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Feel a place in your body where there is tension and you know that it changes you – maybe your breath changes, or your movement, or your emotions. Feel a place in your life where there is tension and you know that changes happen there, too.

The opposite is also true when we change something, it feels different, less comfortable, challenging. What Seth Godin says is true, “Change creates tension and tension creates change.” Practicing surfing this cycle of change and tension is a skill we all need all the time.

The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you, and challenge you!

But first, here are a couple of things you want to know about:

Nia classes for people with cancer, survivors, caregivers & staff at UVA with Susan Tate ~ starts October 16
Join Susan Tate, Black Belt Nia Instructor for Nia classes with a focus on moving to heal on Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm & Wednesdays,12-1pm on the 4th Floor of the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center.These free classes start October 16 with a kick-off celebration class at 5:30 pm.  Registration is not required. Contact Susan Tate at susan@susantate.orgfor more information.

Inbetween Halloween Jam on Tuesday, October 31 at 840am Downtown AND 535pm Albemarle Square
Celebrate Halloween in a traditional way with Mary Linn, Susan and Rachel. Originally, the day marked both the harvest and the change into the darker half of the year (the shift from orange to black).  It was considered an “in between” time where the boundary between spirits and humans thinned. In that spirit, we’ll use music all from artists who have passed. Put on some orange and black and join us on Tue, Oct 31, 840-940am Downtown, Group Ex Studio and then again at 535-635pm at Albemarle Square, Room B.

Writing & Wellness Yoga Retreat in Boone, N.C. with two amazing teachers ~ Nov. 2 – 5th, 2017
Join Lisa Jakub and Cecily Armstrong (two of my favorite yoga teachers and people on the planet!) for a fun, restorative and empowering retreat exploring various aspects of emotional and physical wellness. The retreat will include: • writing exercises to understand anxiety & the inner critic • nutrition talks, on both physical and emotional nourishment • discussions on purpose, connection, and authentic power • yoga, meditation and pranayama • healthy Ayurvedic meals • free time at the retreat center – massage, pottery, hiking ‣ You’ll return home with tools to help you live a more happy, healthy, vibrant life. And we’ll have a whole bunch of fun, too! No writing or yoga experience necessary! Find all the information here
Writing & Wellness Yoga Retreat in Boone, NC!
and for questions, contact Lisa at LisaJakub108@gmail.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, Oct 9, 2017, 1045am ~ Change Creates Tension Creates Change…/h4>
Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Clouds 6:33 Feuerhake
forever changes 5:34 ZKT
Succumb to Me 5:15 Terence Trent D’Arby
SexybackClean Version 4:03 Justin Timberlake
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
A Change Would Do You Good 3:50 Sheryl Crow
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
All People (feat. Gina René) 4:09 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Change 4:36 Melissa Etheridge
A Change is Gonna Come 3:43 The Neville Brothers
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017, 840am ~ Change Creates Tension Creates Change…

Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Clouds 6:33 Feuerhake
Succumb to Me 5:15 Terence Trent D’Arby
SexybackClean Version 4:03 Justin Timberlake
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
A Change Would Do You Good 3:50 Sheryl Crow
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
All People (feat. Gina René) 4:09 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Change 4:36 Melissa Etheridge
A Change is Gonna Come 3:43 The Neville Brothers
Lydia 5:58 Tim Story

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017, 11am ~ Change Creates Tension Creates Change…

State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.) 5:17 Jim James
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Sometimes 4:06 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Freedom (feat. The Mail Pilots) 4:39 Nossa Toca
Sure Thing 6:03 St. Germain
Shanti (Peace Out) 6:59 MC Yogi

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017, 840am ~ Change Creates Tension Creates Change…

State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.) 5:17 Jim James
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Sometimes 4:06 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Freedom (feat. The Mail Pilots) 4:39 Nossa Toca
Sure Thing 6:03 St. Germain
Unchosen 3:54 Jesse Cook

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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This summer, I loved reading Brene Brown’s book, Rising Strong. I recommend it highly no matter if you are working for freedom and justice, building a company, parenting a child or loving someone. Here’s more about the messy middle:

“To pretend that we can get to helping, generous, and brave without navigating through tough emotions like desperation, shame, and panic is a profoundly dangerous and misguided assumption.” 
― Brené Brown, Rising Strong

We can’t skip the messy middle.

The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you, and challenge you!

