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A real Yes feels totally different than a I-should-really-do-this Yes. A real No is entirely different from a Nah-I-Don’t-Reall-Feel-Like-It No. Knowing the difference makes all the difference.

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:

• Love Warrior: embody an evolving movement ~ Sunday, May 7, 3-430pm
a moving experience of activism in support of a local Syrian immigrant family
Join Susan to experience a new and evolving 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. If you’ve not done this routine before, this is a great time to experience it. If you have, come do it with us again ~~ it’s always changing.
The way we treat the most vulnerable among us says the most about who we are. Enjoy an evening of movement, music, and community and at the same time offer support to a Syrian immigrant family.
Donate-What-You-Can ~ All proceeds from the event will go to our Syrian neighbors

Memorial Day Nia – Monday, May 29 from 11-12:15pm
For the holiday, acac has a slightly modified schedule so on Memorial Day (and all Monday holidays), Nia at acac Albemarle Square will be from 11am-1215pm! Come spend some of your day off with your body and with us!

dance.sit.create… RESCHEDULED Saturday, Jun 24, 2o17, 8:30am-5pm
Turns out that Mother’s Day weekend is a terrible time for a retreat. So, we will dance.sit.create. now on June 24. 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 May 24. Late Bird: $125 if registered by June 20
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.

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!
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, Apr 23, 2017, 1045am ~ Earthiness with Mary Linn

Planet Earth [Demo] 3:15 Michael Jackson
Earth Song 6:47 Michael Jackson
In The Trees 6:03 Sunmonx
Kill Your Mama clean 2:41 Alicia Keys
The Drummers of the Earth 6:24 The Eclectics
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
Mother Earth 6:52 Veeresh and the Humaniversity
Back To the Earth 3:48 Jason Mraz
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
I See Fire 5:01 Ed Sheeran
First Impressions 4:08 Yo Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017, 840am ~ Yes, No…and GAH

Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
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
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ 4:48 Scissor Sisters
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Little By Little 5:30 Groove Armada
27 Words 4:23 Bob Holroyd

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017, 11am ~Yes, No…and GAH

Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
The Heart is A Lonely Hunter 6:22 Thievery Corporation
Instant Karma 3:14 U2
This Land Is Your Land 4:38 Little Feat
Little By Little 5:30 Groove Armada
Mercy 4:31 Dave Matthews Band
27 Words 4:23 Bob Holroyd

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017, 840am ~ Yes, No…and GAH

Sacred Light 4:56 Bob Holroyd
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Reconfluence 6:19 Bob Holroyd
The Heart is A Lonely Hunter 6:22 Thievery Corporation
Instant Karma 3:14 U2
Headed In the Right Direction 3:29 India.Arie
Little By Little 5:30 Groove Armada
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

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!

Thanks to Anne and Mary Linn for making it possible for me to take a couple of days away this week. It reminds me (yet again) that we practice not to get better and dancing but to get better at living.

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:

• Love Warrior: embody an evolving movement ~ Sunday, May 7, 3-430pm
a moving experience of activism in support of a local Syrian immigrant family
Join Susan to experience a new and evolving 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. If you’ve not done this routine before, this is a great time to experience it. If you have, come do it with us again ~~ it’s always changing.

The way we treat the most vulnerable among us says the most about who we are. Enjoy an evening of movement, music, and community and at the same time offer support to a Syrian immigrant family.
Donate-What-You-Can ~ All proceeds from the event will go to our Syrian neighbors

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.
$125 — please register 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.

Guts & Grace Nia Class With Susan Tate, Black Belt Nia Instructor
Saturday, April 22, 10-11am at Sexual Assault Resource Agency, 335 Greenbrier Drive, Ste 102, Charlottesville 22901
Nia is a joyful and exhilarating worldwide fusion fitness practice that blends the expressiveness of dance arts, the dynamic energies of martial arts, and the healing self-awareness of several healing arts. Nia is practiced barefoot and offers movements adaptable to individual needs and abilities.
By Any donation – All proceeds to benefit the
Sexual Assault Resource Agency
Suggested donation: $15

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!

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, Apr 17, 2017, 1045am ~ Love with Anne

Love’s Divine 4:40 Best Of 1991-2004 (Disc 1) Seal
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhail… 7:08 Alive Kaya Project
Sweeter Love 8:09 Sexi Blue Six
Don’t Deny Me Love (Featuring Al… 7:02 Velvet Physics
Best of My Love 3:42 The Emotions: Super Hits The Emotions
Sexy And I Know It 3:18 C’est Bleu – With Alors On Danse,… Favorite Star
I’m Gonna Love You 5:47 Love In a Black Dimension Jestofunk
All You Need Is Love 3:50 1 The Beatles
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Am I The One? 5:59 Sanjana Solovox
Lovesong 5:16 21 ADELE
All Is Full of Love 4:47 Björk’s Greatest Hits Björk

