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Especially at this time of year, I need to ground and center. In classes this week, we focused on the physical center of the body, the tan tien, and how that roots us down and up. We used the beautiful and powerful Sacred routine (original choreography by Kelle Rae Oien).

You can find our playlists below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

Before the music, though, announcements and other goodnesses:

Mary Linn’s Last Class ~ Saturday, December 22, 1230-145pm
Please join the whole acac Nia Team to celebrate the gift of Mary Linn’s Nia teaching and leadership as she teaches her last class from 1230-145pm on Saturday, December 22 at acac Albemarle Square, Studio A. And plan to stay for some refreshment and well-wishing!

Buddha Cat Book Signing at C’ville Arts ~ Saturday, December 22, 230-430pm
I’ll be signing and personalizing copies of Buddha Cat: Learning Awareness, Presence & Self-Care from a Teacher Who Sometimes Barfs on the Bed at Cville Arts on Saturday, December 22 from 230-430pm. As one of the newest members of this Cooperative gallery, I’m delighted to be part of a gallery that displays and sells craft and art from over 50 Virginia artists. Come get a hand-illustrated copy of Buddha Cat, browse the extraordinary collection at C’ville Arts and get free cat treats for any felines on your list.

acac Holiday Hours + Nia Classes
Monday, December 24
Albemarle Square & Downtown: 5:00am – 2:00pm
Susan teaching 1045-12noon at The Square
Tuesday, December 25
all acac locations are closed // Ptops & CZ: unstaffed
Wednesday, December 26
all acac locations open at 8:00am and close at 10:00pm
Susan teaching 11am-1215pm at The Square
Jeanne teaching 545-645pm downtown

Monday, December 31
Albemarle Square & Downtown: 5:00am – 6:00pm
Susan teaching 1045-12noon at The Square
Tuesday, January 1
Albemarle Square & Downtown: 8:00am – 10:00pm
Susan teaching 840-940am downtown

Buddha Cat & More at the Cville Arts Cooperative
I’m delighted to announce that my work has been accepted at Cville Arts Crafts & Art Cooperative (www.cvillearts.org) on the downtown mall at 118 E. Main Street (near the fountain and next to the mosaic sofa)! This beautiful, eclectic gallery offers a variety of art and crafts made by all Virginia artists. My display is up ~~ you’ll find it in the back gallery! I am honored to be included in this talented gathering of artists! Please do some of your holiday shopping at Cville Arts!

Buddha Cat Now on Amazon
Buddha Cat is now also available on the world’s largest retailer! You can find both Kindle and paperback editions! AND if you are already a reader and fan, PLEASE would you write a review? A review is one of the most powerful things you can do to spread the word. Find the book listing here! Thank you for your energy and support!

Buddha Cat Available at Local Stores!
If you’d rather not order online and/or if you’d like to support an independent bookstore, you can find the book at some local establishments!
Over The Moon Bookstore at 2025 Library Ave in Crozet, Virginia. It’s a beautiful store filled with great books, lovely things and chocolate and is well worth a visit. They also carry Buddha Cat postcards!
New Dominion Bookshop on the downtown mall at 404 E Main St in Charlottesville, Virginia. New Dominion is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia, and carries books in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature, and a unique selection of architecture and landscape gardening resources…as well as Buddha Cat – the book, prints and cards. Please do go in, ask for Buddha Cat by name and support local artists, local booksellers and local cats.
Quilts Unlimited / J. Fenton Gifts on the downtown mall at 118 West Main St in Charlottesville. This is a great place to find contemporary American Handcrafts, artisan jewelry and whimsical (even Buddha-y) gifts.
Hot Yoga Charlottesville at 216 West Water St., Charlottesville, VA. The home of hot yoga since 2004, HYC offers a variety of heated yoga classes that heal body, mind and spirit.
The Elderberry at 1917 Commonwealth Drive in Charlottesville. A full service herbal shop, The Elderberry is a place to get expert advice, a full herbal apothecary and a supportive community.
PawPrints on the downtown mall at 201 East Main Street near the fountain. A locally owned shop, PawPrints offers unique items for both people and pets. You can find fun cat and dog themed toys, treats, gifts and apparel – and Buddha Cat!
Integral Yoga Natural Foods at 923 Preston Ave, IY provides the foods, supplements, personal-care products – and Buddha books! – needed to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Pantops Veterinarian Hospital at 315 Winding River Lane, Suite 101
Charlottesville. PVH  is a full-service small animal veterinary facility, with practice for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs and where they celebrate the Buddha in all of our fur babies.