But first, here are a couple of things you want to know about:

LOVE UNITY HEALING Nia class with Jule Aguirre ~ Saturday, October 7, 6-7pm
Come dance with Nia Trainer, Jule Aguirre who will be here from Dallas this weekend. Jule is a mind-body psychotherapist, Nia First Degree Black Belt Somatic Educator and Trainer. Proceeds to go to United C-ville Victim Relief
https://www.gofundme.com/united-cville-victim-relief
The Tango Studio is in the Glass Bldg downtown.
Email Susan Tate at susan@susantate.org to register or find more here https://tinyurl.com/yct9c9kk Space is limited.

Moving to Heal Nia Training October 8-9 with Jule Aquirre
This training is designed for teachers and non-teachers and will be held on Sat and Sun, October 7 & 8 with trainer Jule Aquirre at the Tango Studio downtown. Designed with the unifying theme of healing, Moving to Heal (MTH) training provides you with the knowledge and skills to deliver and experience therapeutic benefits in the Nia class experience. For more information and to register go to: https://nianow.com/node/1182936
ALSO, Jule will offer a master class on that Saturday (10/7)  with a focus of Love-Unity-Healing at the Tango studio at 6:00pm — with all proceeds going to United C-ville Victim Relief.

Nia classes for people with cancer, survivors, caregivers & staff at UVA with Susan Tate ~ starts October 16
Join Susan Tate, Black Belt Nia Instructor for Nia classes with a focus on moving to heal on Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm & Wednesdays,12-1pm on the 4th Floor of the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center.These free classes start October 16 with a kick-off celebration class at 5:30 pm.  Registration is not required. Contact Susan Tate at susan@susantate.orgfor more information.

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, Sep 25, 2017, 1045am ~ Messy Middle Magic

Damascus 2:03 Conjure One Feat. Chemda
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango Mussiki é
Gonna Be [Ben Human Remix] 4:10 Mo’ Horizons
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
Lean On Me 4:18 Glee
The River 5:31 Suzanne Sterling
Why 4:54 Annie Lennox
Waters of Miriam (Live at Esalen) Part 2 4:42 Josh Brill

Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017, 840am ~ Messy Middle Magic

Damascus 2:03 Conjure One Feat. Chemda
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango Mussiki é
Gonna Be [Ben Human Remix] 4:10 Mo’ Horizons
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
Lean On Me 4:18 Glee
Why 4:54 Annie Lennox
Waters of Miriam (Live at Esalen) Part 2 4:42 Josh Brill

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017, 11am ~ Messy Middle Magic

A Reminiscent Drive 3:27 Ambrosia
Alba 5:16 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
Journeyman 3:48 Nahoo
Dalmore 3:59 Nahoo
Stranger in a Strange Land 6:20 Nahoo
Hold On 3:00 KT Tunstall
As Terras Baixas da Holanda 3:45 Nahoo
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 4:21 The Police
burundi 6:26 Star Sounds Orchestra
The River 5:31 Suzanne Sterling
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
The Space Between 6:02 Zero 7

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017, 840am ~ Messy Middle Magic

A Reminiscent Drive 3:27 Ambrosia
Alba 5:16 Paul Mounsey Featuring Nahoo
Journeyman 3:48 Nahoo
Dalmore 3:59 Nahoo
Stranger in a Strange Land 6:20 Nahoo
Hold On 3:00 KT Tunstall
As Terras Baixas da Holanda 3:45 Nahoo
burundi 6:26 Star Sounds Orchestra
The River 5:31 Suzanne Sterling
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
The Space Between 6:02 Zero 7

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!

After posting the focus of Fall Awake for the week, I stumbled across this Rebecca Solnit quote:

“The sleeping giant is one name for the public; when it wakes up, when we wake up, we are no longer only the public: we are civil society, the superpower whose nonviolent means are sometimes, for a shining moment, more powerful than violence, more powerful than regimes and armies. We write history with our feet and with our presence and our collective voice and vision. And yet, and of course, everything in the mainstream media suggests that popular resistance is ridiculous, pointless, or criminal, unless it is far away, was long ago, or, ideally, both. These are the forces that prefer the giant remain asleep.” ~ from Hope in the Darkness, p xxv

The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you, and challenge you!

But first, here are a couple of things you want to know about:

A Day Away: a retreat for you
Take a day to rest, to move and dance, to make something, to eat nourishing food, to be together. On September 30, join me and Rebecca George for a day of self-care and relaxation at the Buck Mountain Episcopal Parish Hall in Earlysville.

