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don't just sit there classroom paul simonSitting for long periods of time is a killer: it creates imbalanced tight and weak muscle pairs and a whole slew of other health issues. The antidote? Move regularly and with awareness and variety. Take time to move mindfully every day and get up from desk or out of your car at least once an hour. And shake it up ~ change how you do what you do to support a happy and healthy body!

We did a lot of all of that this week: what with Paul Simon and Cinco de Mayo and Peter Gabriel and Saturday! Below are all the playlists from the week. Go to Spotify and follow me at “susanmcculley” and you’ll find my public playlists there, too. Thanks to everybody who is listening and dancing at home! If you’re having trouble getting the site to work, please let me know. I’d love to figure it out with you. Just so you know, if you are using the Spotify app for mobile devices, the program inserts “recommended” music that is not from my original playlist. Please note also that Spotify doesn’t have all the music I have, so sometimes I’ll put up a different version of a song or skip it all together. EnJOY, everyBody!

Before the playlists, some announce-y type things:

NEW CLASS TIME ON TUESDAY & THURSDAY DOWNTOWN STARTS JUNE 2! ~ Set your alarm! Mark your calendar! Staring June 1, get your acac downtown Tuesday and Thursday morning Nia at earlier! Class with Susan on both days will be from 840am-940am starting June 1! Come play and let your practice embody your whole day!

NEW NIA 101 SATURDAYS FROM 1230-1245 WITH MARY LINN STARTS JUNE 6! ~ Mary Linn will offer Nia 101 before her Saturday class: an introduction to Nia’s 52 Moves to refresh current students and help new students get a feel for the moves. Nia 101 will run from 1230-1245, and class will run from 1245-145, at Albemarle Squre, Studio A.

SAVE THE DATE: DANCE. SIT. WRITE. DAY SHOP HAPPENS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2015 ~ Mark your calendar for the next opportunity to spend the day playing in the intersection of movement, meditation and creativity! More details to come this summer but let me know if you have questions (sjmnia@gmail.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. What you find below is exactly what I used in class. ***

Monday, May 4, 2015, 1045am ~ Don’t Just Sit There

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes 5:48 Paul Simon
All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints 3:15 Paul Simon
The Obvious Child 4:10 Paul Simon
Graceland 4:51 Paul Simon
I Know What I Know 3:13 Paul Simon
The Boy in the Bubble 3:59 Paul Simon
Loves Me Like A Rock 3:30 Paul Simon
Crazy Love, Volume II 4:19 Paul Simon
Can’t Run But 3:37 Paul Simon
So Beautiful Or So What 4:09 Paul Simon
Me And Julio Down By The School Yard 2:45 Paul Simon
Born At The Right Time 3:48 Paul Simon
Slip Slidin’ Away 4:45 Paul Simon
Under African Skies 3:37 Paul Simon
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 9am and 530pm ~ Don’t Just Sit There (Cinco de Mayo with Mary Linn)

El Perdedor (feat. Marco Antonio Solís) 3:11 Enrique Iglesias
Dance of Life 2:07 Worldwide Harmonics
No Quiero Nada Mas 4:46 Sancti Spiritus
Bailando (English Version) [feat. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona] 4:03 Enrique Iglesias
El Ritmo 4:29 J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science
Bailando 5:00 Chuck Love
I Like How It Feels (feat. Pitbull & The WAV.s) 3:40 Enrique Iglesias
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Hermes 4:09 Carlos Santana
Hotel California 5:48 Gipsy Kings
Wishing It Was 4:55 Santana
Love and Liberte 3:57 Gipsy Kings

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 1055am ~ Don’t Just Sit There

Song for Olabi 6:07 Bliss
Rafiki (Sidewalk Mix) 6:25 Bob Holroyd
Don’t Say 5:47 Deep Dive Corp.
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
Welcome to the Journey 5:04 Cybertribe
Hotel California 5:48 Gipsy Kings
Ants Marching 4:31 Dave Matthews Band
Lovetown 5:29 Peter Gabriel
City Knows Your Name 4:59 Chris Coco
Horizon 4:00 Garth Stevenson