Yoga Retreat in Mexico with Lynsie McKeown ~ February 9-16, 2019
It’s time to say YES to you and your well-being; to put you first. Join Lynsie McKeown, February 9-16, 2019, for 8 days of daily practice, luxury villas, delectable meals and immersive experiences in paradise. This retreat is designed to nourish, support and celebrate YOU. Immersed in beauty and nature, you’ll experience the benefits of a complete practice; asana (vinyasa tantra), pranayama, guided meditation and Yoga Nidra (a deep state of restoration, relaxation, and awareness). Body, mind, heart and soul will be rejuvenated. You’ll leave feeling full—full of more joy, motivation and inspiration to carry you through the rest of your year. Find out more here.

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

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018, 11am ~ Ground & Center

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
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Galactivation 4:41 Shakatura
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Hit the Ground 3:31 Lizz Wright
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

Thursday, Dec 20, 2018, 815am ~ Ground & Center

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
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
The Hounds of Winter 5:27 Sting
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Hit the Ground 3:31 Lizz Wright

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 danced mostly to Kelle Rae Oien’s routine, Sacred to explore moving and living from the inside out. While the routine offers sincerely good musical and movement medicine, it’s Bryan Adam’s song, Inside Out that I’ve got in my head. If you haven’t, take a few minutes to listen to it! You can find it here with a somewhat creepy Blade Runner-esque video

The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you, and challenge you!

But first, here are a couple of things you want to know about:

Inbetween Halloween Jam on Tuesday, October 31 at 840am Downtown AND 535pm Albemarle Square
Celebrate Halloween in a traditional way with Mary Linn, Susan and Rachel. Originally, the day marked both the harvest and the change into the darker half of the year (the shift from orange to black).  It was considered an “in between” time where the boundary between spirits and humans thinned. In that spirit, we’ll use music all from artists who have passed. Put on some orange and black and join us on Tue, Oct 31, 840-940am Downtown, Group Ex Studio and then again at 535-635pm at Albemarle Square, Room B.

Nia classes for people with cancer, survivors, caregivers & staff at UVA with Susan Tate ~ on Mondays and Wednesdays
Join Susan Tate, Black Belt Nia Instructor for Nia classes with a focus on moving to heal on Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm & Wednesdays,12-1pm on the 4th Floor of the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center. These free classes start October 16 with a kick-off celebration class at 5:30 pm.  Registration is not required. Contact Susan Tate at susan@susantate.orgfor more information.

Writing & Wellness Yoga Retreat in Boone, N.C. with two amazing teachers ~ Nov. 2 – 5th, 2017
Join Lisa Jakub and Cecily Armstrong (two of my favorite yoga teachers and people on the planet!) for a fun, restorative and empowering retreat exploring various aspects of emotional and physical wellness. The retreat will include: • writing exercises to understand anxiety & the inner critic • nutrition talks, on both physical and emotional nourishment • discussions on purpose, connection, and authentic power • yoga, meditation and pranayama • healthy Ayurvedic meals • free time at the retreat center – massage, pottery, hiking ‣ You’ll return home with tools to help you live a more happy, healthy, vibrant life. And we’ll have a whole bunch of fun, too! No writing or yoga experience necessary! Find all the information here
Writing & Wellness Yoga Retreat in Boone, NC!
and for questions, contact Lisa at LisaJakub108@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 . ***

Monday, Oct 23, 2017, 1045am ~ Inside Out

All Colours Pt 3 2:50 Bob Holroyd
Factor 30 9:34 Bjarno
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
Upside Down 3:29 Jack Johnson
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Upside Down (Original CHIC Mix) 4:15 Diana Ross
Inside Out 4:43 Bryan Adams
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017, 840am ~ Inside Out

Factor 30 9:34 Bjarno
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
Upside Down 3:29 Jack Johnson
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
À l’envers 2:55 Michèle Richard
Inside Out 4:43 Bryan Adams
Somehow Familiar 3:40 Fabrizio Paterlini

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017, 11am ~ Inside Out

All Colours Pt 3 2:50 Bob Holroyd
Factor 30 9:34 Bjarno
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
You Are My Kind 4:20 Santana/Seal
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Everybody Got Their Something 4:23 Nikka Costa
Inside Out 4:43 Bryan Adams
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017, 840am ~ Inside Out

Factor 30 9:34 Bjarno
Sunday Morning, Up All Night 4:54 NYXYSS
Only You 2:28 Joshua Radin
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
All I Got 2 2:54 Amel Larrieux
Inside Out 4:43 Bryan Adams
Somehow Familiar 3:40 Fabrizio Paterlini

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!