Set down whatever you’re carrying, take a breath and feel the restorative power of a day away.

$100. Please register by September 25. Limited to 20 participants.
Checks to SusaNia LLC and mailed to 1255 Sunset Avenue Ext., Charlottesville VA 22903 with indication of any food intolerances or at http://www.susanmcculley.com.

Moving to Heal Nia Training October 8-9 with Jule Aquirre
This training is designed for teachers and non-teachers and will be held on Sat and Sun, October 7 & 8 with trainer Jule Aquirre at the Tango Studio downtown. Designed with the unifying theme of healing, Moving to Heal (MTH) training provides you with the knowledge and skills to deliver and experience therapeutic benefits in the Nia class experience. For more information and to register go to: https://nianow.com/node/1182936
ALSO, Jule will offer a master class on that Saturday (10/7) at the Tango studio at 5:30 pm

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, Sep 18, 2017, 1045am ~ Fall Awake

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
The Flame 6:51 Deep Dive Corp.
Heartbreaker 5:24 Crazy P
Down To Love 6:34 Hot Toddy
Don’t Stop The Dance 6:20 Martin Brodin
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
Waking the Spirits (African Travels Re-Awakening Remix) 5:56 Bob Holroyd
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright 4:33 The Baby Sitters Circus
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Empty Vessel 3:46 Bob Holroyd
Stay Awake 1:45 Julie Andrews from Mary Poppins
Stillpoint 4:18 Oliver Shanti & Friends

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017, 840am ~ Fall Awake

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
The Flame 6:51 Deep Dive Corp.
Heartbreaker 5:24 Crazy P
Down To Love 6:34 Hot Toddy
Don’t Stop The Dance 6:20 Martin Brodin
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
Wake Up Everybody 3:35 John Legend & The Roots
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Empty Vessel 3:46 Bob Holroyd
Stay Awake 1:45 Julie Andrews from Mary Poppins

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017, 1230pm ~ Love Warrior at Sevenoaks

I See Fire 5:01 Ed Sheeran
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Ain’t No Man 3:34 The Avett Brothers
American Idiot 2:54 Green Day
Takin’ It To the Streets (2016 Remastered) 3:59 The Doobie Brothers
Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar) 4:50 Beyoncé
Power to the People 3:23 John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band
Revolution 3:40 Coco Love Alcorn
Wake Up Everybody 3:35 John Legend & The Roots
This Land Is Your Land 4:38 Little Feat
Mercy 4:31 Dave Matthews Band
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017, 11am ~ Fall Awake

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) 6:29 Rodney Hunter
On and On 4:19 Suryan
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Wake Me Up When September Ends 4:46 Green Day
Wake Up 3:28 The Makepeace Brothers
City Knows Your Name 4:59 Chris Coco
Sleep 4:24 Euphoria

Thursday, Sep 21, 2017, 840am ~ Fall Awake

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) 6:29 Rodney Hunter
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Wake Me Up When September Ends 4:46 Green Day
Wake Up 3:28 The Makepeace Brothers
City Knows Your Name 4:59 Chris Coco
Sleep 4:24 Euphoria

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!


Lots of juicy, awareness-expanding and heart-stretching dancing this week. Thanks to Helen Terry and Mary Linn for a jamba jam on Friday night. If you couldn’t be with us and would like to offer some love the the Nia Houston community, you can go here.

After seeing the art for this week’s focus, my friend Adrienne sent me this beautiful essay by Thich Nhat Hanh that eloquently explains the Both And principle.

And this is the poem I read in some classes this week:

Surrender by James Yates

Surrendering to all that arises,
Surrendering to the resistance to all that arises,
Letting it have its way with me,
Letting it break my heart open,
Letting it break the barrier between
Me and you,
Mine and yours,
Here and there,
Now and then,
Within and without,
Right and wrong,
Life and death,
Suffering and enlightenment,
Between one and all.

The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you, and challenge you!

There is so much happening in our vibrant community. Here is a listing of the seriously great things coming up:

CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE BELT TRAINING public classes
In addition to the training, Helen will be offering classes open to the public at the Parish Hall of the Buck Mountain Episcopal Church in Earlysville (4133 Earlysville Road, Earlysville VA ~ the small white building just past the church). The remaining classes are:
Saturday, Sept 16 6-7pm
Sunday, Sept 17 10-11am
Classes are $15 each or 4/$40

Autumn Equinox Event at Sevenoaks Retreat Center in Madison on September 19
Find Equanimity in these Turbulent Times at an Autumn Equinox Ceremony at Sevenoaks Retreat Center
(403 Pathwork Way, Madison, Va. 22727). Tuesday September 19, 12 noon – 8:00 PM – Come for any or all of the day. Strengthen and ground in this ancient and universal seasonal ritual and remember the inner union and peace that underlie our outer dramas and conflicts.
Remembering our depth will help us weather the storms of Life that disturb the changing surface, but do not touch the eternal Center.