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9am ~ Don’t Just Sit There

Put Your Records On 3:36 Corinne Bailey Rae
New Shoes 3:22 Paolo Nutini
Tamacun 3:26 Rodrigo y Gabriela
Bailando (English Version) [feat. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona] 4:03 Enrique Iglesias
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) 3:42 Kelly Clarkson
Love and Hope 4:24 Ozomatli
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
Back To Me 3:31 Kathleen Edwards
Hey Mama 2:59 Mat Kearney
Burn You Up Burn You Down 4:31 Big Blue Ball featuring Billy Cobham, Peter Gabriel, The Holmes Brothers, Wendy Melvoin, Arona N’diaye, Jah Wobble
Quiet 8 4:45 Sheila Chandra
Lovetown 5:29 Peter Gabriel
Underneath 4:14 David Wilcox
Heartbeats 8:34 Nilardi Kumar

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 1230pm ~ Just Don’t Sit There

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes 5:48 Paul Simon
All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints 3:15 Paul Simon
Bailando (English Version) [feat. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona] 4:03 Enrique Iglesias
Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix) 4:17 Celia Cruz
Blood Stud (Ray Mang Remix) 8:36 MB Disco
I Like How It Feels (feat. Pitbull & The WAV.s) 3:40 Enrique Iglesias
Jogando Capoeira 6:20 Beatfanatic
Hermes 4:09 Carlos Santana
Loves Me Like A Rock 3:30 Paul Simon
Born At The Right Time 3:48 Paul Simon
Lovetown 5:29 Peter Gabriel
Another Day (Revised) 4:39 The Album Leaf

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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Joe L's 90th
This week we celebrated our friend Joe Lieberman’s 90th birthday as well as Principle 7’s invitation to make choices from love rather than fear.

All the music from classes is below!

As some of you know, I am both Nia instructor and writer. Today, one of my pieces was published on the (wonderful) site, Full Grown People. You can read it here. EnJoy.

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan sig

P.S. FOCUS POCUS MUSIC GIVE AWAY (MORE WAYS TO SCORE GREAT NIA MUSIC!): The offer is still good that I made in the Principle 2: Natural Time Post: email me (sjmnia@gmail.com) a picture of yourself wearing the 13-Moon Calendar color of the day (or wear the color to class and TELL me that you did it intentionally and didn’t just HAPPEN to) and I’ll send you (or hand it to you if you’re in Cville) a CD of official Nia music, either Sanjana or Dreamwalker or the Official Playlist for the Unofficial Guide! Another way to play: comment below (or on the Focus Pocus Facebook Page) about how you used any of the principles in your life recently! I’m only announcing this here so only Focus Pocus readers are in on this! [And even though it sounds like a McDonald’s contest disclaimer: good in the US only (unless you want me to email you the tunes); limit one per person; while supplies last; void where prohibited.]

Monday, Sep 29, 2014, 1045am ~ The Unofficial Guide: Three Planes of Movement

Coming Back To Life 6:19 Pink Floyd
Living In The Moment 3:55 Jason Mraz
Never Know 3:33 Jack Johnson
Drifting Away (Paradiso Mix) 5:07 Faithless
Drive By 3:16 Train
Drop 4:56 Cornelius
Breathe (Extreme Mix) 4:04 Soulfood
Stairway To Heaven 8:03 Led Zeppelin
Proud 4:30 Heather Small
Everloving 3:26 Moby
Father I Know (Mix 1) 3:08 Jamie Catto
Balance 3:10 Bob Holroyd
Peace & Harmony 5:29 Relaxation Harmony & Wellness

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014, 9am ~ The Unofficial Guide: Three Planes of Movement

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes 5:48 Paul Simon
Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
The Obvious Child 4:10 Paul Simon
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
I Know What I Know 3:13 Paul Simon
The Boy in the Bubble 3:59 Paul Simon
You Can Call Me Al 4:40 Paul Simon
Burn You Up Burn You Down 4:31 Big Blue Ball featuring Billy Cobham, Peter Gabriel, The Holmes Brothers, Wendy Melvoin, Arona N’diaye, Jah Wobble
Me And Julio Down By The School Yard 2:45 Paul Simon
So Beautiful Or So What 4:09 Paul Simon
Get Up and Get Down 3:10 The Dramatics
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger
Big Blue Ball 4:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Peter Gabriel, Manu Katché, Karl Wallinger
The Boy In The Bubble 4:30 Peter Gabriel

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014, 1055am ~ The Unofficial Guide: Three Levels of Intensity

