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A shortened week of teaching while I take a brief jaunt to West Virginia to spend some time with a friend, celebrating the Solstice and hanging out with Inspiration.

You can find this week’s Inspiration Space playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:

Free 3-Part training series of videos from Cecily Armstrong
For the past several months, Cecily Armstrong has been helping me on a healing process that has changed my relationship with food, my body and myself. Her work has helped me get a deeper understanding of nutrition and intuitive connection to what my body-self really needs and wants. She is deeply grounded in the science of nutrition as well as energy healing and other healing modalities. Now she is offering a 3-part training series called: Decoding your body’s wisdom; Stop second-guessing what to do with your diet to look and feel amazing. Please follow this link http://cecilyarmstrong.com/decodebodywisdom/ to get access to all three videos! If this resonates even a little, please do this for yourself.

Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barf on the Bed ~ My First Book!

I’m excited to announce that Buddha Cat is in the process of publication! After months of the creative process, I’m now embarking on the adventure of production and then spreading the word! Will you join me to help spread some insight and delight with Buddha Cat? Please go to http://www.susanmcculley.com and sign up to be a Buddha Cat Backer and I’ll send you updates on publication, discounts and other special goodies! Even better: share this with a friend or two and send the ripple out even further!

Nia Love Jam for Antje Waxman ~ Friday, Jun 22, 545-7pm
Join Susan McCulley, Jeanne Catherine Gray, Mary Linn Bergstrom, and Kate Aust for a very special Nia Love Jam! Our friend and fellow Nia teacher Antje Waxman lost her husband Ken in January after a long illness. Family and friends will gather this week to celebrate his life, and we are gathering to show our continued community support and love for Antje!
Please join us on Friday, June 22 from 5:45-7pm in Mind/Body Studio A at ACAC Downtown for an uplifting hour of movement, healing, and LOVE! Members may bring a guest for free!
As you might expect, Ken’s illness was financially costly. If you are so led, monetary donations are gratefully accepted at https://www.gofundme.com/AntjeandKenWaxman .

July 4th Nia with Susan & Mary Linn ~ Weds, Jul 4, 11am/strong>
Join Susan & Mary Linn for a celebration of creativity and healing in a special Nia class on the 4th at acac Albemarle Square from 11am to 1215pm! Spend part of the holiday with yourself, your body and some extremely cool people.

Nia Freedance First Fridays with Kate at ACAC ~ Friday, Jul 6!
Every first Friday Kate Aust shares a Nia freedance class at ACAC Albemarle Square. Nia Freedance gives you an opportunity to play for a full hour moving your body’s way. We each get to tap into the creative wisdom of our body, emotions, mind and spirit stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance class will be Friday, Jul 6 from 11:25 to 12:25 in studio B.

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

Monday, Jun 18, 2018, 1045am ~ Inspiration Space

Coming Back To Life 6:19 Pink Floyd
Barely Breathing 4:15 Duncan Sheik
Good Life 4:13 OneRepublic
Drive By 3:16 Train Radical Sabbatical
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Ali Click Trance Mix 7:29 Brian Eno
Proud 4:30 Heather Small
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 6:44 Sting
Breathe 3:37 The Makepeace Brothers
Father I Know (Mix 1) 3:08 Jamie Catto
Breathing Out 4:56 Shaman’s Dream

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018, 840am ~ Inspiration Space

Coming Back To Life 6:19 Pink Floyd
Barely Breathing 4:15 Duncan Sheik
Good Life 4:13 OneRepublic
Drive By 3:16 Train
Sweet Inspiration 4:41 Derek Trucks Band
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Ali Click Trance Mix 7:29 Brian Eno
Proud 4:30 Heather Small
Once a Day (feat. Sonna Rele) 3:58 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Father I Know (Mix 1) 3:08 Jamie Catto
Breathe 3:37 The Makepeace Brothers
Plegaria para el Alma de Layla 3:19 Pedro Aznar

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2017, 11am ~ with Kate

Thursday, Jun 21, 2017, 840am ~ with Jeanne

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 is one of my favorite lines from Sophie B. Hawkins’ 1994 song, As I Lay Me Down but this week, I want the people in the song to breathe more and feel their energy and excitement. Rather than barely breathing, I wish for them lots and lots of breath. Maybe that way, it would feel less like falling in love and more like flying into love.

