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The practice of pausing adds wisdom and skill to most everything. Even, and perhaps in particular, in the midst of everything.
Below are our playlists for the week. If you’d like to listen to the music, you can find almost all the songs on Spotify (you can listen for free)! As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some announcements of (particularly exciting) things that are happening!

Classes at the Studio at Dancing Water
I’m delighted to announce that I will start offering classes at the studio at Dancing Water* on Thursday mornings from 11-1215pm starting THIS THURSDAY, May 2. Classes will be my mix of guided and unguided movement, meditation and creativity! Come join us in the trees by the river for grounded, flowing, spacious movement. For the month of May, I’m offering a discounted rate so grab a friend and come to the river! Go HERE to sign up!
* The Studio at Dancing Water is at 2370 Old Lynchburg Road ~ detailed directions at http://www.susanmcculley.com and via email when you sign up!

Summer acac Schedule Shift
For the acac summer schedule (starting June 13), Jeanne Catherine will be teaching the Thursday morning 8:40-9:40am class. I will continue to teach Mondays 10:45-12noon at Albemarle Square, Tuesdays 8:40-9:40am Downtown, and Wednesdays 11-12:15pm at Albemarle Square and I will teach on Thursday mornings at the Studio at Dancing Water…lots of choices for mindful movement!

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ May 3 at 11:25am
Nia Freedance is an opportunity to play and tap into the creative wisdom in our body, emotions, mind and spirit. For a full hour we get to dance together with the intention of stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance will be at ACAC Albemarle Square Friday, May 3 from 11:25 -12:25.

Nia White Belt Training with Kelle Rae Oien Aug 15-21 at SoulShines in Richmond
Whether for personal growth, developing your practice or preparing to teach, the Nia White Belt training is a life-changing experience. Join stellar White Belt Trainer, Kelle Rae Oien at the new SoulShines Studios in Richmond. Go here for more information!
https://www.facebook.com/events/796684947329568/ (NOTE: A belt can audit 3 sessions for free. (They will need to pay for classes with Kelle – not included in the free offer) A retake (anything more than 3 sessions) is $99 to HQ and $400 to Kelle. That includes all classes.)

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

Monday, Apr 29, 2019, 1045am ~ Pause.

Healing Senses 8:27 Parijat
Marisi 6:33 Cantoma
Sol Tapado 3:52 Thievery Corporation
I’m in Heaven 7:05 Universal Funk
Dancing is Important 5:37 Moodswings
Air Batucada 4:40 Thievery Corporation
Shama Lama Ding Dong 3:01 C. Vaughn Leslie
The Heart is A Lonely Hunter 6:22 Thievery Corporation
Minimba Featuring Mari Boine 5:55 Future Prophecies
Bless This 7:21 Deseo Remixes (original by Jon Anderson)

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019, 840am ~ Pause.

Healing Senses 8:27 Parijat
Marisi 6:33 Cantoma
Sol Tapado 3:52 Thievery Corporation
I’m in Heaven 7:05 Universal Funk
Dancing is Important 5:37 Moodswings
Air Batucada 4:40 Thievery Corporation
Time To Smile 3:31 Xavier Rudd
The Heart is A Lonely Hunter 6:22 Thievery Corporation
Minimba Featuring Mari Boine 5:55 Future Prophecies
The Essence One 3:24 Jeroen Elfferich

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 11am ~ Pause.

From Mumbai 7:20 Sebastian Taylor
Nourah 6:51 Makyo
Africa Bamba 4:43 Santana
No Quiero Nada Mas 4:46 Sancti Spiritus
Amoré (Sexo) 3:52 Macy Gray/Santana
Work That Body 5:35 Rodney Hunter
Smooth 4:58 Santana Feat. Rob Thomas
Denmark 5:07 Chemical Brothers
Inner Membrane 5:19 Govinda
Beguiled 4:46 Tim Story

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 840am ~ Pause.

