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This week we literally and figuratively opened our eyes in new ways. By physically using the eyes with intention and by taking Rachel Carson’s advice and looking at everything as if we were seeing it for the first time and the last, opening the eyes can change everything. Plus, Angelique Kidjo, whose music has been woven into Nia routines for decades, had her 66th birthday on Thursday which we celebrated with a big ol’ freedance.

All this week’s playlists are below or rock out for free by going to Spotify! Sign up for free, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen! (And check it out those who were in Wednesday’s class: a song mysteriously dropped off our playlist in class but you can dance to it on Spotify!)

First, the announce-y things:

•AFRI-CArdio with Live Drumming on Friday, July 22 at 4:25pm
AFRI-CArdio is a fusion of West African dance and a great cardio workout! The live drumming will amplify the energy and offer a more authentic, traditional dance-workout experience. There is no choreography to learn, instead the goal is to relax, groove to the rhythms and forget you are sweating. All are welcome and no dance or AFRI-Cardio experience required! It’s a perfect way to start your weekend! Regular students of AFRI-CArdio call this their end-of-week “Happy Hour.” Free to acac members and no registration is required. NOTE from SUSAN: I went to this last time Christine did it and it was great fun. Please join me!

• dance. sit. create. ~ another in the evolving series of day-treats on Saturday, October 1, 830am-5pm
You are creative. You are an artist. Even if your elementary school art teacher told you differently. Whatever you think and feel about dancing, sitting and creativity, this day is for you. Whether you identify with the words “dance sit create.” and think, “Heck, yeah” or if you shake your head and say, “I can’t do those things” or “That’s not me,” this day is for you. Please join me for a delicious day of living at the intersection of movement, stillness, and art. If you’ve come before, come again. If you’ve never joined us, this is a great time.
Early Bird: $80 if registered by August 1. Late Bird: $95 if registered by September 15. Creative Bird: Get an additional $5 off by making something (a photo! a drawing! a haiku! a kid! anything!) and sharing a picture of it on any social media with this link (www.susanmcculley.com/workshops-retreats/dance-sit-create) and use the hashtag #dancesitcreate. (OR send something you’ve made to Susan and she will share it!)
Limited to 20 participants. Questions? Please connect with Susan at sjmnia@gmail.com

• Routine Seventeen Launch ~ Galactic Return: Blue Rhythmic Hand
I’m jumping into the river to create a new routine called Galactic Return that focuses on cirlces, spirals and repeating patterns. The plan is to launch it in a special class on Wednesday, August 3 (my 52nd birthday) at 11am at acac albemarle square and teach it again the following day, Thursday, August 4 at 840am at acac downtown. Please join me!

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 11, 2016, 1045am ~ Eyes: Never Before, Never Again

Passing Through 5:19 Bob Holroyd
A Different Space 8:43 Bob Holroyd
Takshaka 10:42 Makyo
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
African Drug [Original Tribal Mix] 6:02 Bob Holroyd
Samb Adagio 5:58 Safri Duo
Doctor My Eyes 3:21 Jackson Browne
Suddenly I See 3:22 KT Tunstall
The Sheer Weight of Memory 5:28 Bob Holroyd
Looking in the Eyes of Love 4:19 Alison Krauss & Union Station

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016, 840am ~ Eyes: Never Before, Never Again

Passing Through 5:19 Bob Holroyd
Let The Groove Get In 7:12 Justin Timberlake
Takshaka 10:42 Makyo
Drumming Up a Storm 6:01 Bob Holroyd
Doctor My Eyes 3:21 Jackson Browne
Suddenly I See 3:22 KT Tunstall
Carnival 5:59 Natalie Merchant
The Sheer Weight of Memory 5:28 Bob Holroyd
Looking in the Eyes of Love 4:19 Alison Krauss & Union Station

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016, 11am ~ Eyes: Never Before, Never Again