You can find this week’s Falling or Flying playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:

FREE 3-Part video training series from Cecily Armstrong
For the past several months, Cecily Armstrong has been helping me on a healing process that has changed my relationship with food, my body, and myself. Her work has helped me get a deeper understanding of nutrition and intuitive connection to what my body-self really needs and wants. She is deeply grounded in the science of nutrition as well as energy healing and other healing modalities. Now she is offering a 3-part training series called: Decoding your body’s wisdom; Stop second-guessing what to do with your diet to look and feel amazing. Please follow this link to get access to all three videos! If this resonates even a little, please do this for yourself.

Nia Love Jam for Antje Waxman ~ Friday, Jun 22, 545-7pm
Join Susan McCulley, Jeanne Catherine Gray, Mary Linn Bergstrom, and Kate Aust for a very special Nia Love Jam! Our friend and fellow Nia teacher Antje Waxman lost her husband Ken in January after a long illness. Family and friends will gather this week to celebrate his life, and we are gathering to show our continued community support and love for Antje! 
Please join us on Friday, June 22 from 5:45-7pm in Mind/Body Studio A at ACAC Downtown for an uplifting hour of movement, healing, and LOVE! Members may bring a guest for free!
As you might expect, Ken’s illness was financially costly. If you are so led, monetary donations are gratefully accepted at https://www.gofundme.com/AntjeandKenWaxman .

Nia Moving to Heal with Sheila Queen at The Senior Center on Thursdays
Please join Sheila Queen for Nia Moving to Heal at the Senior Center! Classes are every Thursday from 12-1. The focus of this practice is on the sensation of feeling better move by move, breath by breath. It offers a gentle, modified version of a Nia routine that is inviting for newcomers or for others who may be more experienced and are healing in some way. It is open to the public and the 1st class is always free. You can register online at http://www.seniorcenter.org (find Programs, click on Health and Fitness and scroll until you see Nia Moving to Heal) or in person. For questions contact Sheila at squeen125@gmail.com or 434-882-4129.

Celebrate Independence Day with Nia at acac ~ Weds, Jul 4, 11am/strong>
Join Susan for Nia on the 4th at acac Albemarle Square at 11am! Spend an hour with yourself, your body and some extremely cool people.

Nia Freedance First Fridays with Kate at ACAC ~ Friday, Jul 6!
Every first Friday Kate Aust shares a Nia freedance class at ACAC Albemarle Square. Nia Freedance gives you an opportunity to play for a full hour moving your body’s way. We each get to tap into the creative wisdom of our body, emotions, mind and spirit stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance class will be Friday, Jul 6 from 11:25 to 12:25 in studio B.
As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Jun 11, 2018, 1045am ~ Falling or Flying

Big Sky 4:04 Annie Lennox
Down To Earth 5:59 Peter Gabriel
Breathe 4:12 Blue Stone
Fly to Bombay 7:40 Mazachigno
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Nothing But the Water (II) 5:17 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Fall Down 3:22 Toad the Wet Sprocket
Dust in the Wind 3:30 Daughter Darling
Flying 6:13 Garth Stevenson
Falling or Flying 4:57 Grace Potter
Jai Radha Madhav 6:27 Deva Premal

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018, 840am ~ Falling or Flying

Big Sky 4:04 Annie Lennox
Down To Earth 5:59 Peter Gabriel
Fly to Bombay 7:40 Mazachigno
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Nothing But the Water (II) 5:17 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Fall Down 3:22 Toad the Wet Sprocket
Dust in the Wind 3:30 Daughter Darling
Flying 6:13 Garth Stevenson
Falling or Flying 4:57 Grace Potter
Campfire 2:36 Jon Hopkins

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2017, 11am ~ Falling or Flying

Wish U Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Fly to Bombay 7:40 Mazachigno
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Cruel Summer 3:28 Bananarama
Fall Down 3:22 Toad the Wet Sprocket
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
As I Lay Me Down 4:08 Sophie B. Hawkins
Falling or Flying 4:57 Grace Potter
Serengeti (Bliss Mix) 5:30 Infernal

Thursday, Jun 14, 2017, 840am ~ Falling or Flying

Wish U Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Fly to Bombay 7:40 Mazachigno
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Cruel Summer 3:28 Bananarama
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
As I Lay Me Down 4:08 Sophie B. Hawkins
Falling or Flying 4:57 Grace Potter
Jai Radha Madhav 6:27 Deva Premal

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!

Midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear:

I’m not screwing around. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go. Your armor is preventing you from growing into your gifts. I understand that you needed these protections when you were small. I understand that you believed your armor could help you secure all of the things you needed to feel worthy and lovable, but you’re still searching and you’re more lost than ever. Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through your veins. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen.
~ Brene Brown from Midlife Unraveling on http://www.brenebrown.com

Brene Brown’s essay Midlife Unraveling showed up in my inbox somehow this week. I don’t know how it got there, but I was amazed at how she echos our focus: let go of the protecting and defending, feel your own strength and support. From there, soften and open your heart wide to anything, everything and everyone. (Christine Gyovai then pointed me to a wonderful interview with Brene Brown on the On Being podcast. I recommend it highly. You can find it here.

You can find this week’s Strong Back Soft Heart playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:

Cville Dance Co-Op: Falling or Flying with Susan ~ Sunday, Jun 10, 1015am-1215pm
I’m putting together a playlist for the Cville Dance Co-Op based on the song Falling or Flying by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51crtZBSWRk) I’ve been thinking about how both falling and flying are full of energy. And how both falling and flying could be scary and unsettling and both could also be exciting and eye-opening. Are we falling or flying? Are we living or dying?
I’ll be offering the music and holding the space for the Cville Dance Co-op on Sunday, June 10 from 10:15-12noon at Common Ground in the Jefferson School. The Co-op http://www.cvilledancecoop.com/who-we-are/ is a substance free, non-verbal, barefoot, 115 minutes of freedance. No steps to learn, no teacher, nothing but what’s flowing and moving in your own body. Let’s fall and fly together. I hope you’ll join us.
C’ville Dance Co-op, http://cvilledancecoop.com
Location (Common Ground, 2nd floor of Jefferson School, 233 4th St NW)
Date/time: Sunday, Jun 10: doors open at 10:15am for warming up, entrance locks at 10:45am, dancing until noon, then closing circle (come for the whole time!)
What to bring: Water bottle, comfortable clothes, optional donation for Common Ground
You can RSVP or ask questions at the Facebook event here.

Rachel’s Birthday Class ~ Sunday, Jun 10, 315-430pm
It’s Rachel’s birthday and she’s hosting a dance part! Come join her, Mary Linn, Anne, Antje, Jeanne and me for some serious play. Whenever we celebrate any one of us, we celebrate us all. Wear your party hat.

Nia Freedance First Fridays with Kate at ACAC ~ Friday, Jul 6!
Every first Friday Kate Aust shares a Nia freedance class at ACAC Albemarle Square. Nia Freedance gives you an opportunity to play for a full hour moving your body’s way. We each get to tap into the creative wisdom of our body, emotions, mind and spirit stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance class will be Friday, Jul 6 from 11:25 to 12:25 in studio B.

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

Monday, Jun 4, 2018, 1045am ~ Strong Back Soft Heart

Throw Off the Shackles 6:21 Moodswings
Moodswings Overture 5:53 Moodswings
Problem Solved 8:13 Moodswings
Rainsong 6:30 Moodswings
100% Total Success 3:52 Moodswings
Microcosmic 4:24 Moodswings
Spiritual High, Pt. 1 10:09 Moodswings
Overcome (feat. Nile Rodgers) 3:11 Laura Mvula
Climb On (A Back That’s Strong) 4:16 Shawn Colvin
Human 3:20 Rag’n’Bone Man
Show the Way 3:44 David Wilcox

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2018, 840am ~ Strong Back Soft Heart

