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p12 be willing to suckPrinciple 12 ~ Continuing Education ~ asks, “Are you willing to suck?” For a long time I said I did but I really didn’t. I hated not being good at something. Okay, who am I kidding, I still don’t like it, but more and more, I’m willing to step into that space of learning that is awkward and uncomfortable. That’s that space in which learning happens. That’s the space in which we can really expand into what is possible.

So in the spirit of the penultimate principle: may you embrace lots of opportunities to suck … today and every day! (A new greeting card line, perhaps?)

A few dates of upcoming events and happenings:

– TED is happening in Cville this week! Come to the TEDx Charlottesville event on Friday, November 14 at the Paramount! If you can’t come to the whole event, you can tune in throughout the day to the live stream straight from the stage! Check it out at http://tedxcharlottesville.com/.

– Free ChakraDancer class open to all! Begin the holiday season with this meditative and energizing experience in a beautiful old dance hall (now parish hall!) ~ Friday, November 21 at 6pm at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church. The event is free and open to all so please join us and bring a friend. All the details are here.

– Thanksgiving Nia at acac downtown! What better way to start off the greatest holiday of all time with some mindful playful movement? Join me on Thursday, November 27 at 9am at acac downtown in the Group Exercise Studio for some seriously groovy gratitude. Bring your family and friends, or leave them home and get some time just for you. Song request line is open, so let me know if you’re hankering for something.

– Winter “Black Out” Jam! Winter Solstice Nia Jam with Mary Linn, Anne and Susan ~ Friday, December 19, 545-7pm at acac downtown. Non-members welcome!

As always, please let me know how I can help more.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

Monday, Nov 10, 2014, 1045am ~ The Unofficial Guide: Continuing Education

Turn On, Tune In, Find Joy 5:04 Freakpower
Souvenir 5:39 Kaledj feat. Neko
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Smokey Quartz 6:59 Shakatura
Walk Into The Sun 5:21 Dirty Vegas
Dive 3:59 Steven Curtis Chapman
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Played A Live 6:46 Safri Duo
One Way Road 3:06 The John Butler Trio
You Learn 4:00 Alanis Morissette
Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime 4:08 Zucchero & Vanessa Carlton Feat. Haylie Hecker
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014, 9am ~ The Unofficial Guide: Continuing Education

Come to Me 4:28 MBmusic
Souvenir 5:39 Kaledj feat. Neko
A Bright Future 3:53 MBmusic
Kyoto Drink 4:26 MBmusic
I Need Your Love 5:47 MBmusic
Dive 3:59 Steven Curtis Chapman
(The Return of) Point of No Return 5:01 NU SHOOZ Orchestra
Passion of Your Passion 7:21 Gat Decor
Culture 6:08 Ganga Girl
You Learn 4:00 Alanis Morissette
Gheisha 3:18 MBmusic
Beautiful World (Instrumental) 7:14 MRJ

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014, 1055am ~ The Unofficial Guide: Continuing Education

Come to Me 4:28 MBmusic
Souvenir 5:39 Kaledj feat. Neko
Kyoto Drink 4:26 MBmusic
I Need Your Love 5:47 MBmusic
(The Return of) Point of No Return 5:01 NU SHOOZ Orchestra
Passion of Your Passion 7:21 Gat Decor
Do It Anyway 4:23 Ben Folds Five
Culture 6:08 Ganga Girl
You Learn 4:00 Alanis Morissette
Beautiful World (Instrumental) 7:14 MRJ

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014, 9am ~ The Unofficial Guide: Continuing Education

Turn On, Tune In, Find Joy 5:04 Freakpower
Waiting For You 3:39 Seal
May all Beings 6:27 EarthRise SoundSystem
I Need Your Love 5:47 MBmusic
Complicated 4:07 Yonder Mountain String Band
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
Do It Anyway 4:23 Ben Folds Five
Passion of Your Passion 7:21 Gat Decor
Culture 6:08 Ganga GirlYou Learn 4:00 Alanis Morissette
Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime 4:08 Zucchero & Vanessa Carlton Feat. Haylie Hecker
Rebirth 6:58 Anoushka Shankar/MIDIval

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resistance we are all artists nowWho knew that the resistance could be so much fun?  Nice to know that those uncomfortable feelings just mean we’re on the right track.

So, for our video selections this week, first, the Song of the Week (a.k.a. A Private Gathering of the Silly Creatures, and quite possibly the best music video I’ve seen all year), Do It Anyway by Ben Folds Five. (In another life, I will play piano like this and get to dance with Fraggles.)

A lovely accoustic version of Lyle Lovett’s You Can’t Resist It — complete with cello!  Mmm-hmm.

And, Switchfoot’s This Is Your Life — a song that I got from my mentor, teacher and friend, Helen Terry.

This week, a happy, belated, Firedance birthday to John and a welcome to Charlottesville Nia to my longest Portlandia friend, Zan!

Next week, I’ll be away — hiking in the mountains. All my ACAC classes, including on July 4 will be covered by the amazing Nia Team, so check the ACAC Schedule page for the details. Happy 4th and I’ll see you the following week.