Healing Senses 8:27 Parijat
Luna 6:06 Ganga
Catu (Vienna Sub Mix) 6:21 Ikarus
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 4:39 U2
Splitting World 8:35 Eat Static
Open Sesame (G’s Talking Drum Mix) 6:10 Crosstown Traffic
So Beautiful Or So What 4:09 Paul Simon
Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes 3:35 Kristin Andreassen
Looking in the Eyes of Love 4:19 Alison Krauss & Union Station
The Light 4:29 The Album Leaf

Thursday, Jul 14, 2016, 840am ~ Eyes: Never Before, Never Again

A Thousand Years 5:58 Sting
Catu (Vienna Sub Mix) 6:21 Ikarus
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 4:39 U2
Splitting World 8:35 Eat Static
Open Sesame (G’s Talking Drum Mix) 6:10 Crosstown Traffic
I’m Looking Through You 2:24 The Beatles
The Futures So Bright (I Got Wear Shades) 3:23 Timbuk 3
Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes 3:35 Kristin Andreassen
Falling Slowly 4:04 Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
Miniature 9 6:11 Matthew Robert Cooper

Saturday, Jul 16, 2016, 1245pm ~ The 9 Movement Forms (Dance Arts)

Amazing 4:34 One Eskimo
A Canterbury Tale 8:41 Dreadzone
Lovers House 4:49 City Reverb
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 2:41 Devo
Work That Body 5:35 Nia Sounds
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Giri
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
Shining Path 7:23 Dreadzone
Deep Inside 5:06 Kid Beyond
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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This week we’ve explored what it means for an activity to be a practice — and in particular, we’ve looked at the basic components of the practice of Nia. To do that, we danced a routine I created in 2014 called Practical Joy that takes us through the 13 Principles. Plus it works the butt like nobody’s business.

Many thanks to all who offered their insights into what makes something a practice. We’ll end the week with some thoughts from Alison about her two practices:

NIA and meditation complement and combine to nourish mind, body and spirit. However I approach either practice, it recalls the other, and rather than “leave” my dance or sit, I like to bring the practice along to help me be aware and grateful for the rest of my day/life.

You can find all playlists below or you can choose to listen to them by going to Spotify! You can listen for free at Spotify! Sign up for free, follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists ~ just click and listen!

First a couple of announcements about upcoming happenings:

• Saturday Play Date with Susan ~ Saturday, May 14, 9am, acac downtown Studio A
What do you do when it’s going to be (another) rainy Saturday? Set up a play date, of course! A definition of play that I read recently on Todd Hargrove’s Better Movement blog is a repeated movement pattern with some variation. Just what we do in Nia! Join me to celebrate Dance Like A Chicken Day (I know, right?) with some Prince mixed in.

• AFRI-Cardio with Live Drumming on Friday May, 20 at acac Downtown, Group Ex Studio
AFRI-CArdio is a fusion of West African Dance and a great cardio workout. This class will be accompanied by members of Charlottesville Drum Choir. The live drumming will amplify the energy and offer a more authentic, traditional dance-workout experience. There is no choreography to learn, instead the goal is to relax, groove to the rhythms and forget you are sweating. EVERYONE WELCOME, even if it’s your 1st time taking AFRI-CArdio. NO dance experience (of any kind) required! If you can breathe, you can do this class. Christine studied dance in Guinea, West Africa and returned -burning with joy for this dance-style . She created AFRI-CArdio as a way to share that passion with others. She is kind, inspiring, inclusive and easy to follow. Jason, Rosie and Kevin (Cville drum choir) have studied traditional West African rhythms for many years. They all find joy and peace in the creation and participation of music-making.

• Ageless Grace at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church in Earlysville with Sheila Queen ~ Every other Saturday, starting May 21, at 11 a.m. in Deese Hall
A wellness program for all ages and abilities, Ageless Grace combines physical activity, brain exercises, imagination, and a sense of humor with music to stimulate a sense of pleasure and well being. Movements address joint mobility, spinal flexibility, brain coordination, and more. The class is done seated, making it inviting for those who may have physical limitations or balance issues. There is NO choreography to learn. All you need are comfortable clothes and a willingness to try something new! Join us and bring a friend. Suggested $5 donations help pay for this class and support Buck Mountain’s Health & Wellness Ministry.

