Susan’s Playlist Sept 8 – 11, 2014 ~ The Unofficial Guide to the Nia Principles: FreeDance

P4 Freedance longThis week, we played with Principle 4: FreeDance ~ and how it applies to our movement, the integration of body and mind, and our lives! FreeDance is a process that invites me to lose myself, redefine myself and find myself. What we do in class has the potential to rewire the body and mind to break habit and find our authentic selves no matter what we’re doing. FreeParent! FreeGarden! FreeCook! FreeWrite! FreeLove! Free your mind and the rest will follow.

On Wednesday, we marked the 79th birthday of one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver. Her poem, The Summer Day, is a perfect one for Principle 4. As is the anniversary of September 11. We never know what will happen. Let’s be here now and let go of our small selves to uncover what is possible.

Below are the playlists from this week as well as Oliver’s The Summer Day.

Next week, I will be celebrating acac’s 30th Anniversary on Monday and Tuesday and Saturday with a playlist of 1984-ish music:
Monday, Sept 15, 1045-12noon, Albemarle Square Studio A
Tuesday, Sept 16, 9-1010am, Downtown Group Ex Studio
Saturday, Sept 20, 9-1010am, Downtown Studio A
Wear your best 80s gear so I won’t be the only one! And there will probably be 80s tunes dropped in all week!

Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

P.S. FOCUS POCUS MUSIC GIVE AWAY (MORE WAYS TO SCORE GREAT NIA MUSIC!): The offer is still good that I made in the Principle 2: Natural Time Post: email me ( a picture of yourself wearing the 13-Moon Calendar color of the day (or wear the color to class and TELL me that you did it intentionally and didn’t just HAPPEN to) and I’ll send you (or hand it to you if you’re in Cville) a CD of official Nia music, either Sanjana or Dreamwalker or the Official Playlist for the Unofficial Guide! And now there are two more ways to play: (1) wear some sort of 80s-ish garb to class next week in celebration of acac’s 30th anniversary or (2) comment below (or on the Focus Pocus Facebook Page) about how you used Principle 4 in your life recently! I’m only announcing this here so only Focus Pocus readers are in on this! [And even though it sounds like a McDonald’s contest disclaimer: good in the US only (unless you want me to email you the tunes); limit one per person; while supplies last; void where prohibited.]

Monday, Sep 8, 2014, 1045am ~ The Unofficial Guide: FreeDance

The Rising 4:47 Bruce Springsteen
Human Love 5:20 Dirty Vegas
Saracen 5:03 Jeff Stott
Smokey Quartz 6:59 Shakatura
Born 2B Wild 7:59 Puff Dragon
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
Club Thing 4:25 Yoav
Boogaloop 4:33 Ursula 1000
What Goes Around … Comes Around 5:11 Justin Timberlake
Hairy Piano 8:35 Moodswings

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014, 9am ~ The Unofficial Guide: FreeDance

Driver 4:12 Galen Butler
Clouds 6:33 Feuerhake
Takshaka 10:42 Makayo
Lung Fu 7:41 Galen Butler
Come With Us 4:58 Chemical Brothers
Maha Lakshmi 5:19 El Cosmo Group
Denmark 5:07 Chemical Brothers
Unwritten 4:19 Natasha Bedingfield
Lavender Hill 4:33 Lex van Someren
Ascension 4:52 Lex van Someren

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014, 1055am ~ The Unofficial Guide: FreeDance

Use Me 3:44 Bill Withers
Cookie 5:03 Candy Dulfer
Mr. Slim 4:06 Candy Dulfer
Beautiful (Radio Mix) 3:54 Audio Adrenaline
Soullala 4:08 Candy Dulfer
Complicated 4:07 Yonder Mountain String Band
Dance Til You Bop 5:10 Candy Dulfer
Born This Way 4:20 Lady Gaga
Fire to Me 4:36 Hyper/The Crystal Method
2025 4:45 Candy Dulfer
Woke Up This Morning 3:55 Ruthie Foster
Try 3:45 Colbie Caillat
Horizon 4:00 Garth Stevenson

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014, 9am ~ The Unofficial Guide: FreeDance

Human Love 5:20 Dirty Vegas
Beautiful (Radio Mix) 3:54 Audio Adrenaline
Saracen 5:03 Jeff Stott
Just the Way You Are 3:41 Bruno Mars
Free 2:29 Donavon Frankenreiter
Free Your Mind 4:52 En Vogue
Complicated 4:07 Yonder Mountain String Band
Born This Way 4:20 Lady Gaga
Fire to Me 4:36 Hyper/The Crystal Method
2025 4:45 Candy Dulfer
Woke Up This Morning 3:55 Ruthie Foster
Try 3:45 Colbie Caillat
Hairy Piano 8:35 Moodswings

NIA JAM at ACAC DOWNTOWN – Open to Everybody ~ Members and Non-members

Friday, September 26, 2014, 545-7pm, ACAC Downtown Group Exercise Studio
Susan, Kate and Kayde welcome fall with a grounding and energizing Jam that interweave three powerful Nia routines: Feeling, U, and Passion! All are welcome, please join us!


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  1. Lisle said:

    I love that you post your thoughts along with your playlists. It’s amazingly helpful for me. I do have a question, though. I’ve been hunting for the mp3 versions of the Galen Butler tracks, both Driver and Lung Fu, and I can’t find them. Do you know of a place where I can buy those? I’d love to have them!

  2. circetwo said:

    I love your blog! I love reading your thoughts along with your weekly playlists, and have enjoyed that so much. I’ve been looking for the songs by Galen Butler, both Driver and Lung Fu, and haven’t been able to find them anywhere. Can you point me to a place to buy the mp3 versions? Or do you know an album name that I could hunt for?

    Thanks so much!

    • Thank you so much ~ I love to know that you’re reading and enjoying. And how interesting that those Galen Butler songs seem to be…no where! I can’t seem to find them on iTunes or, well, anywhere on the Web! They come from a Nia routine…email me and I’ll see if I can find an album name or SOMEthing!

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