Throw Off the Shackles 6:21 Moodswings
Moodswings Overture 5:53 Moodswings
Problem Solved 8:13 Moodswings
Rainsong 6:30 Moodswings
Spiritual High, Pt. 1 10:09 Moodswings
Overcome (feat. Nile Rodgers) 3:11 Laura Mvula
Climb On (A Back That’s Strong) 4:16 Shawn Colvin
Human 3:20 Rag’n’Bone Man
Show the Way 3:44 David Wilcox

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2017, 11am ~ Strong Back Soft Heart

All Colours Pt 3 2:50 Bob Holroyd
Factor 30 9:34 Bjarno
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Free Souls Part 3 (DUBLEX INC. Remix) 5:43 Nickodemus & Osiris
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

Thursday, Jun 7, 2017, 840am ~ Strong Back Soft Heart

All Colours Pt 3 2:50 Bob Holroyd
Factor 30 9:34 Bjarno
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Free Souls Part 3 (DUBLEX INC. Remix) 5:43 Nickodemus & Osiris
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!

As a recovering English major, I love to think about and play with words. After this week’s classes on the verbs of balance, health and life, I’m wondering if there are any nouns at all? Maybe nothing is a solid thing and everything is a process.

You can find this week’s Balance Health Life: Verbs playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:

Susan teaching Friday, Jun 1, 545pm at acac Downtown
In an unexpected turn of events (Mary Linn! Horrible poison ivy! Yikes!), I’ll be teaching this Friday evening. It’s a birthday request for classic rock and drums! Come play! Nia 101 at 545pm, class from 6-7pm.

Nia Freedance First Fridays with Kate at ACAC ~ Friday, Jun 1!
Every first Friday Kate Aust shares a Nia freedance class at ACAC Albemarle Square. Nia Freedance gives you an opportunity to play for a full hour moving your body’s way. We each get to tap into the creative wisdom of our body, emotions, mind and spirit stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance class will be Friday, Jun 1 from 11:25 to 12:25 in studio B.

Cville Dance Co-Op: Falling or Flying with Susan ~ Sunday, Jun 10, 1015am-1215pm
I’m putting together a playlist for the Cville Dance Co-Op based on the song Falling or Flying by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51crtZBSWRk) I’ve been thinking about how both falling and flying are full of energy. And how both falling and flying could be scary and unsettling and both could also be exciting and eye-opening. Are we falling or flying? Are we living or dying?
I’ll be offering music with that focus and holding the space for the Cville Dance Co-op on Sunday, June 10 from 10:15-12noon at Common Ground in the Jefferson School. The Co-op http://www.cvilledancecoop.com/who-we-are/ is a substance free, non-verbal, barefoot, 115 minutes of freedance. No steps to learn, no teacher, nothing but what’s flowing and moving in your own body. Let’s fall and fly together. I hope you’ll join us.
C’ville Dance Co-op, http://cvilledancecoop.com
Location (Common Ground, 2nd floor of Jefferson School, 233 4th St NW)
Date/time: Sunday, Jun 10: doors open at 10:15am for warming up, entrance locks at 10:45am, dancing until noon, then closing circle (come for the whole time!)
What to bring: Water bottle, comfortable clothes, optional donation for Common Ground
You can RSVP or ask questions at the Facebook event here.

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

Monday, May 28, 2018, 1045am ~ Balance, Health, Life: Verbs

The Air That I Breathe 5:58 k.d. lang
My Culture 5:39 Maxi Jazz/Robbie Williams
Moodswings Overture 5:53 Moodswings
The Sound of Sunshine 3:44 Michael Franti & Spearhead
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs
African Drug [Original Tribal Mix] 6:02 Bob Holroyd
Funkasaurus 5:41 John Kelley
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Centerfield 3:51 John Fogerty
What I Be 4:45 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Porcelain 3:55 Moby
Early Till Late 4:47 Cantoma
Unchosen 3:54 Jesse Cook

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 840am ~ Balance, Health, Life: Verbs