After a week away, it was delicious to come home to dance! We continued our focus on building compassion by nurturing boundaries. I often mistake boundaries for protection, defense and distance but instead, when I set my intention for increasing my generosity and compassion, boundaries soften and open my heart. Feel the difference for yourself – think about a situation in which you would like to have more openhearted, generous compassion. Then feel what a boundary would do to make your heart softer and more available vs. a boundary that feels defended.

The playlists from the week are below. If you’d like to listen to them, you can find almost all the music on Spotify where you can listen for free! Put the music we dance to together with other pieces that lift you up, calm you and challenge you!

And first the announce-y type things:

Subbing for Jeanne on Sunday, July 23, 12:45pm at acac Albemarle Square
I’m excited to be jumping in for Jeanne this Sunday — after a week away, an extra day of dancing is a welcome thing. Join me for a play-full hour of music, movement and magic.

Invisible Net of Love for Antje Waxman
Our friend and Nia / Egoscue teacher, Antje Waxman’s husband is terribly ill and they could use some support and nourishment. If you’d like to offer a meal for them, please go here to sign up. http://www.takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=JHSX5292 Thank you for being part of the invisible net of love.

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 . ***

Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017, 11am ~ Compassion: Nurture Boundaries

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
Back In The USSR 2:41 The Beatles
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Bollywood Drums 5:28 Desert Dwellers
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017, 840am ~ Compassion: Nurture Boundaries

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
Back In The USSR 2:41 The Beatles
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Bollywood Drums 5:28 Desert Dwellers
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

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!

Spirals are everywhere: in shells and seeds, trees and typhoons, in our bone and breath, our heart and our stride. Even babies, when they are born are born in a spiral of movement.

The spiral, one of the five universal shapes that hold the same meaning across time and culture, is a symbol of transformation. To learn more about the five shapes, take the Preferential Shapes Test and get some insights into amazing you! Go here for more on that.

So needless to say (but I will anyway), it was a powerful good week of spiraling movement. Thank you to all who danced in person and joined us remotely!

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, Jun 5, 2017, 1045am ~ Spirals

Fly Like An Eagle 4:16 Seal
Factor 30 9:34 Bjarno
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Walk Into The Sun 5:21 Dirty Vegas
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Sargasso Sea 7:02 Daveen Rowala
Twist & Shout 3:57 Chaka Demus & Players
Windmills Of Your Mind 4:17 Sting
Spiral Dance 6:17 David Lanz

Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017, 840am ~ Spirals

Fly Like An Eagle 4:16 Seal
Factor 30 9:34 Bjarno
One Hundred Lights (Grouch Remix) 5:31 Kaya Project
Walk Into The Sun 5:21 Dirty Vegas
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Sargasso Sea 7:02 Daveen Rowala
Twist & Shout 3:57 Chaka Demus & Players
Windmills Of Your Mind 4:17 Sting
Beneath the Bananas 4:18 Jamie Catto & Alex Forster

Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017, 11am ~ Spirals

Fly Like An Eagle 4:16 Seal
Little By Little 5:30 Groove Armada
Dance of Sarasvati 9:07 Kitaro
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
Walk Into The Sun 5:21 Dirty Vegas
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
It’s Alright 3:28 Dar Williams
Salala (featuring Peter Gabriel) 3:24 Angelique Kidjo
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime 4:27 Krezip

Thursday, Jun 8, 2017, 840am ~ Spirals

Fly Like An Eagle 4:16 Seal
Little By Little 5:30 Groove Armada
Tala Odyssey (Drumspyder Remix) 6:07 Desert Dwellers
Walk Into The Sun 5:21 Dirty Vegas
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
It’s Alright 3:28 Dar Williams
Salala (featuring Peter Gabriel) 3:24 Angelique Kidjo
Drive 3:53 Incubus
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
While My Guitar Gently Weeps 4:01 Santana Feat. India.Arie & Yo-Yo Ma

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!

