassion by nurturing boundaries. I often mistake boundaries for protection, defense and distance but instead, when I set my intention for increasing my generosity and compassion, boundaries soften and open my heart. Feel the difference for yourself – think about a situation in which you would like to have more openhearted, generous compassion. Then feel what a boundary would do to make your heart softer and more available vs. a boundary that feels defended.

The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance to together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you and challenge you!

And first the announce-y type things:

Subbing for Jeanne on Sunday, July 23, 12:45pm at acac Albemarle Square
I’m excited to be jumping in for Jeanne this Sunday — after a week away, an extra day of dancing is a welcome thing. Join me for a play-full hour of music, movement and magic.

Invisible Net of Love for Antje Waxman
Our friend and Nia / Egoscue teacher, Antje Waxman’s husband is terribly ill and they could use some support and nourishment. If you’d like to offer a meal for them, please go here to sign up. http://www.takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=JHSX5292 Thank you for being part of the invisible net of love.

CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE BELT TRAINING in September
Our friend, mentor and Nia Trainer, Helen Terry is coming to Charlottesville to offer a White Belt training! White Belt is the first level of Nia training, designed to provide body-centered training to anyone interested in living better in a body or teaching Nia. Helen is a First Generation Nia Trainer, chosen years ago by the creators of Nia to be one of the first Nia trainers. She’ll be retiring soon, so don’t miss your chance to learn from this amazing teacher and trainer! For more information and to register, please visit: https://nianow.com/node/1139984. Please feel free to contact Mary Linn at marylinnl@acac.com with any questions!

The Awesome Event sponsored by Divine Play October 27-29
Join us for the weekend of October 27-19 in exploring an understanding of the mind that will allow you to break free of limits, relate with others, and naturally ripple ease, resilience and FUN through your personal and work life. Get all the information, buy tickets at http://www.theawesomeevent.com or call Jeanne Catherine: 434-218-9500.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017, 11am ~ Compassion: Nurture Boundaries

All Colours Pt 3 2:50 Bob Holroyd
Factor 30 9:34 Bjarno
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Back In The USSR 2:41 The Beatles
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Bollywood Drums 5:28 Desert Dwellers
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017, 840am ~ Compassion: Nurture Boundaries

All Colours Pt 3 2:50 Bob Holroyd
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Back In The USSR 2:41 The Beatles
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Bollywood Drums 5:28 Desert Dwellers
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

A short week this week, but juicy nonetheless. Do check out the illustrated post about the connection between compassion and your hands and particularly your thumb and little finger here. I’ll be back to play with this some more on July 19.

In the meantime, the playlists are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance to together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you and challenge you!

And first the announce-y type things:

Invisible Net of Love for Antje Waxman
Our friend and Nia / Egoscue teacher, Antje Waxman’s husband is terribly ill and they could use some support and nourishment. If you’d like to offer a meal for them, please go here to sign up. http://www.takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=JHSX5292 Thank you for being part of the invisible net of love.

CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE BELT TRAINING in September
Our friend, mentor and Nia Trainer, Helen Terry is coming to Charlottesville to offer a White Belt training! White Belt is the first level of Nia training, designed to provide body-centered training to anyone interested in living better in a body or teaching Nia. Helen is a First Generation Nia Trainer, chosen years ago by the creators of Nia to be one of the first Nia trainers. She’ll be retiring soon, so don’t miss your chance to learn from this amazing teacher and trainer! For more information and to register, please visit: https://nianow.com/node/1139984. Please feel free to contact Mary Linn at marylinnl@acac.com with any questions!

The Awesome Event sponsored by Divine Play October 27-29
Join us for the weekend of October 27-19 in exploring an understanding of the mind that will allow you to break free of limits, relate with others, and naturally ripple ease, resilience and FUN through your personal and work life. Get all the information, buy tickets at http://www.theawesomeevent.com or call Jeanne Catherine: 434-218-9500.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Monday, Jul 10, 2017, 1045am ~ Compassion: Nurture Boundaries

Adiemus 4:02 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Sun Is Shining (Out Of Sight Remix) 7:30 ReUnited
Wrapped Around Your Finger 5:14 The Police
Spellbound 5:43 Rae & Christian
Freek 7:16 Shakatura
One Billion Hands 4:05 Lourds Lane
In Caelum Fero 7:49 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Shine 4:12 Joshua
With My Own 2 Hands 4:37 Ben Harper
Fingernail Moon 5:04 Annie Lennox

Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017, 840am ~ Compassion: Nurture Boundaries

Fragile Beauty 4:20 Chris Coco
The Hush 5:24 Rae & Christian
Sun Is Shining (Out Of Sight Remix) 7:30 ReUnited
Wrapped Around Your Finger 5:14 The Police
Spellbound 5:43 Rae & Christian
Freek 7:16 Shakatura
One Billion Hands 4:05 Lourds Lane
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Shine 4:12 Joshua
With My Own 2 Hands 4:37 Ben Harper
Fingernail Moon 5:04 Annie Lennox

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

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