Kecharitomene 6:35 Loreena McKennitt
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Hero Dead And Gone (Discotheque Mix) 4:55 De-Phazz 96
Qalanderi 7:10 Cheb i Sabbah
I Know What I Know 3:13 Paul Simon
The Boy in the Bubble 3:59 Paul Simon
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
Funkasaurus 5:41 John Kelley
Beautiful (Radio Mix) 3:54 Audio Adrenaline
Porcelain 3:55 Moby
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel

Wednesday, May 30, 2017, 11am ~ Balance, Health, Life: Verbs

Kecharitomene 6:35 Loreena McKennitt
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Hero Dead And Gone (Discotheque Mix) 4:55 De-Phazz 96
Qalanderi 7:10 Cheb i Sabbah
I Know What I Know 3:13 Paul Simon
That Was Your Mother 2:55 Paul Simon
The Boy in the Bubble 3:59 Paul Simon
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
Funkasaurus 5:41 John Kelley
Beautiful (Radio Mix) 3:54 Audio Adrenaline
Porcelain 3:55 Moby
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel

Thursday, May 31, 2017, 840am ~ Balance, Health, Life: Verbs

Orange Sky 6:11 Alexi Murdoch
You Can’t Always Get What You Want 6:47 Rusted Root
When You’re Falling [Featuring Peter Gabriel] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Freedom 6:31 George Michael
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi) 4:23 Janelle Monae
What I Be 4:45 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Facing East 3:48 Thievery Corporation
New Morning 3:44 Alpha Rev
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger

Friday, Jun 1, 2017, 6pm for Mary Linn (Leigh Ann’s Birthday class!)~ Balance, Health, Life: Verbs

Honey Pie 2:41 The Beatles
You Can’t Always Get What You Want 4:53 The Rolling Stones
Gold Dust Woman // 5:02 Fleetwood Mac
Listen to the Music (DJ Malibu Mix) 5:01 The Doobie Brothers
Sex, Drums & Rock ‘n Roll 2:18 Brent Lewis
I Can’t Dance 4:01 Genesis
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
25 or 6 to 4 4:50 Chicago
Cold Shot 4:01 Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Ramble On 4:34 Led Zeppelin
Chain Lightning 3:02 Steely Dan
Human 3:20 Rag’n’Bone Man
Tabla Breath 5:27 Benjy Wertheimer & John de Kadt

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!

Co-creativity abounds this week! Thanks to Mary Linn for diving into the original Bliss routine from 1998! And I had fun putting the moves to an eclectic blend of music, too! I hope you were able to fly this week — either with us in the studio or wherever you are.

You can find this week’s Bliss and Bliss-ish playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:
Moving to Heal classes with Sheila Queen 12:30-2pm at Northside Library (except *)
Join Nia Blue Belt and Moving to Heal Instructor, Sheila Queen for a class designed for anybody looking for a gentle movement practice to complement and facilitate healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Northside Library from 12:30-2 (except*)
May: Thursday: *5/17 (1-2:30), 5/31
Friday 5/25
June: Friday: *22 (10:30-12), 29
For questions and more information, contact Sheila Queen at squeen125@gmail.com

acac Memorial Day Hours: Monday, May 28
Susan will teach her class on Memorial Day at 11am at acac Albemarle Square. Spend part of the holiday with yourself, your body and us!
Acac hours for the holiday are:
acac Albemarle Square: 8:00am-4:00pm
kids zone – 8:30am-2:00pm
spa – 9:00am-3:00pm
acac Downtown 8:00am-4:00pm
kids zone – 8:30am-2:00pm
spa – 9:00am-3:00pm
acac Crozet staffed 8:00am-12:00pm
kids zone – 8:30-11:30am
acac Pantops staffed 8:00am-12:00pm
Adventure Central* – 9:00am-7:00pm *tennis courts only
Waterpark – 10:00am-7:00pm

Nia Freedance First Fridays with Kate at ACAC ~ Friday, Jun 1!
Every first Friday Kate Aust shares a Nia freedance class at ACAC Albemarle Square. Nia Freedance gives you an opportunity to play for a full hour moving your body’s way. We each get to tap into the creative wisdom of our body, emotions, mind and spirit stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance class will be Friday, Jun 1 from 11:25 to 12:25 in studio B.
As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, May 14, 2018, 1045am ~ Bliss Revisited with Mary Linn