I’m glad to be part of this afternoon/evening celebration. I’ll be teaching the Love Warrior routine from 12:30-1:45pm and there are lots of other offerings to enjoy. The day will include:
Equinox Medicine Wheel Ceremony
Drumming class
“Love Warrior” NIA dance class with Susan (12:30-1:45pm)
Falling into Winter: Dying into Death: A Pathwork Process of Surrender.
Deepen through story into Source–from “Women Who Run With Wolves”
A Quaker/ Meditation Meeting,
Pot-luck supper,
Ending with a Fire Circle.
Come for any or all events.
Contribution requested, but open to everyone. For more information and to register: https://www.sevenoaksretreat.org/events/autumn-equinox-ceremony/

A Day Away: a retreat for you
Take a day to rest, to move and dance, to make something, to eat nourishing food, to be together. On September 30, join me and Rebecca George for a day of self-care and relaxation at the Buck Mountain Episcopal Parish Hall in Earlysville.

Set down whatever you’re carrying, take a breath and feel the restorative power of a day away.

$100. Please register by September 25. Limited to 20 participants.
Checks to SusaNia LLC and mailed to 1255 Sunset Avenue Ext., Charlottesville VA 22903 with indication of any food intolerances or at http://www.susanmcculley.com.

Moving to Heal Nia Training October 8-9 with Jule Aquirre
This training is designed for teachers and non-teachers and will be held on Sat and Sun, October 7 & 8 with trainer Jule Aquirre at the Tango Studio downtown. Designed with the unifying theme of healing, Moving to Heal (MTH) training provides you with the knowledge and skills to deliver and experience therapeutic benefits in the Nia class experience. For more information and to register go to: https://nianow.com/node/1182936
ALSO, Jule will offer a master class on that Saturday (10/7) at the Tango studio at 5:30 pm

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, Sep 11, 2017, 11am ~ Both And

Dark Road 3:49 Annie Lennox
Light You Up 3:51 Shawn Mullins
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Lovers of Light 3:58 Afro Celt Sound System
Dark Moon, High Tide 4:12 Afro Celt Sound System
Long As I Can See the Light 3:16 Marc Cohn
Light 7:22 Hans Zimmer & Johnny Mori

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017, 840am ~ Both And

Dark Road 3:49 Annie Lennox
Light You Up 3:51 Shawn Mullins
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Lovers of Light 3:58 Afro Celt Sound System
Dark Moon, High Tide 4:12 Afro Celt Sound System
Long As I Can See the Light 3:16 Marc Cohn

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017, 11am ~ Both And

Dark Road 3:49 Annie Lennox
Light You Up 3:51 Shawn Mullins
The Flame 6:51 Deep Dive Corp.
Heartbreaker 5:24 Crazy P
Down To Love 6:34 Hot Toddy
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
Scare Away the Dark 4:39 Passenger
Let Your Light Shine 4:06 Keb’ Mo’
Put Your Lights On 4:45 Santana Feat. Everlast
Long As I Can See the Light 3:16 Marc Cohn
Light 7:22 Hans Zimmer & Johnny Mori

Thursday, Sep 14, 2017, 840am ~ Both And

Dark Road 3:49 Annie Lennox
Light You Up 3:51 Shawn Mullins
The Flame 6:51 Deep Dive Corp.
Heartbreaker 5:24 Crazy P
Down To Love 6:34 Hot Toddy
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
Let Your Light Shine 4:06 Keb’ Mo’
Put Your Lights On 4:45 Santana Feat. Everlast
Long As I Can See the Light 3:16 Marc Cohn
Light 7:22 Hans Zimmer & Johnny Mori

Friday, Sep 15, 2017, 9am for Anne ~ Both And

Dark Road 3:49 Annie Lennox
Light You Up 3:51 Shawn Mullins
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
U R The Answer 5:57 Stephen Bray/ Michael Beckwith
Shining Light 4:32 Annie Lennox
Long As I Can See the Light 3:16 Marc Cohn
Light 7:22 Hans Zimmer & Johnny Mori

