The Balance of The Tao: Fire & Water ~ Mar 9-12, 2020 ~ Focus, Music and More

FOCUS POCUS NOTE! FocusPocus is now one complete post (art, focus, playlists and announcements) all together on Thursdays! So whether you come to the blog for the art, the information, the music or the latest happenings and offerings, you are in the right place. Every Thursday, you’ll get it all. Thank you so much for being here.

The Tao is The Way. The Way is balanced and non-dualistic [link to last week]. Everything, even apparent opposites, are contained within each other. And the Tao is less something to learn or figure out and more something to feel, embody and remember.

In the next few weeks, as we move toward the spring equinox, we will explore this interwoven non-duality. We’ll approach it from an experiential perspective and allow ourselves to reconnect with the Tao of everything…including you. Since after all, that is the way of all things.

This week our focus is on the Tao of Water & Fire. Our bodies are a combination of flow and flame. The Earth boils and flows, explodes and trickles. The universe itself is a mash-up of liquid heat. What is your experience of water? How do you feel when you move, think, act like water? What is your experience of fire? How do you fire up movement, thought and action?

I’d love to hear all about it. Please leave a comment below!

Here are our playlists for the week. If you’d like to listen to the music, you can find almost all the songs on Spotify (you can listen for free)! As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

Things are happening, you guys! So before the playlists, here is all the details on what’s coming up!

Welcome Spring with Susan’s Firedance Next Week
In our annual celebration of spring and St. Patrick’s Day and all things green, I will be teaching my latest variation on the routine Firedance on Mon, Mar 16, 1045-12noon at acac Albemarle Square; Tue Mar 17 840-940am at acac downtown and Thu, Mar 19 11-1215pm at The Studio at Dancing Water. We will incorporate our month-long focus on the Balance of the Tao and the energy of Heaven and Earth that naturally weaves into the music of Riverdance and the grounded power of the movement. And DO wear your green!

Nourishing Movement Classes at the Studio at Dancing Water on Thursday mornings at 11am!
Nourishing Movement classes with Susan on Thursdays at 11am ~~ my mix of guided and unguided movement, meditation and creativity! Please go to http://www.susanmcculley.com/shop for the details. Come join us in the trees by the river for grounded, flowing, spacious movement. Second Thursdays are followed by a pot luck lunch! Nourish yourself with movement and bring something nourishing to share! There is space in upcoming classes so please go HERE to sign up!
* The Studio at Dancing Water is at 2370 Old Lynchburg Road ~ detailed directions at http://www.susanmcculley.com and via email when you sign up!

Usher in April with Five Thursdays of Nourishing Movement Classes at the Studio at Dancing Water
Watch the leaves come in and the forest start to bloom with Five Thursdays of Nourishing Movement Classes at the Studio at Dancing Water in April! Please join us for 5 Nourishing Movement classes in April on Thursdays, Apr 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 11am-1215pm for just $50. (If you’d like to come for 3 or 4 of the 5, please let me know and we can make that happen for $10/class!) It’s an amazing month in the trees by the river!

Full Moon Restorative Yoga with Shandoah ~ Moonday, April 6, 430-6pm
Shandoah Goldman returns to The Studio at Dancing Water (2370 Old Lynchburg Road, Charlottesville) to continue the full moon restorative practice! The full moon is a time of completion. The fullness of the cycle lends itself to a practice of non-doing. Join Shandoah for a deeply nourishing practice of restorative yoga. Using props to offer support and comfort, the body is invited to profoundly let go and unwind. Rather than efforting or stretching, this is the practice of releasing and relaxing. We’ll celebrate what is finished and soften into the next cycle. Shandoah is a gifted guide for deep release and is a Shiatsu practitioner offering hands on assists during class. All bodies welcome, no experience in yoga or anything else is needed.
Monday (Moonday!), April 6, 430-6pm at The Studio at Dancing Water ~ $30, $25 if registered before Mar 23!

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ Apr 3 at 11:25am
Nia Freedance is an opportunity to play and tap into the creative wisdom in our body, emotions, mind and spirit. For a full hour we get to dance together with the intention of stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance will be at ACAC Albemarle Square Friday, Apr 3 from 11:25 -12:25.