All I Want 6:52 Shantal
The Hush 5:24 Rae & Christian
All I Ask 4:48 Rae & Christian
Swimming Pool 5:41 Rae & Christian
Spellbound 5:43 Rae & Christian
Fool 5:21 Rae & Christian
Swansong 5:22 Rae & Christian
Where the Story Ends… 5:44 Shantel
Blessed 7:48 Bliss

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 840am ~ Bliss, Susan-Style

Home 6:05 Rebecca Luker (All I Want choreography)
Essarai 5:48 Cantoma (The Hush choreography)
Orozco 5:22 Tosca (All I Ask choreography)
Miss You 4:49 The Rolling Stones (Swimming Pool choreography)
No Roots 3:56 Alice Merton
Hold The Line 3:56 Toto (Spellbound choreography)
Fool 5:21 Rae & Christian
Moving Into a New Space 5:28 Sounds from the Ground
I Know I’m Not Alone 4:04 Michael Franti & Spearhead (Where the Story Ends choreography)
Blessed 7:48 Bliss
Let It Go 2:16 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

Wednesday, May 16, 2017, 11am ~ Bliss, Susan-Style

Home 6:05 Rebecca Luker (All I Want choreography)
Essarai 5:48 Cantoma (The Hush choreography)
Orozco 5:22 Tosca (All I Ask choreography)
Miss You 4:49 The Rolling Stones (Swimming Pool choreography)
No Roots 3:56 Alice Merton
Hold The Line 3:56 Toto (Spellbound choreography)
Fool 5:21 Rae & Christian
Moving Into a New Space 5:28 Sounds from the Ground
Artichoke Funk 5:56 Zeb (Where the Story Ends choreography)
Blessed 7:48 Bliss
No Trace 3:58 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

Thursday, May 10, 2017, 840am and 630pm ~ Bliss Revisited with Mary Linn

All I Want 6:52 Shantal
The Hush 5:24 Rae & Christian
All I Ask 4:48 Rae & Christian
Swimming Pool 5:41 Rae & Christian
Spellbound 5:43 Rae & Christian
Fool 5:21 Rae & Christian
Swansong 5:22 Rae & Christian
Where the Story Ends… 5:44 Shantel
Blessed 7:48 Bliss

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!

Friends, this is a focus that has captured my body, mind and imagination. It started as a pearl that dropped into a class several weeks ago (a “pearl” is simply a word, phrase or image that comes to a teacher that she doesn’t “think” of) and since I received it, Sound Sensation & Space has been a mainstay of my personal practice. Dancing with SS&S enriches my dance and my days in a profound way. I’ve loved sharing it this week and – spoiler alert – we’ll be coming back to it as it evolves.

I would love to hear about your thoughts and experiences. As always. Please do reach out.

You can find this week’s Dancing with Sound, Sensation & Space playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

But first, here are some things I know you want to know about:

Moving to Heal classes with Sheila Queen 12:30-2pm at Northside Library (except *)
Join Nia Blue Belt and Moving to Heal Instructor, Sheila Queen for a class designed for anybody looking for a gentle movement practice to complement and facilitate healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Northside Library from 12:30-2 (except*)
May: Thursday: 5/10, *5/17 (1-2:30), 5/31
Friday 5/25
June: Friday: *22 (10:30-12), 29
For questions and more information, contact Sheila Queen at squeen125@gmail.com

Bliss Revisited with Susan & Mary Linn on May 14 & 17
Mary Linn & I are diving back into Bliss: a classic routine created by Nia co-founder, Carlos Rosas. The music of British production duo Mark Rae and Steve Christian and German DJ Shantel allow the body to drop deep roots and long powerful reaches. Join us for Bliss!
Mon, May 14, 1045-12noon Albemarle Square, Room A
Thu, May 17, 840-940am Downtown, Group Ex Studio
Thu, May 17, 630-730pm Albemarle Square, Room B

acac Memorial Day Hours: Monday, May 28
Susan will teach her class on Memorial Day at 11am at acac Albemarle Square. Spend part of the holiday with yourself, your body and us!
Acac hours for the holiday are:
acac Albemarle Square: 8:00am-4:00pm
kids zone – 8:30am-2:00pm
spa – 9:00am-3:00pm
acac Downtown 8:00am-4:00pm
kids zone – 8:30am-2:00pm
spa – 9:00am-3:00pm
acac Crozet staffed 8:00am-12:00pm
kids zone – 8:30-11:30am
acac Pantops staffed 8:00am-12:00pm
Adventure Central* – 9:00am-7:00pm *tennis courts only
Waterpark – 10:00am-7:00pm