Friday, Sep 15, 2017, 7-815pm~ Dance and Donate: Jam for Nia Houston with Mary Linn and Helen

You’ve Got a Friend (feat. Aretha Franklin) 6:02 Tapestry Revisited – Bebe & Cece Winans featuring Aretha Franklin
American Honey 3:45 Lady Antebellum
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
Texas Flood 5:22 Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
I Feel The Earth Move 5:00 Eternal
Let the Good Times Roll (San Quentin) 5:08 B.B. King Live at San Quentin
We Come Together (Fishy Beat Mix) 3:48 Goldfish Feat. Sakhile Moleshe
Texas Cookin’ 4:25 George Strait
That’s Right (You’re Not from Texas) 4:55 Lyle Lovett
Give A Little Bit 3:36 The Goo Goo Dolls
Dark Waters 4:35 Bob Holroyd
The Water is Wide 3:03 James Taylor
One Voice 3:24 The Wailin’ Jennys

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!

Change is happening all the time. When something I love changes, I tend to throw up all kinds of resistance and anger. Nostalgia may seem like a sweet longing for what was but the root of the word “nostalgia” are the two Greek words for “homecoming” and “pain.” Nostalgia is suffering. Whether what is changing is a child or my body or my city, my intention is to notice my nostalgia and choose curiosity and inquiry instead.

The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you, and challenge you!

There is so much happening in our vibrant community. Here is a listing of the seriously great things coming up:

CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE BELT TRAINING this weekend and next weekend
Our friend, mentor and Nia Trainer, Helen Terry is coming to Charlottesville to offer a White Belt training! White Belt is the first level of Nia training, designed to provide body-centered training to anyone interested in living better in a body or teaching Nia. Helen is a First Generation Nia Trainer, chosen years ago by the creators of Nia to be one of the first Nia trainers. She’ll be retiring soon, so don’t miss your chance to learn from this amazing teacher and trainer! For more information and to register, please visit: https://nianow.com/node/1139984. Please feel free to contact Mary Linn at marylinnl@acac.com with any questions!

CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE BELT TRAINING public classes
In addition to the training, Helen will be offering classes open to the public at the Parish Hall of the Buck Mountain Episcopal Church in Earlysville (4133 Earlysville Road, Earlysville VA ~ the small white building just past the church). The schedule is
Friday, Sept 8 6-7pm
Saturday, Sept 9 5-6pm
Sunday, Sept 10 10-11am
Monday, Sept 11 10-11am
Friday, Sept 15 10-11am
Saturday, Sept 16 6-7pm
Sunday, Sept 17 10-11am
Classes are $15 each or 4/$40

Nia Jam Harvey Fundraiser on Friday, September 15, 7-815pm at acac downtown
AND in addition to the public classes, Helen, Susan & Mary Linn will be doing a special Nia Jam Fundraiser for the Houston Nia Community impacted by the hurricane. Join us for a playful, soulful class on Friday, September 15, 7-815pm at acac downtown in the GE Room (upstairs). Please note that Mary Linn’s regular Friday evening class will be canceled due to this event. Please join us to raise some money and some love for our dancing friends in Texas. Whether or not you can join us, if you’d like to help the Houston Nia Community, you can find all the information on Helen’s blog at http://www.somaranch.com/news/2017/9/1/help-folks-affected-by-hurricane-harvey.

Autumn Equinox Event at Sevenoaks Retreat Center in Madison on September 19
Find Equanimity in these Turbulent Times at an Autumn Equinox Ceremony at Sevenoaks Retreat Center
(403 Pathwork Way, Madison, Va. 22727). Tuesday September 19, 12 noon – 8:00 PM – Come for any or all of the day. Strengthen and ground in this ancient and universal seasonal ritual and remember the inner union and peace that underlie our outer dramas and conflicts.
Remembering our depth will help us weather the storms of Life that disturb the changing surface, but do not touch the eternal Center.