Healing Senses 8:27 Parijat
Mulatica Mia (Cuba Remix) 5:32 The Tao Of Groove
Palais Mascotte 5:47 Patrick Duvoisin
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
Give A Little Bit More 5:54 Physics
Rhythm Is? (Marques Wyatt Mix) 5:49 Afro-Mystik
Sunsethighway 4:00 Kiln
Universalfemalebreathchoir 4:54 Kiln

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014, 9am ~ The Unofficial Guide: Three Levels of Intensity

Snakeroot 7:58 Lis Addison
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) 6:29 Rodney Hunter
Walk Into The Sun 5:21 Dirty Vegas
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
More Love, Less Attitude 4:39 Curtis Salgado
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
A Little Less Conversation [JXL Radio Edit Remix] 3:33 Elvis Presley
City Knows Your Name 4:59 Chris Coco
Shanti (Peace Out) 6:59 MC Yogi

RETREAT WITH NIA RICHMOND AT SEVENOAKS RETREAT CENTER IN MADISON Oct 10-12

Join Marybeth Grinnan, Niki Schemmel, and Susan Proffitt for another fun weekend at Sevenoaks. Play, create, get centered. Take some time for yourself before the demanding holiday season begins and return to your home energized and focused! Consider joining us for the optional Friday night activities which include dinner followed by Nia and a Fire Circle.

Get schedule and registration info here:
http://www.chasepro.com/E&E/registration.html

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! 

eyebrow yoga noticing-is-the-first-step-towards-peace

The art of noticing on all levels is at the heart of the practice of Nia…and of living a fully engaged life. If you noticed the music in classes this week and wondered what it was, here are all the playlists from classes.

Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Jul 7, 2014, 1045am ~ Eyebrow Yoga & Three Levels of Noticing

Big Sky 4:04 Annie Lennox
Down To Earth 5:59 Peter Gabriel
The Fire From Within 4:12 Tryptamoon
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Nothing But The Water (II) 5:19 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Notice The Ring 3:48 Chris Isaak
Am I Wrong 4:08 Nico & Vinz
Dust in the Wind 3:30 Daughter Darling
For The Summer 3:52 Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs
Jai Radha Madhav 6:27 Deva Premal

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014, 9am ~ Eyebrow Yoga & Three Levels of Noticing

Amazing 4:15 One Eskimo
Hero Dead And Gone (Discotheque Mix) 4:55 De-Phazz
When You’re Falling [Featuring Peter Gabriel] 5:14 Afro Celt Sound System
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You 4:42 Big Blue Ball featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
A Little Bit Of Riddim (Featuring Cherine Anderson) 4:19 Michael Franti
Never Coming Home 5:00 Sting
The Time is Now 3:55 Moioko
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free 4:09 Derek Trucks Band
Drive 3:53 Incubus
Windmills 3:48 Toad the Wet Sprocket
Cristofori’s Dream 6:07 David Lanz

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014, 1055am ~ Eyebrow Yoga & Three Levels of Noticing

Say 3:51 John Mayer
Pavement Cracks 5:10 Annie Lennox
Sol Tapado 3:52 Thievery Corporation
Short Skirt / Long Jacket 3:28 Cake
Come With Us 4:58 Chemical Brothers
Black Horse And The Cherry Tree 2:51 KT Tunstall
Dog Days Are Over 3:41 Florence And The Machine
Do Your Thing 4:45 Basement Jaxx
Domination 7:26 Peace Orchestra
Proud 4:30 Heather Small (from Akeelah And The Bee)
Underneath 4:14 David Wilcox
The Spirit of the Earth Continues (Floating Earth Remix) 6:32 Cybertribe

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014, 9am ~ Eyebrow Yoga & Three Levels of Noticing

Altus Silva 6:07 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Ronan Browne, Deep Forest, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vernon Reid
Whole Thing 5:27 Big Blue Ball featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White
Habibe 7:12 Big Blue Ball featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes, The Hossam Ramzy Egyptian Ensemble (Adel Eskander, Wael Abu Bakr, Momtaz Talaat
Shadow 4:28 Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Exit Through You 5:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Everything Comes From You 4:42 Big Blue Ball featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinéad O’Connor, Guo Yue
Burn You Up Burn You Down 4:31 Big Blue Ball featuring Billy Cobham, Peter Gabriel, The Holmes Brothers, Wendy Melvoin, Arona N’diaye, Jah Wobble
Instant Karma 3:14 U2
Thank you 4:19 Alanis Morrisette
Three Little Birds 4:29 Playing For Change
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger
Big Blue Ball 4:52 Big Blue Ball featuring Peter Gabriel, Manu Katché, Karl Wallinger

PROJECT MICHAEL FRANTI TO CHARLOTTESVILLE: A COMMUNITY PROJECT OF GRATITUDE AND INVITATION

Rebecca has begun putting the 75 flags we have created into a long (it looks like more than 20 yard) strand of love. We’ll document it with photos and video, and maybe find a way to film us all dancing to one of his songs!