From Mumbai 7:20 Sebastian Taylor
Nourah 6:51 Makyo
Africa Bamba 4:43 Santana
No Quiero Nada Mas 4:46 Sancti Spiritus
Amoré (Sexo) 3:52 Macy Gray/Santana
Work That Body 5:35 Rodney Hunter
Smooth 4:58 Santana Feat. Rob Thomas
Denmark 5:07 Chemical Brothers
Inner Membrane 5:19 Govinda
Beguiled 4:46 Tim Story

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 11am Mindful Movement at the Studio at Dancing Water ~ Pause.

Sky 5:28 Jeroen Elfferich
From Mumbai 7:20 Sebastian Taylor
Bahia 3:34 Angélique Kidjo
Africa Bamba 4:43 Santana
Mundian to Bach Ke 3:46 Panjabi MC
Smooth 4:58 Santana Feat. Rob Thomas
Isla De La Piedra 5:05 Phontaine
Desert Days 5:31 John Kelley
Inner Membrane 5:19 Govinda
Since Supernatural 4:32 Governor Washington/Melky Jean/Santana
You Wish 3:33 Nightmares on Wax
All Rivers 4:57 Tully John and Liza-Jane
Rivers 5:45 Big Blue Ball featuring Vernon Reid, Márta Sebestyén, Karl Wallinger

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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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Before you get up.
Before you eat.
Before you go to the next thing.
Before you hit SEND.
Before you speak.
Before…pause.

Even in the middle of everything.
A nourishing, intentional, sacred pause can make all the difference.

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DANCING WATER CLASSES ~ ~ ~ I’m delighted to announce that I will start offering classes at the studio at Dancing Water* on Thursday mornings from 11-1215pm starting THIS THURSDAY, May 2. Come join us in the trees by the river for grounded, flowing, spacious movement. For the month of May, I’m offering a discounted rate while we work out the kinks together! Go HERE to sign up!

 

  • Dancing Water ~ 2370 Old Lynchburg Road, Charlottesville VA 22903 (detailed directions can be found in the SHOP section under Additional Information).

Nineteen years ago, my sister and I participated in the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day 60 mile walk. We trained all winter to walk 60 miles from somewhere in Maryland to the mall in Washington DC. All that training and that long walking weekend, I barely stopped moving for months. When we finished, my sweet husband (to whom I’d been married for less than a year) gave me a simple vase with the word “pause” on it .

I loved it then and ever since it has a place on honor on my desk to remind me to take my time and to stop and breathe (it’s pictured here in my new studio with other beloved reminders of creativity and adventure).

For the past year and a half, that same husband and I have been building a dream. It’s a house but more than that. On Friday, we passed the final inspection and started to move into our new home. It’s wonderful and exciting…and it’s been exhausting. So in the spirit of the walk in 2000 and the reminder of the “pause” vase, I am taking the week off from teaching to get settled and get my bearings.

So this week, I offer you a poem and a dharma talk. First, the dharma. Tara Brach speaks eloquently and beautifully about the practice of the Sacred Pause. I hope you will pause and listen to her wisdom here.

And then the poem:

For Our World

We need to stop.
Just stop.
Stop for a moment.
Before anybody
Says or does anything
That may hurt anyone else.
We need to be silent.
Just silent.
Silent for a moment.
Before we forever lose
The blessing of songs
That grow in our hearts.
We need to notice.
Just notice.
Notice for a moment.
Before the future slips away
Into ashes and dust of humility.
Stop, be silent, and notice.
In so many ways, we are the same.
Our differences are unique treasures.
We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts
To nurture, to offer, to accept.
We need to be.
Just be.
Be for a moment.
Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
Like children and lambs,
Never judging or vengeful
Like the judging and vengeful.
And now, let us pray,
Differently, yet together,
Before there is no earth, no life,
No chance for peace.

September 11, 2001
© Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek 1990 -2004
from Hope Through Heartsongs, Hyperion, 2002

Have a peaceful week, everybody. I’ll see you the week of April 29!

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