EnJOY, every-body!
xoxo
Susan

Rush the Resistance – Monday, Jun 24, 2013, 1045am

This Is Your Life – 4:18 – Switchfoot
Deeper In – 3:15 – Aluta & The Mystics
Calling – 5:52 – Bliss
Lovers House – 4:49 – City Reverb
One World, One People – 4:43 – Xcultures
City of Light (Reverso 68 Remix) – 5:53 – City Reverb
Shakin’ It Up – 6:15 – Ganga Girl
Do It Anyway – 4:23 – Ben Folds Five
You Can’t Resist It – 3:11 – Lyle Lovett
Shine – 4:12 – Joshua
Speck of Gold – 5:37 – Afterlife
Song Of The Nile – 8:00 – Dead Can Dance

Rush the Resistance – Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013, 9am

This Is Your Life – 4:18 – Switchfoot
Deeper In – 3:15 – Aluta & The Mystics
Sun Is Shining (Out Of Sight Remix) – 7:30 – ReUnited
Find It (Featuring Farda P.) – 5:46 – Rodney Hunter
City of Light (Reverso 68 Remix) – 5:53 – City Reverb
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio Club Remix) – 6:57 – Beyonce
Shakin’ It Up – 6:15 – Ganga Girl
Do It Anyway – 4:23 – Ben Folds Five
Bodyrock – 3:36 – Moby
Shine – 4:12 – Joshua
100 Billions Stars – 5:10 – Lux

Rush the Resistance (Firedance, belated for John’s birthday and summer!) – Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013, 1055am

Reel Around the Sun – 8:42 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
The Heart’s Cry – 2:28 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
Countess Cathleen/Women of the Sidhe – 5:42 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
Shivna – 3:38 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
A Mhuirnín Ó – 5:01 – Clannad
Firedance – 6:04 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
Slip into Spring – 3:46 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
Siamsa – 4:28 – Ronan Hardiman, Riverdance II
Riverdance – 5:45 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
The Flowing Bowl/Marie Breatnachs #1/The Doon/The Mason’s Man – 3:55 – Solas
Lift the Wings – 5:00 – Bill Whalen, Riverdance
The Buzzard – 3:50 – Old Blind Dogs

Rush the Resistance – Thursday, Jun 27, 2013, 9am

This Is Your Life – 4:18 – Switchfoot
Deeper In – 3:15 – Aluta & The Mystics
Calling – 5:52 – Bliss
I Know I’m Not Alone – 4:04 – Michael Franti, Spearhead
One World, One People – 4:43 – Xcultures
Ghosts in My Machine – 3:33 – Annie Lennox
The Thing That Helps Me Get Through – 4:35 – Spearhead, Michael Franti
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio Club Remix) – 6:57 – Beyonce
Never Coming Home – 5:00 – Sting
Do It Anyway – 4:23 – Ben Folds Five
You Can’t Resist It – 3:11 – Lyle Lovett
Drive – 3:53 – Incubus
Speck of Gold – 5:37 – Afterlife

eggbeater iiHoly Eggbeater-in-the-Brain, what a week of regrooving our brains and bodies with the sensation of learning!  Here is the music we danced (and were a little bit spazzy) to.  And here is the video of Ben Folds Five’s, Do It Anyway, which I have been watching over and over and never seem to get tired of.  (Two consecutive sentences ending in prepositions!  That’s the kind of crappy writing up with which I will not put!)  Put it on, crank it up and embrace the awkwardness of learning, the discipline of practice and the mastery of embodiment!

Big gratitude,

Susan

 

Learn Practice Embody – Monday, Feb 18, 2013, 1045am

Helpless – 4:15 – K.D. Lang

Kissing – 6:05 – Bliss

Something To Believe In – 4:44 – Parachute

Palais Mascotte – 5:47 – Patrick Duvoisin

The Sound of Sunshine – 3:44 – Michael Franti & Spearhead

Keep On Searching – 5:08 – Kraak & Smaak

Freek – 7:16 – Shakatura

Do It Anyway – 4:23 – Ben Folds Five

Yahoo – 7:33 – Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound

The Blower’s Daughter – 4:44 – Damien Rice

Paris Texas – 6:45 – Gotan Project

 

Learn Practice Embody – Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013, 1045am

We Are All Connected – 7:07 – Magic Sound Fabric

Calling – 5:52 – Bliss

Lovers House – 4:49 – City Reverb

One World, One People – 4:43 – Xcultures

City of Light (Reverso 68 Remix) – 5:53 – City Reverb

Shakin’ It Up – 6:15 – Ganga Girl

Zap Mama Iko-Iko – 3:22 – Hans Zimmer

Shine – 4:12 – Joshua

Manana – 5:59 – Christophe Goze

Speck of Gold – 5:37 – Afterlife

Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime – 4:08 – Zucchero & Vanessa Carlton Feat. Haylie Hecker

 

Learn Practice Embody:  Regrooving – Thursday, Feb 21, 2013, 9am

Rivers And Homes – 2:45 – J.Viewz

Luna – 6:04 – Ganga

Something To Believe In – 4:44 – Parachute

Palais Mascotte – 5:47 – Patrick Duvoisin

Sweeter Love – 8:09 – Blue Six

Freek – 7:16 – Shakatura

Domination – 7:26 – Peace Orchestra

Do It Anyway – 4:23 – Ben Folds Five

Yahoo – 7:33 – Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound

The Blower’s Daughter – 4:44 – Damien Rice

Paris Texas – 6:45 – Gotan Project

 

Learn Practice Embody:  The Myth of Information – Friday, February 22, 2013, 9am

We Are All Connected – 7:07 – Magic Sound Fabric

Luna – 6:04 – Ganga

Lovers House – 4:49 – City Reverb

Palais Mascotte – 5:47 – Patrick Duvoisin

City of Light (Reverso 68 Remix) – 5:53 – City Reverb

Freek – 7:16 – Shakatura

Shakin’ It Up – 6:15 – Ganga Girl

Zap Mama Iko-Iko – 3:22 – Hans Zimmer

Yahoo – 7:33 – Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound

The Blower’s Daughter – 4:44 – Damien Rice

Paris Texas – 6:45 – Gotan Project

 

 

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