I’m glad to be part of this afternoon/evening celebration. I’ll be teaching the Love Warrior routine from 12:30-1:45pm and there are lots of other offerings to enjoy. The day will include:
Equinox Medicine Wheel Ceremony
Drumming class
“Love Warrior” NIA dance class with Susan (12:30-1:45pm)
Falling into Winter: Dying into Death: A Pathwork Process of Surrender.
Deepen through story into Source–from “Women Who Run With Wolves”
A Quaker/ Meditation Meeting,
Pot-luck supper,
Ending with a Fire Circle

Come for any or all events.
Contribution requested, but open to everyone. For more information and to register: https://www.sevenoaksretreat.org/events/autumn-equinox-ceremony/

A Day Away: a retreat for you
Take a day to rest, to move and dance, to make something, to eat nourishing food, to be together. On September 30, join me and Rebecca George for a day of self-care and relaxation at the Buck Mountain Episcopal Parish Hall in Earlysville.

Set down whatever you’re carrying, take a breath and feel the restorative power of a day away.

$100. Please register by September 25. Limited to 20 participants.
Checks to SusaNia LLC and mailed to 1255 Sunset Avenue Ext., Charlottesville VA 22903 with indication of any food intolerances or at http://www.susanmcculley.com.

Moving to Heal Nia Training October 8-9 with Jule Aquirre
This training is designed for teachers and non-teachers and will be held on Sat and Sun, October 7 & 8 with trainer Jule Aquirre at the Tango Studio downtown. Designed with the unifying theme of healing, Moving to Heal (MTH) training provides you with the knowledge and skills to deliver and experience therapeutic benefits in a Nia class. For more information and to register go to: https://nianow.com/node/1182936
ALSO, Jule will offer a master class on that Saturday (10/7) at the Tango studio at 5:30 pm

 

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 . ***

Labor Day, Monday, Sep 4, 2017, 1045am ~ Same but Different

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams (Oasis cover)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want 6:47 Rusted Root (Rolling Stones cover)
Love The One You’re With 5:03 Luther Vandross (Crosby Stills & Nash cover)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 2:41 Devo (Rolling Stones cover)
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs (Roxy Music cover)
September 3:55 Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick & Earth, Wind & Fire (Earth, Wind & Fire cover) 0 9/2/2017 5:03 PM
Super Freak 4:04 Bruce Hornsby & Ricky Skaggs (Rick James cover)
Higher Ground 3:22 Red Hot Chili Peppers (Stevie Wonder cover)
Bodhisattva 5:20 Steely Dan
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy (Feat. Rod Stewart) 4:22 N-Trance (Rod Stewart cover)
Sweet Child o’ Mine (Rick Rubin…) 3:56 Sheryl Crow (Guns ‘n’ Roses cover)
Train In Vain 4:44 Annie Lennox (The Clash cover)
World Spins Madly On 2:45 The Weepies
Make You Feel My Love 3:34 Adele (Bob Dylan cover)

Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017, 840am ~ Same but Different

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams (Oasis cover)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want 6:47 Rusted Root (Rolling Stones cover)
Love The One You’re With 5:03 Luther Vandross (Crosby Stills & Nash cover)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 2:41 Devo (Rolling Stones cover)
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs (Roxy Music cover)
Higher Ground 3:22 Red Hot Chili Peppers (Stevie Wonder cover)
Super Freak 4:04 Bruce Hornsby & Ricky Skaggs (Rick James cover)
Peg 3:57 Steely Dan
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy (Feat. Rod Stewart) 4:22 N-Trance (Rod Stewart cover)
Sweet Child o’ Mine (Rick Rubin…) 3:56 Sheryl Crow (Guns ‘n’ Roses cover)
Train In Vain 4:44 Annie Lennox (The Clash cover)
World Spins Madly On 2:45 The Weepies
Make You Feel My Love 3:34 Adele (Bob Dylan cover)

Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017, 11am ~ Same but Different

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams (Oasis cover)
forever changes 5:34 ZKT
Qalanderi 7:10 Cheb i Sabbah
Braided Hair 4:03 Neneh Cherry/Speech
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs (Roxy Music cover)10:21 AM
Super Freak 4:04 Bruce Hornsby & Ricky Skaggs (Rick James cover)
Higher Ground 3:22 Red Hot Chili Peppers (Stevie Wonder cover)
History Repeating (feat. Miss 4:03 Propellerheads feat. Shirley Bassey
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy (Feat. Rod Stewart) 4:22 N-Trance (Rod Stewart cover)
September 3:36 Earth, Wind & Fire
Sweet Child o’ Mine (Rick Rubin…) 3:56 Sheryl Crow (Guns ‘n’ Roses cover)
World Spins Madly On 2:45 The Weepies
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel (Paul Simon cover)
Plegaria para el Alma de Layla 3:19 Pedro Aznar