One of the sub-foci of the Sacred routine choreographed by Kelle Rae Oien is spirals and rotations. Since I’m not ready to leave Sacred entirely, this week I’ll be spiraling the routine with others. This post from a few years ago plus some new spiralicious art captures some of my fascination with the spirals around us and in us.

(originally posted on November 9, 2012)

I’ve been an admirer of straight-shooting for most of my adult life.  Tell it like it is.  Say what needs saying.  Cut to the chase.  I’m a bit ham-handed with it, to be honest, often saying the blunt rather than incisive thing, but in principle I’m down with telling it straight.  After reading Real Love by Greg Baer  and A Complaint-Free World by Will Bowen, as well as living with my kind and clever husband for 13 years, I’m beginning to understand the wisdom of less-direct, more spiral communication.

Especially in regards to sensitive topics, my husband, Frank, has shown me the skillfulness in quietly listening.  Where I might jump in and say my piece, he will be still and then circle back to something later when everybody’s more receptive to questions and conversation.  The wisdom of spirals.

I started the complaint-free challenge on October 26: endeavoring to go 21 consecutive days without complaining, criticizing or gossiping.  It’s been humbling.  So far, I’ve made it as long as 3 days before having to restart, and my tongue has a definite bite mark in it.  I’m being far less direct than usual, and I’m discovering that spiraling, when it comes to relationships, is often the wise way to go.

Not a surprise, really, since spiraling is The Body’s Way, too. There are few straight lines in the body.  As Amanda Latchmore’s beautifully writes in her Harrogate Yoga Blog:

Our bodies are composed of spirals. The heart is both an organ and a muscle that spirals in and around itself – formed by the gushing of blood from the Mother’s placenta into two tubes of spiraling muscle. The bones spiral, recede and curve, the striations within them spiraling downwards, so that the force of weight can be transferred to the earth. In turn, our muscles wrap around the bones in a continuous network of spiraling movement.

Nia movements reflect the power of spiraling and invite movements that rotate, wrap and revolve.  Moves like Knee Sweep, Palm Directions, Sink and Pivot Table Wipe all create systemic spiraling that echo the spirals in the body.

And the spirals are, indeed, systemic in the human body!  In her article, The Double Spiral Arrangement of the Human Musculature, Carol Porter McCullough describes Raymond Dart, a 20th Century anatomist, anthropologist and Alexander Technique enthusiast who discovered the double spiral design of the body.  She explains,

The spirals of the human musculature are mirror images of each other. Designating the right side of the pelvis as a starting point, the muscle sheet of one of the spirals travels diagonally around the side of the torso, crossing over the front mid-section to wrap diagonally upward to the left side of the torso, where the road of muscle makes a “Y,” one avenue junctioning with the muscles of the left arm, the other avenue snaking its way diagonally across the back, continuing on its diagonal journey across the neck to hook onto the head behind the ear in its original hemisphere of the right side (Dart 1996, 69).

Dart  believed in ‘the universality of spiral movement’ and said “all things move spirally and … all growth is helical (Dart 1996, 57).”  I can see the truth in this when watching a morning glory bloom or a baby roll over.  And when I circle back around to a conversation a few days later and find that it is easeful and healing to say what I want to say and that my words can actually be heard.

This week, we’ll focus on rotation and spirals in class.  Whether we are dancing together or not, I invite you into the practice of noticing how spirals have a healing effect on body, mind and relationships!  I’d love to hear what you discover!


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

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!


Deepening our connection to the form, function and ART of the bones creates an organic and personal connection to movement and sensation. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Sacred routine: what you notice in your body both during and after. (I’m feeling my LEGS – whoo Nelly!)

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 first the announce-y type things:

Memorial Day Nia – Monday, May 29 from 11-12:15pm
For the holiday, acac has a slightly modified schedule so on Memorial Day (and all Monday holidays), Nia at acac Albemarle Square will be from 11am-1215pm! Come spend some of your day off with your body and with us!

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 22, 2017, 1045am ~ 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
Dr. Bones 3:34 Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
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 23, 2017, 840am ~ 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
Dr. Bones 3:34 Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
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 24, 2017, 11am ~ 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
Bad to the Bone 4:56 George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Torch 7:49 Bob Holroyd
Afronaut 5:23 Shaman’s Dream
Bollywood Drums 5:28 Desert Dwellers
Mumbai Madness 4:49 Mashti + Jean Baden
Father Space 5:56 Bjarno

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 840am ~ 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
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

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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