Music & Other Gems Mar 27-30, 2017 – Amazing Contrast


It may be that, as Theodore Roosevelt said, “comparison is the thief of joy.” While I contend that contrast is a joyful thing, the line between the two can be a fine one. We can be looking at the same things but they feel different depending on which view we take. I’ve been noticing when the heavy, judge-y energy of comparison shows up with its thunders of “I should or shouldn’t” and when the “Wow You! Wow Me! Wow Us!” energy of contrast gives each of us the permission to be our amazing selves.

Now I think about it, that’s a contrast right there: between comparison and contrast. May we spend our days in the latter.

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 upcoming coolness:

• Scheduling Answer: Wednesday class
Looking toward the summer schedule, we have decided to leave the Wednesday class time at 11am-12:15pm. 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!

• 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

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!  We are having a batch printed now and they will be around $16 each. I ordered some extras. Let me know if you’d like one!

On the 7th day we dance.sit.create… Saturday, May 13, 2o17, 8:30am-5pm
For the 7th time, we will dance.sit.create. Come spend a delicious day playing at the sweet intersection of movement, stillness and art. We’ll explore the creative magic of the number 7 and the power of play for inspiration and restoration. No experience in anything is necessary. All you need is a willingness to see what happens and eat delicious, healthy meals. The retreat provides everything you need for an uplifting, rejuvenating day. Susan offers the structure and guidance for movement, meditation, and creative jaunts. Rebecca caters extraordinary vegetarian, gluten-free, seasonal food (tea, snack, lunch). And it doesn’t stop with one day. Also included is a 6-week series of music, meditations, and prompts to keep you in the flow.
Early Bird: $100 if registered by April 13. Late Bird: $125 if registered by May 10
Limited to 20 participants.
Checks to SusaNia LLC and mailed to 1255 Sunset Avenue Ext., Charlottesville VA 22903 with registration form or at http://www.susanmcculley.com.

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, Mar 27, 2017, 1045am ~ Amazing Contrast

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams
forever changes 5:34 ZKT
Say Hey (I Love You) (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 3:56 Michael Franti
Compared To What 5:56 Candy Dulfer
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs
Sometimes 5:14 Kaskade
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Sexual Revolution 4:48 Macy Gray
Knock On Wood 4:13 Safri Duo
Sure Thing 6:03 St. Germain
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel
Plegaria para el Alma de Layla 3:19 Pedro Aznar

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017, 840am ~ Amazing Contrast

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams
forever changes 5:34 ZKT
Say Hey (I Love You) (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 3:56 Michael Franti
Compared To What 5:56 Candy Dulfer
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Sometimes 5:14 Kaskade
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Sexual Revolution 4:48 Macy Gray
Knock On Wood 4:13 Safri Duo
Sure Thing 6:03 St. Germain
Let It Go 2:16 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017, 11am ~ Amazing Contrast

North 6:49 Afro Celt Sound System
North, Pt. 2 3:02 Afro Celt Sound System
When You’re Falling [Featuring Peter Gabriel] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Colossus 6:44 Afro Celt Sound System
Ma’ Africa 4:49 Mahotella Queens/Ulali
Braided Hair 4:03 Neneh Cherry/Speech
Ta Moko 5:10 1 Giant Leap featuring Whiri Mako Black
Passion 5:46 Michael Franti
Daphne 7:03 Eddi Reader/Mahotella Queens/Revetti Sakalar
Persistence of Memory 4:29 Afro Celt Sound System
Paris Texas 6:45 Gotan Project

Thursday, Mar 30, 2017, 840am ~ Amazing Contrast

North 6:49 Afro Celt Sound System
North, Pt. 2 3:02 Afro Celt Sound System
When You’re Falling [Featuring Peter Gabriel] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Colossus 6:44 Afro Celt Sound System
Ma’ Africa 4:49 Mahotella Queens/Ulali
Braided Hair 4:03 Neneh Cherry/Speech
Passion 5:46 Michael Franti
Daphne 7:03 Eddi Reader/Mahotella Queens/Revetti Sakalar
Persistence of Memory 4:29 Afro Celt Sound System
Paris Texas 6:45 Gotan Project

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

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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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