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017, 840am ~ with Mary Linn (focus on planes & levels as a means to moving into one’s potential):

Lay Your Sorrows Down/Bluetech featuring Katrina Blackstone
Three Little Birds (12″Mix, Dub Version)/Bob Marley & The Wailers
In the Trees/Sunmonx
We Come Together (Fishy Beat Mix)/Goldfish featuring Sakhile Moleshe
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix)/Desert Dwellers
Get Up/Badmarsh & Shri
Nataraj/Ganga Giri
The Last Mile/Badmarsh & Shri
Blueprint/Bob Holroyd
Grateful/Nimesh Patel & Daniel Nahmod

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017, 11am ~ Why We Practice

Kecharitomene 6:35 Loreena McKennitt
The Flame 6:51 Deep Dive Corp.
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) 6:29 Rodney Hunter
Open Sesame (G’s Talking Drum Mix) 6:10 Crosstown Traffic
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
Devil’s Teeth 3:30 Muddy Magnolias
Higher Ground 3:22 Red Hot Chili Peppers
Fire to Me 4:36 Hyper/The Crystal Method
Right Here, Right Now 3:07 Jesus Jones
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Flute Meditation 10:09 Helen’s Flute Friend (unpublished – let me know if you’d like it)

Thursday, Apr 20, 2017, 840am ~ Why We Practice

Kecharitomene 6:35 Loreena McKennitt
The Flame 6:51 Deep Dive Corp.
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) 6:29 Rodney Hunter
Open Sesame (G’s Talking Drum Mix) 6:10 Crosstown Traffic
Steal Drum 7:07 The Martin Brothers
Devil’s Teeth 3:30 Muddy Magnolias
Higher Ground 3:22 Red Hot Chili Peppers
Right Here, Right Now 3:07 Jesus Jones
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
One Zero Two 3:02 Alucidnation

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 1230pm ~ Earth Day with Mary Linn

Planet Earth [Demo] 3:15 Michael Jackson
Earth Song 6:47 Michael Jackson
In The Trees 6:03 Sunmonx
Kill Your Mama clean 2:41 Alicia Keys
Dancing is Important 5:37 Moodswings
Mother Earth 6:52 Veeresh and the Humaniversity
What I Know 4:14 Parachute
Back To the Earth 3:48 Jason Mraz
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Hit the Ground 3:31 Lizz Wright
First Impressions 4:08 Yo Yo Ma, Mark O’Connor, Edgar Meyer

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!


Stop when you stop.
Go when you go.

I need this reminder all the time. When it comes to stopping, I can feel the rejuvenation of pausing whether it’s between weeks or activities, bites or breaths. You can do it right now. Stop and feel yourself recharge.

Stopping gives me the energy and focus and skillfulness to go: go in the direction and with the approach that serves best.

Speaking of GOING, this is the week to sign up for the next dance.sit.create. day-treat on May 13! Get the reduced rate if you sign up now. So…GO!

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:

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.

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!
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, Apr 10, 2017, 1045am ~ Stop & Go

Somebody Stand By Me 5:06 Stevie Nicks
Stop For A Minute (feat. K’naan) 4:07 Keane
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
I Love The Way You Move 4:00 OutKast
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Let’s Go 3:32 The Cars
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
Don’t Stop Me Now 3:31 Queen
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
Standing Still 4:31 Jewel
Stop 3:32 Lizz Wright
Should I Stay or Should I Go 3:56 The Cooltrane Quartet
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017, 840am ~ Stop & Go

Somebody Stand By Me 5:06 Stevie Nicks
Stop For A Minute (feat. K’naan) 4:07 Keane
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
I Love The Way You Move 4:00 OutKast
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
Don’t Stop Me Now 3:31 Queen
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
Stop 3:32 Lizz Wright
Should I Stay or Should I Go 3:56 The Cooltrane Quartet
A Stream With Bright Fish 3:57 Brian Eno & Harold Budd

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017, 11am ~ Stop & Go

Breathe In (feat. Wafia) 3:20 Japanese Wallpaper
Stop For A Minute (feat. K’naan) 4:07 Keane
Tamacun 3:26 Rodrigo Y Gabriela
I Love The Way You Move 4:00 OutKast
Qalanderi 7:10 Cheb i Sabbah
Sexyback 4:03 Justin Timberlake
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
Jump n’ Move 3:22 The Brand New Heavies
Apollo (Adam Goldstone Edit) 5:52 Cujo
Cirrus 5:49 Bonobo
New Morning 3:44 Alpha Rev
Stop 4:39 Sheryl Crow
Standing 4:05 Patty Griffin
Coda 1:17 Jai Uttal

Thursday, Apr 13, 2017, 840am ~ Stop & Go

Breathe In (feat. Wafia) 3:20 Japanese Wallpaper
Stop For A Minute (feat. K’naan) 4:07 Keane
Tamacun 3:26 Rodrigo Y Gabriela
I Love The Way You Move 4:00 OutKast
Qalanderi 7:10 Cheb i Sabbah
Sexyback 4:03 Justin Timberlake
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
Jump n’ Move 3:22 The Brand New Heavies
Apollo (Adam Goldstone Edit) 5:52 Cujo
Cirrus 5:49 Bonobo
Stop 4:39 Sheryl Crow
Standing 4:05 Patty Griffin
Coda 1:17 Jai Uttal

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!