New Nia Classes with Susan Tate!
Susan Tate will be offering Nia classes at the beautiful Charlottesville Tango on Water Studio. Classes are on Sundays at 11 am. $18 drop in/or discounted class card. Charlottesville Tango on Water at 208 E Water Street. More info: http://www.susantate.org

National Water Dance ~ April 18, 4pm at Darden Towe
Emily Wright Dance is facilitating the National Water Dance project on April 18, 2020, at 4 PM in Darden Towe Park. National Water Dance partners dance artists and community members in the performance of site-specific movement choirs to bring attention to critical water issues. Participants from across the country join together in different locations in a simultaneous dance that will be live-streamed on social media.
Click here see a video about the National Water Dance Project and our iteration of it here in Cville. You can find more information about the whole event on Emily’s site here. Www.emilywrightdance.com
Community Workshops:
As a part of this project, we are offering free community dance workshops between now and April 18 as a means to recruit participants and share the power of dance to cultivate somatic empathy to address climate crisis. Dancing together — especially in natural environments — helps us remember our interdependence with the ecological systems of which we are a part and can galvanize us toward creative, collaborative solutions.
Workshops are available for all ages and levels of ability and can be tailored to fit the needs of different populations, including those with special needs or limited mobility. No previous dance experience is necessary! Workshops will last approximately 60 minutes and include simple progressions, movement games and the opportunity to learn the movements included in the National Water Dance performance.

Interview about Octabusy & Other Things on Lisa Jakub’s Embrace Your Weird podcast!
It was my honor and pleasure to have a conversation with Lisa Jakub about the seduction of busyness and ways of navigating it on her fantastic podcast, Embrace Your Weird. Please listen, share, review and spread the word! Go here to check it out!

WHERE TO FIND OCTABUSY!
Support local retailers by buying Octabusy
at New Dominion Bookshop on Charlottesville’s downtown mall (ndbookshop.com, 434-295-2552, staff@ndbookshop.com)
and at The Telegraph Art & Comics https://www.telegraphcomics.com/
and at the beautiful Nourish Louisa shop in downtown Louisa! Go here http://www.nourishlouisa.com/ for more. I’ll be sharing more soon on events at this super-cool spot!
And both Buddha Cat and Octabusy are available at the lovely Wine & Country Shop in Ivy! Please check them out here. It’s an amazing store full of wonderful finds, not just super-cool books!
You can also order signed copies of Octabusy (including discounts on multiple copies) now on my website at susanmcculley.com/shop
and get Kindle and paperback editions on Amazon!
(And wherever you buy it, please leave a review there!)

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

Monday, Mar 9, 2020, 1045am ~

Water 4:07 Dionne Farris
Feels Like Fire 4:40 Dido/Santana
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Fire In the Belly 5:43 Ganga Giri
Nothing But The Water (II) 5:19 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Baiana (CloZee Remix) 4:13 Barbatuques & CloZee Baiana (CloZee Remix)
Cool, Clear Water 5:28 Bonnie Raitt
Spirit Voices 3:56 Paul Simon
Bathe in These Waters (EarthTones Mix) 5:27 Donna De Lory
Under African Skies 3:37 Paul Simon
Jai Radha Madhav 6:27 Deva Prema

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020, 840am ~

Water 4:07 Dionne Farris
Feels Like Fire 4:40 Dido/Santana
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Fire In the Belly 5:43 Ganga Giri
Nothing But The Water (II) 5:19 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Baiana (CloZee Remix) 4:13 Barbatuques & CloZee Baiana (CloZee Remix)
Spirit Voices 3:56 Paul Simon
Bathe in These Waters (EarthTones Mix) 5:27 Donna De Lory
Under African Skies 3:37 Paul Simon
Jai Radha Madhav 6:27 Deva Prema

Thursday, Mar 12, 2020, 11am at the Studio at Dancing Water ~

Spring Clean 4:48 The Happening
Water 4:07 Dionne Farris
Feels Like Fire 4:40 Dido/Santana
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Fire In the Belly 5:43 Ganga Giri
Nothing But The Water (II) 5:19 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Baiana (CloZee Remix) 4:13 Barbatuques & CloZee Baiana (CloZee Remix)
Spirit Voices 3:56 Paul Simon
Bathe in These Waters (EarthTones Mix) 5:27 Donna De Lory
Under African Skies 3:37 Paul Simon
Jai Radha Madhav 6:27 Deva Prema

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