Music & Other Gems Mar 13-16, 2017 – Beginner’s Mind

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.”  — Shunryu Suzuki (see link to original lecture)

We spent the week revisiting routines that I learned when I was a Nia beginner. The practice is to bring that same energy of curiosity, spaciousness, and possibility to even those things we know well.

All 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 type things:

• Scheduling Question: Wednesday class
Looking toward the summer schedule, there is some talk of moving back our Wednesday class time to 11:15am-12:30pm to give more space between Nia and the class that comes before. I’m curious to know how/if this would effect people. Please let me know what you think in the comments below or by emailing me at sjmnia@gmail.com. Thank you for your input.

• Safety & Awareness Reminder
Some, especially in the Downtown Group Ex studio, are choosing to dance with weights during freedance. I don’t recommend this particularly (I’m happy to elaborate if you’re interested) but if you do this, please be mindful that you are moving with weights in a room full of barefoot dancers who are moving sometimes quickly around the room. Please do any weight-dancing on the edges so dancers can easily stay clear and engage lots of awareness about where you are in space. Thank you for your awareness!

•SPRING NIA JAM: MARCH 17
Join Kate Aust, Mary Linn Bergstrom, and Rachel Horsley for our spring Nia Jam! Friday, March 17, 5:45-7pm Downtown in Studio A. *Please note, we will be downstairs in A rather than upstairs in “the big room”. Also, there will be no Nia 101 this week – class begins at 5:45pm!

• FREE Workshop: Conscious Communication with Mary Linn & Susan ~ March 25, 3-5pm
A FREE heARTful Action gathering, Saturday, March 25, 2o17, 3-5pm
at the Quaker Meeting House at 1104 Forest St, Charlottesville
In our polarized, highly-charged political environment, a simple conversation can be tricky, scary and even dangerous. More and more, we may find ourselves avoiding conversations about the things that matter to us most for fear of an argument or damaging a relationship.
In this free workshop, we will explore practical ways to approach conversations (either in person or on-line) that promote connection, curiosity and clarity. Join us to learn ways of talking to even the prickliest people with calm and kindness. Bring a journal and a friend!
Please RSVP to sjmnia@gmail.com or on the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1921663034719326/) so we know how many people to expect. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a journal and a friend!

• Love Warrior: embody a movement ~ Friday, Apr 7, 6-730pm
a moving experience of activism in support The Front Porch at 219 Water Street E, Cville
Join Susan to experience a new routine called Love Warrior. This is a movement experience designed for everyBody that allows us to experience the sensation of the change we want to see in the world. We can then translate that sensation directly into action.

At a time when the arts and creative education are being undermined and undervalued, it is more important than ever to support the arts in our community and creativity in ourselves! The Front Porch will offer music and refreshments will be available before and after we dance. Enjoy an evening of movement, music, and community.
Donate-What-You-Can ~ All proceeds from the event will go to The Front Porch

DOUBLE BONUS: Love Warrior shirts with original art
Just because times are tough doesn’t mean we have to wear black all the time. I’ve been working on a Love Warrior shirt design and together with the people at CustomInk, we created this – check it out!
Would you like one? It’s the perfect outfit for protests, marches, and of course, Love Warrior dancing! If you’re interested, please email me and let me know including what size you’d like. The more we print, the less each shirt will be (if we order 25, they will be around $16) so share this with your friends and I’ll let you know what shakes out before anyone has to commit to anything. Nevertheless…

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, Mar 12, 2017, 315pm ~ Beginner’s Mind

Adiemus 4:02 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Tintinnabulum 11:03 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Cantus Inaequalis 3:18 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Cantus Insolitus 5:40 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
In Caelum Fero 7:49 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Adagio for Strings [Remix by Ferry Corsten] 6:35 William Orbit
Cantus Iteratus 6:42 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Amaté Adea 5:23 Adiemus/London Philharmonic/Miriam Stockley
Kayama 7:58 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Hymn 2:42 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley

Monday, Mar 13, 2017, 1045am ~ Beginner’s Mind

All I Want 6:52 Shantal
Dance of Sarasvati 9:07 Kitaro
Agolo 4:50 Angelique Kidjo
Spellbound 5:43 Rae & Christian
In Caelum Fero 7:49 Adiemus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Miriam Stockley
Wombo Lombo 4:17 Angelique Kidjo
New Beginning 5:32 Tracy Chapman
Jamming 5:24 Candy Dulfer
Where the Story Ends… 5:44 Shantel
Bless This 7:21 Deseo Remixes (original by Jon Anderson)

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017, 840am ~ Beginner’s Mind

All I Want 6:52 Shantal
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Agolo 4:50 Angelique Kidjo
Spellbound 5:43 Rae & Christian
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Wombo Lombo 4:17 Angelique Kidjo
The Basement 3:35 Eric Hutchinson
Jamming 5:24 Candy Dulfer
Revolution 3:40 Coco Love Alcorn
Hymn to the Fallen 4:43 Voces8

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017, 11am ~ Beginner’s Mind (Firedance Enhanced)

Reel Around the Sun 8:42 Bill Whelan
The Heart’s Cry 2:28 Bill Whelan
Alba 5:16 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
Journeyman 3:48 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
Shivna 3:38 Bill Whelan
Firedance 6:04 Bill Whelan
Dalmore 3:59 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
Stranger in a Strange Land 6:20 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
Siamsa 4:28 Ronan Hardiman
Riverdance 5:45 Bill Whalen
Aran Boat Song 5:27 Aryeh Frankfurter & Lisa Lynne
Caoineadh Cu Chulainn (Lament) 4:11 Bill Whalen

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017, 840am ~ Beginner’s Mind (Firedance Enhanced)

Reel Around the Sun 8:42 Bill Whelan
Alba 5:16 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
Journeyman 3:48 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
Shivna 3:38 Bill Whelan
Firedance 6:04 Bill Whelan
Dalmore 3:59 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
Stranger in a Strange Land 6:20 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
Riverdance 5:45 Bill Whalen
Aran Boat Song 5:27 Aryeh Frankfurter & Lisa Lynne
Caoineadh Cu Chulainn (Lament) 4:11 Bill Whalen

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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