I probably use the wise instruction of my first teacher multiple times every day: if you lose your intention and find yourself doing something else, it’s fine, it’s actually a magic moment. As soon as you realize you’ve lost your focus, simply begin again.

Right. When I forget to floss and speak without thinking, when I hunch my shoulders and clench my jaw, when I put off doing my books and don’t rest enough, I can notice what I’m doing, take a breath and begin again.

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:

• Anne’s Saturday 9am Downtown Class on April 8 is ON.
It wasn’t going to be but now it is. So YAY for Saturday morning Nia at 9am at acac downtown!

• 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!

• Claire’s baby has arrived!
Cedar Glen Grace was born April 2, 2017 at 3:39am. At 8lb 12oz, he is healthy, handsome, and with happy parents. Here is a picture of him 1 day old. Claire is resting now with a full heart!

• 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! I have some in both ladies and regular sizes for $17. If you’d like one, please email me at sjmnia@gmail.com.

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, Apr 3, 2017, 1045am ~ Begin Again

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
I Believe (feat. Michael Franti & Nahko) 3:23 SOJA
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
The Beginning 5:40 Seal
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
I Don’t Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White) 3:44 Flo Rida
In The Beginning 3:22 K’Naan
Unpack Your Heart 3:16 Phillip Phillips
Ooh Child ((Remix)) 3:33 Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
It Begins Again 6:26 Satori

Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017, 840am ~ Begin Again

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
I Believe (feat. Michael Franti & Nahko) 3:23 SOJA
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
I Don’t Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White) 3:44 Flo Rida
In The Beginning 3:22 K’Naan
Unpack Your Heart 3:16 Phillip Phillips
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
It Begins Again 6:26 Satori

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017, 11am ~ Begin Again

A Different Space 8:43 Bob Holroyd
Journeyman 6:41 Bob Holroyd
Takshaka 10:42 Makyo
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
Samb Adagio 5:58 Safri Duo
Maha Lakshmi 5:19 El Cosmo Group
Dark Waters 4:35 Bob Holroyd
While My Guitar Gently Weeps 4:01 Santana Feat. India.Arie & Yo-Yo Ma
Miniature 9 6:11 Matthew Robert Cooper

Thursday, Apr 6, 2017, 840am ~ Begin Again

A Different Space 8:43 Bob Holroyd
Journeyman 6:41 Bob Holroyd
Takshaka 10:42 Makyo
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
Sambatucada (Nari & Gaudino Sambadrhome Radio Edit) 3:35 Gaudino Da Costa
Maha Lakshmi 5:19 El Cosmo Group
Dark Waters 4:35 Bob Holroyd
While My Guitar Gently Weeps 4:01 Santana Feat. India.Arie & Yo-Yo Ma
Any Other Name 4:10 Thomas Newman

Friday, Apr 7, 2017, 6pm ~ Love Warrior: embody a movement (for The Front Porch)

Everybody Wants To Rule the World 2:36 Lorde
Beauty & the East (Banco de Gaia Remix) 6:51 Bombay Dub Orchestra
Wristband 3:18 Paul Simon
Mexican Chef 3:49 Xenia Rubinos
Ain’t No Man 3:34 The Avett Brothers
American Idiot 2:54 Green Day
Faith (feat. Ariana Grande) 2:43 Stevie Wonder
Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar) 4:50 Beyoncé
Revolution 3:40 Coco Love Alcorn
I Need to Wake Up (From “An Inconvenient Truth”) 3:34 Melissa Etheridge
This Land Is Your Land 4:38 Little Feat
Mercy 4:31 Dave Matthews Band
We Are the Ones 2:51 Sweet Honey In the Rock T
Gentle Exit 4:15 The Happening

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!


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?

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!

Especially when life feels overwhelming or out of control in some way, it’s a helpful reminder that I actually do, in every moment, have choices. Even if the choices aren’t great or are narrow, I’m still the captain of my own little ship. And that’s power.

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:

• 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!