Nia Freedance First Fridays with Kate at ACAC ~ Friday, Jun 1!
Every first Friday Kate Aust shares a Nia freedance class at ACAC Albemarle Square. Nia Freedance gives you an opportunity to play for a full hour moving your body’s way. We each get to tap into the creative wisdom of our body, emotions, mind and spirit stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance class will be Friday, Jun 1 from 11:25 to 12:25 in studio B.

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

Monday, May 7, 2018, 1045am ~ Dancing with Sound, Sensation & Space

Edge Hill 7:00 Groove Armada
Transcendence 4:00 Thievery Corporation
Dance of Sarasvati 9:07 Kitaro
Moonsmith 5:50 Marisi choreo
Corazon Espinado 4:38 Santana
Call Me up (644-7215) 4:16 Bio Ritmo
Samb Adagio 5:58 Safri Duo
Lebanese Blonde 4:49 Thievery Corporation
Falling Slowly 4:04 Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
Because 2:22 Elliott Smith
Any Other Name 4:10 Thomas Newman

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 840am ~ Dancing with Sound, Sensation & Space

Edge Hill 7:00 Groove Armada
Dance of Sarasvati 9:07 Kitaro
Moonsmith 5:50 Marisi choreo
Corazon Espinado 4:38 Santana
Call Me up (644-7215) 4:16 Bio Ritmo
Samb Adagio 5:58 Safri Duo
Lebanese Blonde 4:49 Thievery Corporation
Falling Slowly 4:04 Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
Because 2:22 Elliott Smith
Any Other Name 4:10 Thomas Newman

Wednesday, May 9, 2017, 11am ~ Dancing with Sound, Sensation & Space

One Good Dub 8:16 Kaya Project
Clouds 6:33 Feuerhake
Yesterday Girl 3:27 The Smithereens
Desert Rose 4:46 Farhat Bouallagui/Sting
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
Long Train Running (Groovy Dooby Mix) 5:07 DJ’s Brothers
Electrorloge 6:29 Trouble Makers
Transcendence 4:00 Thievery Corporation
Power Of Two 5:23 Indigo Girls
The Space Between 6:02 Zero 7

Thursday, May 10, 2017, 840am ~ Dancing with Sound, Sensation & Space

One Good Dub 8:16 Kaya Project
Clouds 6:33 Feuerhake
Yesterday Girl 3:27 The Smithereens
Desert Rose 4:46 Farhat Bouallagui/Sting
Long Train Running (Groovy Dooby Mix) 5:07 DJ’s Brothers
Electrorloge 6:29 Trouble Makers
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
Transcendence 4:00 Thievery Corporation
Power Of Two 5:23 Indigo Girls
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!

Who knew that habit-breaking could be so much fun? I really enjoyed flipping my class prep habit on its head by starting with the music and letting the focus come just before class. You can see the art I made for each class here as well as a bunch of resources about breaking habits. I called classes this week “It Is What It Is” but I found each class to be surprisingly rich in their own way. So maybe it’s more than what it is. Is it?

You can find this week’s It Is What It Is playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

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

Moving to Heal classes with Sheila Queen 12:30-2pm at Northside Library (except *)
Join Nia Blue Belt and Moving to Heal Instructor, Sheila Queen for a class designed for anybody looking for a gentle movement practice to complement and facilitate healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Northside Library from 12:30-2 (except*)
May: Thursday: 5/10, *5/17 (1-2:30), 5/31
Friday 5/25
June: Friday: *22 (10:30-12), 29
For questions and more information, contact Sheila Queen at squeen125@gmail.com

Nia Freedance First Fridays with Kate at ACAC ~ Friday, May 4!
Every first Friday Kate Aust shares a Nia freedance class at ACAC Albemarle Square. Nia Freedance gives you an opportunity to play for a full hour moving your body’s way. We each get to tap into the creative wisdom of our body, emotions, mind and spirit stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance class will be Friday, May 4 from 11:25 to 12:25 in studio B.