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, May 9, 2016, 1045am ~ Welcome to Your Practice

Turn On, Tune In, Find Joy 5:04 Freakpower
Inlakesh 3:58 Lou Rhodes
Listen to the Music (DJ Malibu Mix) 5:01 The Doobie Brothers
I’m Free 3:51 Soupdragons
Heal Me 3:39 Melissa Etheridge
My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now 3:10 Buckwheat Zydeco
Get Up and Get Down 3:10 The Dramatics
Groove Is In The Heart 3:52 Deee-Lite
Sweet Hands 3:37 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Dr. Bones 3:34 Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Back In Business 5:13 Madonna
You Learn 3:59 Alanis Morissette
Sense Of Purpose 3:03 The Pretenders
Subtle Body 7:02 Wayne Jones

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 840am ~ Welcome to Your Practice

Turn On, Tune In, Find Joy 5:04 Freakpower
Inlakesh 3:58 Lou Rhodes
Listen to the Music (DJ Malibu Mix) 5:01 The Doobie Brothers
I’m Free 3:51 Soupdragons
Heal Me 3:39 Melissa Etheridge
My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now 3:10 Buckwheat Zydeco
Get Up and Get Down 3:10 The Dramatics
Groove Is In The Heart 3:52 Deee-Lite
Sweet Hands 3:37 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Dr. Bones 3:34 Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Back In Business 5:13 Madonna
You Learn 3:59 Alanis Morissette
Sense Of Purpose 3:03 The Pretenders
Let It Go 2:16 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 11am ~ Welcome to Your Practice

Turn On, Tune In, Find Joy 5:04 Freakpower
Inlakesh 3:58 Lou Rhodes
Listen to the Music (DJ Malibu Mix) 5:01 The Doobie Brothers
Freedom 6:31 George Michael
Heal Me 3:39 Melissa Etheridge
My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now 3:10 Buckwheat Zydeco
Get Up and Get Down 3:10 The Dramatics
Groove Is In The Heart 3:52 Deee-Lite
Sweet Hands 3:37 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Dr. Bones 3:34 Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Back In Business 5:13 Madonna
You Learn 3:59 Alanis Morissette
Sense Of Purpose 3:03 The Pretenders
Subtle Body 7:02 Wayne Jones

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 840am ~ Welcome to Your Practice

Turn On, Tune In, Find Joy 5:04 Freakpower
Inlakesh 3:58 Lou Rhodes
Listen to the Music (DJ Malibu Mix) 5:01 The Doobie Brothers
Free 2:29 Donavon Frankenreiter
Heal Me 3:39 Melissa Etheridge
My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now 3:10 Buckwheat Zydeco
Get Up and Get Down 3:10 The Dramatics
Groove Is In The Heart 3:52 Deee-Lite
Sweet Hands 3:37 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Dr. Bones 3:34 Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Back In Business 5:13 Madonna
You Learn 3:59 Alanis Morissette
Sense Of Purpose 3:03 The Pretenders
Let It Go 2:16 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9am ~ Saturday Play Date

Twinkle Berry ‘The Belly Dancing Chicken’  4:39 Brent Lewis
When Doves Cry  4:04 The Be Good Tanyas
Mulatica Mia (Cuba Remix)  5:32 The Tao Of Groove
Dixie Chicken  3:56 Little Feat
No Quiero Nada Mas  4:46 Sancti Spiritus
Keep On Searching  5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Kiss  3:39 Prince
Baila Morena  4:10 Zucchero & Maná
Delirious  4:01 Prince
Chicken Payback  3:14 A Band of Bees
Follow Me, Chicken  5:11 Nathan Williams/Zydeco Cha-Chas
Little Red Rooster  3:07 The Rolling Stones
Shanti (Peace Out)  6:59 MC Yogi

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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