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As we dance with and pay attention to the bones for another week, I’m fascinated by how much I’m noticing about not just form and function, art and design but also interconnection and inner knowing. We say in English that we know something or feel something “in our bones.” It is that deep connection that I’m noticing this week. Thanks to all who danced and checked out the art on the blog and are part of our community both in person and on the Interwebs!

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 IF YOU LISTEN to my playlists on Spotify, please let me know. I’m evaluating whether or not continuing to put them up is worth doing. Email or put a comment below or let me know when you see me!

And first the announce-y type things:

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

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

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

*** PLAYLIST NOTE: My playlists can also be found on Spotify https://www.spotify.com/us/ by following “susanmcculley” (no space) and look for Public Playlists. Sometimes music is not available on Spotify so I may replace with another version or skip songs . ***

Monday, May 29, 2017, 1045am ~ Deeper In Your Bones

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
Shake Your Hips 4:47 Desperado 5
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Bollywood Drums 5:28 Desert Dwellers
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 840am ~ Deeper In Your Bones

All Colours Pt 3 2:50 Bob Holroyd
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
Fly Away 3:43 Lenny Kravitz
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Bollywood Drums 5:28 Desert Dwellers
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 11am ~ Deeper In Your Bones

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
Cadillac Ranch 3:04 Bruce Springsteen
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
The Heart of the Matter 5:15 India.Arie
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

Thursday, Jun 1, 2017, 840am ~ Deeper In Your Bones

All Colours Pt 3 2:50 Bob Holroyd
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
Move On Up (feat. Bono & John Legend) 3:13 Angélique Kidjo
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
The Heart of the Matter 5:15 India.Arie
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

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Connections between bones are what make movement possible. How we align one bone effects the position of those around it. Inevitably, every movement choice ripples through the skeleton.

 

My husband calls his shoulder blades his “wings.” As in, “Ooh, scratch me below my wing.” But the clavicals look like wings to me, too, even though their name means “small key.” The clavical is one of the easiest bones to feel through the skin. Find yours and then turn your palms up and down and see if you can feel it move. Have you ever broken your clavical? It’s the most commonly broken bone in the body.

The design principle of structural hierarchy that is present in your bones – tubular structures made of tubular structures – was used in the design of the Eiffel Tower. Check out this cool (and short) video for more!

When looking at the bones of the feet, there is no question which one is designed to strike the ground! The bone is also known as the os calcis or chalk bone.

For the next two weeks, we’ll be dancing a new-to-me routine called Sacred, choreographed by Nia Trainer Kelle Rae Oien. The focus of the routine is the bones with the intent of creating sustainability in the body. In my White Belt Nia training, I studied the bones for the first time, in part by using an Anatomy Coloring Book. In working with the routine, I deepened my fascination with the art of the bones: their names, their functions, their sculptured design. 

 

The word “sacrum” is from the Latin for “sacred” or “holy bone.” The obvious question is, why sacred? Here are some of the theories:

  • the pelvis is the container of the scared organs of procreation
  • the sacrum is the last bone to decompose after death so ancient people perhaps saw this as the bone from which the afterlife begins
  • the sacrum may have been used as a vessel for holding offerings or sacrifices

What do you think the sacrum resembles?

The xiphoid process at the tip of the sternum is made of cartilage in a child and gradually changed to bone by the time an adult is around 40.

The manubrium, connects with the clavicles or collarbones (we’ll look at those in detail next week!) and connects to the 1st pair of ribs. The body of the sternum, the gladiolus, connects with the next 6 pairs of ribs. Together, these 7 pairs of ribs are known as the true ribs, beneath those are two false ribs (indirectly connected to the sternum) and two floating ribs (not connected to the sternum at all).

The neurocranium is the part that is around the brain as opposed to the viscerocranium which are the facial bones.

The sphenoid bone is one of the most complex in the body due to its connection to facial bones, ligaments, and muscles. It’s in the middle of the skull near the front and forms much of the nasal cavity.

The ethmoid bone (Greek for sieve) is a small bone with a lacy construction (hence the name) separates the nasal cavity from the brain.

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