Music & Other Gems Jan 2 – 5, 2017 – Dead Perfect

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“We think that if we just meditated enough or jogged enough or ate perfect food, everything would be perfect. But from the point of view of someone who is awake, that’s death. Seeking security or perfection, rejoicing in feeling confirmed and whole, self contained and comfortable, is some kind of death. It doesn’t have any fresh air. There’s no room for something to come in and interrupt all that. We are killing the moment by controlling our experience.” – Pema Chödrön, from When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Perfection is seductive and destructive. Seductive in that we think we will be safe if we are perfect (nope). Destructive in that striving for perfection sucks the life out of everything (yuck). This week we played with dancing tight but loose and messing it up to breathe some life into our attachement to getting it right (whew). Plus Justin Timberlake (yum).

The playlists from the week are below or you can listen to them by going to Spotify! Dance for free at Spotify! Sign up, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen!

And first the announce-y things:

• ACAC Nia Schedule changes starting January 2, 2017
While all my classes will remain the same in January, there are several changes to the overall schedule:
– Rachel H will now teach the Tuesday, 535-635pm class at the Square
– Mary Linn will resume teaching the Thursday, 630-730pm class at the Square
– Anne will offer a new 5 Stages of Self Healing class Downtown on Friday mornings 830-9am (and her 9-1010am class will stay the same)
– Mary Linn will start a new class on Friday evenings Downtown in Studio A: 545-6pm Nia 101, 6-7pm class
– Jeanne C will now teach the Sunday, 1245-145pm class at the Square
– Loring M’s downtown Sunday class will now go from 315-430pm
There are also some special guest teachers making plans to come to Charlottesville! More on that soon.

• NEW ACAC Club Hours starting January 2, 2017
Starting January 2, acac Charlottesville hours will be:
mon-fri 5am – 10pm
sat & sun 7am – 7pm

New Kids Zone Hours
mon-fri 8:30am – 2pm & 3:30 – 8pm
sat 7:45am – 4pm
sun 9am – 6pm

• heARTful action ~ Join Us!
These are difficult days. Now more than ever, we need to use our creativity and art to make our community (large and small) a kinder, more inclusive, healthier place. Our intention: We are love warriors using our creativity and connection to sustain movement toward kindness, inclusivity, and health in our community and world. We are a community supporting each other in the expression of our unique gifts while we stay responsive and awake to the needs within us and around us. We act from a place of aliveness and positive purpose.
You can join us on Facebook here and/or ask me and I’ll add you to our email list. All are welcome, invite anyone who you’d like to include. And if you have a group doing similar work, we’d love to network with you and hear about what you’re doing!

• Make a Donation and Get Art on susanmcculley.com/shop
For the foreseeable future: You Make a doantion and I sent you art! It’s SIMPLE:
(1) Make a doantiaon to CarbonFund.org (or your favorite environmental organization) or to Human Rights First (or your favorite human rights organization).
(2) Send me a copy of the receipt to sjmnia@gmail.com (alternatively, you can mail a check written to the organization to 1255 Sunset Ave Ext, Charlottesville VA 22903) and include your mailing address and the equivalent value art that you would like.
(3) I’ll mail you the art right away.
Go to http://www.susanmcculley.com/shop to see the full line up of available art. Make a heARTful difference today.

• dance.sit.create. day-treat on Saturday, Feb 18, 2017, 8:30am-5pm
There is still some space for dance.sit.create on Saturday, Feb 18 (snow date, March 4) at Buck Mountain Episcopal Parish Hall, 4133 Earlysville Rd, Earlysville, VA 22936
What better way to spend a winter day than in giving power and time to your unique creativity? As a human being, you are an artist. While we can’t make creativity happen, we can provide fertile terrain for inspiration to land and take root. In this supportive, delicious, fun experience, step into your own creative life. Join Susan McCulley, Nia Black Belt, mindfulness teacher, writer and artist for a day-treat playing at the intersection of movement, stillness and your artist self. If you have dance.sit.created before, new surprises await. If not, this is the perfect time to join us.
Susan provides guidance and inspiration for the day. Rebecca George’s Dragonfly Kitchen provides extraordinary vegetarian, gluten-free, seasonal food (tea, snack, lunch). ALSO INCLUDED is a new 6-week series of music, meditations, and prompts to keep the flow of the day going. $125 / please register by February 15. Limited to 20 participants. Go here for all the details and to register.

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, Jan 2, 2017, 1045am ~ Dead Perfect

Aquarius 4:48 Hair, the Musical
What I Got 3:21 Gift Of Gab, Michael Franti & Spearhead
When Doves Cry 4:04 The Be Good Tanyas
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
Perfect 3:41 Fairground Attraction
Everythings Gonna Be Alright 4:33 The Baby Sitters Circus
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
What a Year for a New Year 4:06 Dan Wilson
Circlesong 6 7:50 Bobby McFerrin

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017, 840am ~ Dead Perfect

Aquarius 4:48 Hair, the Musical
What I Got 3:21 Gift Of Gab, Michael Franti & Spearhead
When Doves Cry 4:04 The Be Good Tanyas
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! 3:58 Justin Timberlake
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) 4:31 Mark Ronson
Everythings Gonna Be Alright 4:33 The Baby Sitters Circus
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
What a Year for a New Year 4:06 Dan Wilson

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017, 11am ~ Dead Perfect

Wish U Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! 3:58 Justin Timberlake
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
The Sound Of Winter 3:27 Bush
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Serengeti (Bliss Mix) 5:30 Infernal

Thursday, Jan 5, 2017, 840am ~ Dead Perfect

Wish U Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! 3:58 Justin Timberlake
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening*

* This is brand new music from one of Jamie Catto’s creative projects! You can find it here.

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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