Bliss Revisited with Susan & Mary Linn on May 14 & 17
Mary Linn & I are diving back into Bliss: a classic routine created by Nia co-founder, Carlos Rosas. The music of British production duo Mark Rae and Steve Christian and German DJ Shantel allow the body to drop deep roots and long powerful reaches. Join us for Bliss!
Mon, May 14, 1045-12noon Albemarle Square, Room A
Thu, May 17, 840-940am Downtown, Group Ex Studio
Thu, May 17, 630-730pm Albemarle Square, Room B

acac Memorial Day Hours: Monday, May 28 ~ Susan’s class at 11am!
Susan will teach her class on Memorial Day at 11am at acac Albemarle Square. Spend part of the holiday with yourself, your body and us!
Acac hours for the holiday are:
acac Albemarle Square: 8:00am-4:00pm
kids zone – 8:30am-2:00pm
spa – 9:00am-3:00pm
acac Downtown 8:00am-4:00pm
kids zone – 8:30am-2:00pm
spa – 9:00am-3:00pm
acac Crozet staffed 8:00am-12:00pm
kids zone – 8:30-11:30am
acac Pantops staffed 8:00am-12:00pm
Adventure Central* – 9:00am-7:00pm *tennis courts only
Waterpark – 10:00am-7:00pm

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

Monday, Apr 30, 2018, 1045am ~ It Is What It Is: Trust

On The Forest Floor 5:05 Bob Holroyd
Alhambra Pt 1 1:21 Natacha Atlas
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Vision: O Euchari In Leta Via 6:08 Hildegard von Bingen
Something Understood 4:27 Bob Holroyd
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Mother Earth 6:52 Veeresh and the Humaniversity Sound
Through Cinemas 5:55 Loop Guru
Dark Waters 4:35 Bob Holroyd
Tabla Breath 5:27 Benjy Wertheimer & John de Kadt

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 840am ~ It Is What It Is: Chest

On The Forest Floor 5:05 Bob Holroyd
Duden 6:41 Natacha Atlas
Vision: O Euchari In Leta Via 6:08 Hildegard von Bingen
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Mother Earth 6:52 Veeresh and the Humaniversity Sound
Amor Real 7:26 Jon Anderson
Fun Does Not Exist [Dolmus Mix] 6:22 Natacha Atlas
Is This The End 3:50 Zee Avi
Somehow Familiar 3:40 Fabrizio Paterlini

Wednesday, May 2, 2017, 11am ~ It Is What It Is: 1st Chakra (Release Sacrum/ Engage Low Belly)

Snakeroot 7:58 Lis Addison
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) 6:29 Rodney Hunter
No Quiero Nada Mas 4:46 Sancti Spiritus
What It Is 4:58 Aubrey Haynie/Mark Knopfler
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Dance Floor (Nu Brazilia Remix) 5:28 The Tao Of Groove
We Come Together (Fishy Beat Mix) 3:48 Goldfish Feat. Sakhile Moleshe
Rhythm Is? (Marques Wyatt Mix) 5:49 Afro-Mystik
Sunsethighway 4:00 Kiln
Universalfemalebreathchoir 4:54 Kiln

Thursday, May 3, 2017, 840am ~ It Is What It Is: Squeeze & Release

Snakeroot 7:58 Lis Addison
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) 6:29 Rodney Hunter
No Quiero Nada Mas 4:46 Sancti Spiritus
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Dance Floor (Nu Brazilia Remix) 5:28 The Tao Of Groove
Shiny Happy People 3:46 R.E.M. Feat. Kate Pearson
Rhythm Is? (Marques Wyatt Mix) 5:49 Afro-Mystik
Sunsethighway 4:00 Kiln
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!