Thursday, Sep 7, 2017, 840am ~ Same but Different

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams (Oasis cover)
forever changes 5:34 ZKT
Braided Hair 4:03 Neneh Cherry/Speech
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs (Roxy Music cover)10:21 AM
Super Freak 4:04 Bruce Hornsby & Ricky Skaggs (Rick James cover)
Higher Ground 3:22 Red Hot Chili Peppers (Stevie Wonder cover)
History Repeating (feat. Miss 4:03 Propellerheads feat. Shirley Bassey
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy (Feat. Rod Stewart) 4:22 N-Trance (Rod Stewart cover)
September 3:36 Earth, Wind & Fire
Sweet Child o’ Mine (Rick Rubin…) 3:56 Sheryl Crow (Guns ‘n’ Roses cover)
World Spins Madly On 2:45 The Weepies
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel (Paul Simon cover)
Plegaria para el Alma de Layla 3:19 Pedro Aznar

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week, we played with the energetic balance of yang and yin, fire and water, fierce and soft by dancing DragonFish: my version of Britta von Tagen’s routine Dragon. We’ll come back to it when I return from my adventures!

As I get ready to take a break from summer in the South, I’m deeply aware of how extraordinarily lucky I am. And not the least of my good fortunes is the opportunity I have to teach and dance and be with our community of movers both in Charlottesville and beyond. And for that I am so grateful.

The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you, and challenge you!

First, a couple of announcements:

A Day Away: a retreat for you
Take a day to rest, to move and dance, to make something, to eat nourishing food, to be together. On September 30, join me and Rebecca George for a day of self-care and relaxation at the Buck Mountain Episcopal Parish Hall in Earlysville.
Set down whatever you’re carrying, take a breath and feel the restorative power of a day away.

$100 if registered by August 30. $125 if registered by September 25. Limited to 20 participants.
Checks to SusaNia LLC and mailed to 1255 Sunset Avenue Ext., Charlottesville VA 22903 with indication of any food intolerances or at http://www.susanmcculley.com. Some scholarship money available, please inquire!

CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE BELT TRAINING in September
Our friend, mentor and Nia Trainer, Helen Terry is coming to Charlottesville to offer a White Belt training! White Belt is the first level of Nia training, designed to provide body-centered training to anyone interested in living better in a body or teaching Nia. Helen is a First Generation Nia Trainer, chosen years ago by the creators of Nia to be one of the first Nia trainers. She’ll be retiring soon, so don’t miss your chance to learn from this amazing teacher and trainer! For more information and to register, please visit: https://nianow.com/node/1139984. Please feel free to contact Mary Linn at marylinnl@acac.com with any questions!

The Awesome Event sponsored by Divine Play October 27-29
Join us for the weekend of October 27-19 in exploring an understanding of the mind that will allow you to break free of limits, relate with others, and naturally ripple ease, resilience and FUN through your personal and work life. Get all the information, buy tickets at http://www.theawesomeevent.com or call Jeanne Catherine: 434-218-9500.

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, Jul 31, 2017, 1045am ~ DragonFish

Morning Birds 7:08 Deuter
Kung Fu Cowboys 6:28 Desert Dwellers
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Satori Mix) 5:45 Kodo
Bang 4:19 Badmarsh & Shri
Red Rhythm Dragon 5:00 James Asher
Dragon Attack 4:19 Queen
Tribal 4:07 Badmarsh & Shri
Freedom (feat. The Mail Pilots) 4:39 Nossa Toca
The Last Mile 6:12 Badmarsh & Shri
Appa 2:57 Badmarsh & Shri
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017, 840am ~ DragonFish

Out Of Town 5:20 Cantoma
Kung Fu Cowboys 6:28 Desert Dwellers
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Satori Mix) 5:45 Kodo
Bang 4:19 Badmarsh & Shri
Red Rhythm Dragon 5:00 James Asher
Dragon Attack 4:19 Queen
Tribal 4:07 Badmarsh & Shri
Freedom (feat. The Mail Pilots) 4:39 Nossa Toca
The Last Mile 6:12 Badmarsh & Shri
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017, 11am ~ DragonFish

Morning Birds 7:08 Deuter
Kung Fu Cowboys 6:28 Desert Dwellers
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Satori Mix) 5:45 Kodo
Bang 4:19 Badmarsh & Shri
Red Rhythm Dragon 5:00 James Asher
Dragon Attack 4:19 Queen
Tribal 4:07 Badmarsh & Shri
Freedom (feat. The Mail Pilots) 4:39 Nossa Toca
The Last Mile 6:12 Badmarsh & Shri
Appa 2:57 Badmarsh & Shri
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017, 840am ~ DragonFish