NIA TRAINER, JULIE WYLIE, COMING TO CHARLOTTESVILLE

We’re excited to support a weekend of classes and workshops with Nia Trainer, Julie Wylie now scheduled for September and a Nia White Belt early in 2015. Events will include lots of things for everyBODY as well as for belts wanting to reconnect to the principles and practices. More info coming soon.

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. There is one planned in Charlottesville (see above) and lots of other places, too.

Airborne Kansas.-.Point.of.Know.Return

As a kid, whenever I got a new album (yes, one of those big, black plastic things), I would put it on my parents’ record player, turn it up, and lie on the living room rug to read every lyric and every liner note on the album cover. Double-extra-bonus excitement if there was stuff on the dust sleeve or – be still my heart – and extra booklet!  I loved knowing every single word and even better, the story behind the music.

So after a week of playing with the Airborne routine, here are my liner notes.

Dance on. Shine on.
Susan

Airborne ~ Liner Notes

Big Sky – 4:04 – Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox’s voice is like power and tenderness wrapped in a passionate package. All the lyrics of this song are beautiful and evocative, but in particular:
I slipped through
The vortex of the sky
Darkness and light
Is what’s inside

Listen for my favorite part — her “woo” as if she is catching her breath.

Down To Earth – 5:59 – Peter Gabriel

As some of you know (since I mention it pretty much every time I use his music in class), I’m a big Peter Gabriel fan and he is my pretend boyfriend (of which I have several – turns out I’m a pretend shameless hussy). I have loved this song since I heard it in the movie Wall-E. I’ve been looking for a way to use it in Nia for a while and this feels like the right fit. With its theme of environmentalism and grounded, waltzing beat, it’s a song that reminds me of the preciousness of life on the planet:
We’re coming down
Comin’ down to earth
Like babies at birth
Comin’ down to earth
Redefine your priorities
These are extraordinary qualities

The Fire From Within – 4:12 – Tryptamoon

This song’s waves of giggles and reminders to breathe (in French and English) combines with waves of sound to ride and play on.

Water Down the Ganges – 7:10 – Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas

The simple yet rich and layered patterns in this meditative, Eastern-influenced music invite variations on simple movement themes.

Freedom – 2:50 – Tyrone Wells

I first heard this song when I ran into Kroger to pick something up one morning. It stopped me in the aisle and I scribbled the lyrics that I could catch on my grocery list. I tracked down the song as soon as I got home and had it choreographed by lunch.

Nothing But The Water (II) – 5:19 – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

A friend turned me on to the passionate music of Grace Potter a couple of years ago. I love this song’s rocking spiritual feel and have done my best to reflect it in the choreography with swinging movements through the three planes…plus some rock solid balancing.

I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) – 3:52 – Michael Franti

Ultimately, the practice of Nia is about aliveness. Michael Franti’s whistling, “whoa” song celebrates life in all its complexity. This song is a joy-fest as far as I’m concerned. And if you haven’t seen the fan mashup video, well sit yourself down and enjoy…and be sure to watch it to the very, very end.

Sunchyme – 3:54 – Dario G.

Dario G was an English dance and trance group in the late 90s and this song is based on a sample from The Dream Academy’s Life in a Northern Town. I can’t resist music that makes me want to dance and sing!

Breathe – 4:17 – Telepopmusik

This song is full of delicious sounds from the slightly muffled, scratchy-phonograph vocal to the rhythmic snip-snaps to the bouncy, electric bubbles. Perfect for playing with the meditation of music and movement. And, hey!, the lyrics are right in line with the focus:
Another day
But there’s nothing to do but believe
Just believe
Just breathe

Dust in the Wind – 3:30 – Daughter Darling

In 1977 I was in 8th grade and my English teacher used the lyrics of Kansas’ Dust in the Wind to illustrate poetry of mortality and the inevitability of death. I was already a lyric lover (as mentioned above), but having a teacher recognize the poetry in the music I listened to, as well as the realization of the weightiness of the song stuck with me. Twenty-five years later, Daughter Darling covered my beloved junior high ballad beautifully. The wistful but urgent vocals and the melancholy strings feel like wind.