• 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

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 (you know you would)? 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…

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 20, 2017, 1045am ~ Choices for Personal Power

Here We Go 5:59 Deep Dive Corp. Ft. Hush Forever
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
The Power Of Bhangra 3:27 Snap!, Motivo
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright 4:33 The Baby Sitters Circus
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Empty Vessel 3:46 Bob Holroyd
Stillpoint 4:18 Oliver Shanti & Friends

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017, 840am ~ Choices for Personal Power

Here We Go 5:59 Deep Dive Corp. Ft. Hush Forever
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
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright 4:33 The Baby Sitters Circus
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Empty Vessel 3:46 Bob Holroyd

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017, 11am ~ Choices for Personal Power

Here We Go 5:59 Deep Dive Corp. Ft. Hush Forever
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
(For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People 3:44 Joss Stone
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright 4:33 The Baby Sitters Circus
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
The Power Of The Heart 5:54 Peter Gabriel

Thursday, Mar 23, 2017, 840am ~ Choices for Personal Power

Here We Go 5:59 Deep Dive Corp. Ft. Hush Forever
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
Power to the People 3:23 John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright 4:33 The Baby Sitters Circus
Elephant (Dub) 6:07 Spiral System
Empty Vessel 3:46 Bob Holroyd

Saturday, Mar 25, 2017, 9am for Anne ~ Choices for Personal Power

Ooh Child (Alternate Version) 3:54 Beth Orton
Finally Moving 4:38 Pretty Lights
I Believe (feat. Michael Franti & Nahko) 3:23 SOJA
SuNu 5:05 Rising Appalachia
Belly Belly Nice 3:53 Dave Matthews Band
Mussiki é (Jungle Mix) 7:11 Miango
Mad World (feat. Safri Duo & Isam B) [Raaban Edit] 3:34 Michael Parsberg
The Power Of Bhangra 3:27 Snap!, Motivo
I Don’t Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White) 3:44 Flo Rida
Unpack Your Heart 3:16 Phillip Phillips
Power to the People 3:35 Black Eyed Peas
Ooh Child ((Remix)) 3:33 Nina Simone
Everything’ll Be Alright 4:07 Catherine MacLellan
Waters of Miriam (Live at Esalen) Part 2 4:42 Josh Brill

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!

The question she asked was, “What do I do if I hate it?”
The answer Pema Chodron offers is, “The way to dissolve our resistance to life is to meet it face to face.”
The follow-up question (and there HAS to be a follow-up question, right?) might be, “WHY meet our resistance face to face?”

The answer I offer is three-fold:

1. Calm Center – Our essence is peace and calm. When we are pushed and pulled by likes and dislikes, we move further away from that essence.

2. Curiosity – Staying with my feelings around my dislikes gives me information about my tendencies and patterns. Do I want to control this situation? Do I feel like I don’t matter? Is this an old habit of thinking/ feeling that I don’t need to use anymore?

3. Conscious Choice – By practicing coming face to face with what I don’t like in a low-stakes environment (like Nia class or on the meditation cushion), I am practicing for when life presents me with pain or challenges. If I run away when the stakes are low, I won’t have the tools to be present when the stakes are high.

All the hook-filled 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:

• 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!

• FREE Workshop: Conscious Communication with Mary Linn & Susan ~ Saturday, March 25, 3-5pm
A heARTful Action gathering 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 the new routine, 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 (you know you would)? 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 . ***

Monday, Mar 6, 2017, 1045am ~ What Do I Do If I Hate It?

Yulunga [Spirit Dance] 6:56 Dead Can Dance
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Sometimes 5:14 Kaskade
Do It Anyway 4:23 Ben Folds Five
Gulf Breeze 6:30 Eat Static
Dancing is Important 5:37 Moodswings
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs
Everloving 3:26 Moby
Winter 5:43 Tori Amos
Devorzhum 6:13 Dead Can Dance

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017, 840am ~ What Do I Do If I Hate It?

Yulunga [Spirit Dance] 6:56 Dead Can Dance
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Dancing is Important 5:37 Moodswings
Gulf Breeze 6:30 Eat Static
Do It Anyway 4:23 Ben Folds Five 1/25/2013 2:59 PM
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs
Everloving 3:26 Moby
Winter 5:43 Tori Amos
Nothing Lasts Forever [Instrumental] 3:58 Adam Plack/Deepak Chopra M.D.

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017, 11am ~ What Do I Do If I Hate It?

Passing Away 5:16 Nahoo
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Thinkin’ ’bout Somethin’ 3:45 Hanson
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Spinning the Wheel 6:24 George Michael
Silk Road 8:00 Kitaro
Why 4:54 Annie Lennox
Devorzhum 6:13 Dead Can Dance

Thursday, Mar 9, 2017, 840am ~ What Do I Do If I Hate It?

Passing Away 5:16 Nahoo
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Sometimes 5:14 Kaskade
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Thinkin’ ’bout Somethin’ 3:45 Hanson
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Spinning the Wheel 6:24 George Michael
Silk Road 8:00 Kitaro
Why 4:54 Annie Lennox

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!