Heavenly Day 3:45 Patty Griffin
Kung Fu Cowboys 6:28 Desert Dwellers
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Satori Mix) 5:45 Kodo
Old 2:20 Paul Simon
Born This Way 4:20 Lady Gaga
Shady Esperanto & The Young Hearts 3:03 Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers
Dragon Attack 4:19 Queen
Tribal 4:07 Badmarsh & Shri
Freedom (feat. The Mail Pilots) 4:39 Nossa Toca
Gandhi/Buddha 3:28 Cheryl Wheeler
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

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!

This week, artist and Nia dancer, Laurie Davis sent me this quote from Vincent van Gogh:
“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”
which completely captures the essence of this week’s focus. Rather than floating along in auto-pilot, dive in, splash around, and be in it with your whole heart.

The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you, and challenge you!

Only a couple of announcements:

DragonFish with Susan next week
Next week in my classes, I’ll be teaching DragonFish: my version of Britta von Tagen’s Dragon routine. Come Monday, 1045-12noon at the Square, Tuesday & Thursday, 840-940am Downtown and Wednesday, 11-1215pm at the Square to feel the fire and the water, the yin and yang and some juicy open hips!

CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE BELT TRAINING in September
Our friend, mentor and Nia Trainer, Helen Terry is coming to Charlottesville to offer a White Belt training! White Belt is the first level of Nia training, designed to provide body-centered training to anyone interested in living better in a body or teaching Nia. Helen is a First Generation Nia Trainer, chosen years ago by the creators of Nia to be one of the first Nia trainers. She’ll be retiring soon, so don’t miss your chance to learn from this amazing teacher and trainer! For more information and to register, please visit: https://nianow.com/node/1139984. Please feel free to contact Mary Linn at marylinnl@acac.com with any questions!

The Awesome Event sponsored by Divine Play October 27-29
Join us for the weekend of October 27-19 in exploring an understanding of the mind that will allow you to break free of limits, relate with others, and naturally ripple ease, resilience and FUN through your personal and work life. Get all the information, buy tickets at http://www.theawesomeevent.com or call Jeanne Catherine: 434-218-9500.

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, Jul 23, 2017, 1245pm for Jeanne ~ Don’t Go with the Flow

Sofa Rockers [Richard Dorfmeister Remix] 8:34 Sofa Surfers
The Flame 6:51 Deep Dive Corp.
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Sato 5:45 Kodo
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
Ants Marching 4:31 Dave Matthews Band
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
The Sea 5:38 Morcheeba

Monday, Jul 24, 2017, 1045am ~ Don’t Go with the Flow

Damascus 2:03 Conjure One Feat. Chemda
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Qalanderi 7:10 Cheb i Sabbah
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Sato 5:45 Kodo
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Dive 3:58 Steven Curtis Chapman
Little By Little 5:30 Groove Armada
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
The Sea 5:38 Morcheeba
Let It Go 2:16 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017, 840am ~ Don’t Go with the Flow

Sofa Rockers [Richard Dorfmeister Remix] 8:34 Sofa Surfers
The Flame 6:51 Deep Dive Corp.
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Sato 5:45 Kodo
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
Ants Marching 4:31 Dave Matthews Band
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Somehow Familiar 3:40 Fabrizio Paterlini

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017, 11am ~ Don’t Go with the Flow

Morning Birds 7:08 Deuter
forever changes 5:34 ZKT
Catu (Vienna Sub Mix) 6:21 Ikarus
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Sato 5:45 Kodo
Bang 4:19 Badmarsh & Shri
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Tribal 4:07 Badmarsh & Shri
The Last Mile 6:12 Badmarsh & Shri
10 Questions for the Dalai Lama 3:15 Peter Kater

Thursday, Jul 27, 2017, 840am ~ Don’t Go with the Flow

Damascus 2:03 Conjure One Feat. Chemda
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Qalanderi 7:10 Cheb i Sabbah
Mountain Path 4:30 Badmarsh & Shri
Strobe’s Nanafushi (Sato 5:45 Kodo
Bang 4:19 Badmarsh & Shri
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Dive 3:58 Steven Curtis Chapman
The Last Mile 6:12 Badmarsh & Shri
Let It Go 2:16 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

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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