Feel It All – Band Jam – 3:50 – KT Tunstall

There are so many things I love about this song from KT Tunstall’s latest album. The imagery of nature — seeds and rain, branches and snow, birds and eagles – align with the elemental focus of the routine. This is the “band jam” version of the song which reminds me that even though Tunstall makes great music when she’s alone with her looping machine, there is richness when music is made together. But most importantly, the chorus reflects one of the foundations of mindful practice: we are here to feel it all.

Child Come Home – 3:29 – Jamie Catto

Jamie Catto is my hero and mentor. On the front edge of my sabbatical last year, Jamie talked me down from the ledge and invited me to explore new ways of making art in the world. This song is an unpublished — one that he sent me after our conversation. I am grateful to him for the personal connection he made with me and for the art he offers us all.

Jai Radha Madhav – 6:27 – Deva Premal

Deva Premal’s beautiful version of the Jai Radha Madhav mantra transcends language. Even if we don’t understand the Sanskrit she sings, we understand the message: love is space.

easy 7 easy buttonI’ve noticed this week how often I hear (from myself and others) the words “easy” and “hard.” The more I think about it, the more meaningless those words feel. It’s all relative.

Focusing instead on what is the the edge between challenge and healing, on the other hand, offers a rich practice that can be applied to any activity or situation. That’s where I want to dance.

We did a soft launch of my new routine, Airborne, this week. Allowing the new music and movements be a playground for the challenge/healing balance. Next week, we’ll dive full-on into the new routine and see what else there is to play with!  Below is the playlist ~ more on it next week.

Part of what makes our mindful movement practice powerful is how it spills out of the studio and supports us in our lives. This week, two Nia Stories about just that: one from Pat Taylor on how her Nia practice informs her study to become a massage therapist and one from Madeline Holly-Sales about how Nia affects her musical performance. Thanks to them both for sharing part of their practice. It is a gift to us all.  Enjoy their stories, be inspired, and by all means, share your own (email it to me at sjmnia@gmail.com)!

Dance on. Shine on.
Xo
Susan

Challenge & Healing ~ Monday, October 14, 2013, 1045am
Challenge & Healing ~ Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 9am
Challenge & Healing ~ Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 1055am
Challenge & Healing ~ Thursday, October 17, 2013, 9am

Big Sky – 4:04 – Annie Lennox
Down To Earth – 5:59 – Peter Gabriel
The Fire From Within – 4:12 – Tryptamoon
Water Down the Ganges – 7:10 – Prem Joshua
Freedom – 2:50 – Tyrone Wells
Nothing But The Water (II) – 5:19 – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) – 3:52 – Michael Franti
Sunchyme – 3:54 – Dario G.
Breathe – 4:17 – Telepopmusik
Dust in the Wind – 3:30 – Daughter Darling
Feel It All – Band Jam – 3:50 – KT Tunstall
Child Come Home – 3:29 – Jamie Catto
Jai Radha Madhav – 6:27 – Deva Premal

Maya-Angelou quote 1Hokey Dinah, I love to sub for Anne on Saturday mornings! I’ve been looking forward to it all week. We focused on remembering that the body is our oldest friend, our most steadfast companion, and our wisest ally. Inherently, the body is always doing its best for us, always doing its best to heal and be well — no matter what we feed it, how we move it, or how we talk to and about it. Even so, it is easy to feel frustrated, angry, or even betrayed by its illness, injury, or appearance. In this morning’s practice we spent our time listening to sensation and responding as we would to an old, beloved friend.

Do I have to say it? Okay, I will. It rocked. It was sweaty, dancing, wiggling, singing, serious fun. Thanks to all, and particularly to my old friend Victoria who drove a long way to reconnect after a long time (you are a gem) and to Anne for giving me the chance to come and play today (you are a gem, too!).

Do join us at the retreat that Rebecca George and I are leading March 28-30, 2014 – Life As An Artist. Whoever you are, whatever your relationship is to making art, this will be a fun, restorative, and possibly transformational weekend. Now’s a great time to register. Or any time before October 10, actually. Which is soon. So check it out here.

Below is the playlist from class. Go buy some music today. Or dig up some old 70s tunes and put them on your iPod. Then dance in your kitchen. Hello, old friend.

Have fun. Dance on.
Love,
Susan

P.S. I understand from a reader of this blog that there are sometimes ads that appear at the bottom of my postings. Sometimes ads that are not, how shall I say, in complete alignment with my message. As the writer of the blog, interestingly, they never show me said ads. So tell me, dear readers, are they a bother? Should I look into strategies for ridding Focus Pocus of them? Do tell.

Hello Old Friend ~ Saturday, September 28, 2013, 9am

Big Sky – 4:04 – Annie Lennox
Down To Earth – 5:59 – Peter Gabriel
The Fire From Within – 4:12 – Tryptamoon
Freedom – 2:50 – Tyrone Wells
Walk Into The Sun – 5:21 – Dirty Vegas
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) – 3:52 – Michael Franti
Exit Through You – 5:52 – Big Blue Ball featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger
Long Train Running (Groovy Dooby Mix) – 5:07 – DJ’s Brothers
One Billion Hands – 4:05 – Lourds Lane
The River – 5:31 – Suzanne Sterling
Hello Old Friend – 3:43 – Kim Richey
Phenomenal Woman – 4:24 – Ruthie Foster
Plegaria Para el Alma de Layla – 3:20 – Pedro Aznar

comparison AA sayingThe Joy of Contrast. I think we’re really onto something, friends. Imagine how different the world would be if instead of putting a ton of energy into measuring up and artificially keeping score, that we were just amazed and excited by how awesome each of us is? When I looked around in classes this week, that’s what I saw and, well, did I mention that I love my job?

Below are the playlists from classes this week. I’m working on a new routine called Airborne and some of this week’s selections are from that. Perhaps more next week before my last summer trip to a Minnesota family wedding (dance floors need to be burned up in the Midwest as well as the Mid Atlantic!). I’ll be away August 29 – September 4 and of course, the super ACAC Nia team has them all covered!

Have fun. Dance on.
Xo
Susan

The Joy of Contrast ~ Monday, August 19, 2013, 1045am

Damascus – 2:03 – Conjure One Feat. Chemda
Down To Earth – 5:59 – Peter Gabriel
I Shall Be Free – 6:13 – Kid Beyond
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) – 6:29 – Rodney Hunter
Compared To What – 5:56 – Candy Dulfer
Freedom – 2:50 – Tyrone Wells
Praise You – 5:22 – Fatboy Slim
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) – 3:52 – Michael Franti
Sunchyme – 3:54 – Dario G.
Amazing – 4:34 – One Eskimo
Billie Jean (Live) – 4:09 – The Civil Wars
Oracle – 5:29 – Maneesh De Moor

The Joy of Contrast ~ Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 9am

Wonderwall – 4:09 – Ryan Adams
Down To Earth – 5:59 – Peter Gabriel
Lovers House – 4:49 – City Reverb
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
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) – 3:52 – Michael Franti
Knock On Wood – 4:13 – Safri Duo
Sweet Child o’ Mine (Rick Rubin…) – 3:56 – Sheryl Crow
Skyfall – 4:47 – Adele
The Boy In The Bubble – 4:30 – Peter Gabriel

The Joy of Contrast ~ Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 1055am

Big Sky – 4:04 – Annie Lennox
touching the void – 9:08 – Banco de Gaia
forever changes – 5:34 – ZKT
Ma’ Africa – 4:49 – 1 Giant Leap: Mahotella Queens/Ulali
Nothing But The Water (II) – 5:19 – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
One Week – 2:49 – Barenaked Ladies
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) – 3:52 – Michael Franti
Night Over Manaus – 5:49 Boozoo Bajou
Sure Thing – 6:03 – St. Germain
The Sea – 5:08 – Morcheeba
Early Till Late – 4:47 – Cantoma

The Joy of Contrast ~ Thursday, August 22, 2013, 9am

Shake It Loose – 3:33 – Dolphin Boy
Down To Earth – 5:59 – Peter Gabriel
Stop For A Minute (feat. K’naan) – 4:07 – Keane
Takshaka – 10:42 – Makayo
Drumming Up a Storm – 5:59 – Bob Holroyd
Played A Live – 6:46 – Safri Duo
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) – 3:52 – Michael Franti
Artichoke Funk – 5:56 – Zeb
Nothing But The Water (II) – 5:19 – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Lavender Hill – 4:33 – Lex van Someren
Ascension – 4:52 – Lex van Someren

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