Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!
And above all much enjoyment in your dancing this coming year. I wish you well in your showcases and competitions and an awareness in the moment in all that you do. (I’ll talk more about this below)
But first – on Saturday January 25th, I’m excited to attend the FADS Team Match in New Jersey where I will be sharing my work and giving free mini lessons. I will offer you a tool for turning around habits of tension that can interfere with your dancing. You will enjoy moving with ease, while having a solid connection with your partner. I’ll be in the vendor area where you can sign up for 10 minute mini lesson slots.
I’ve noticed that the whole world is embracing the tenets of “being in the moment”, including the NY Times. Today on page 3 appeared “Here to Help”, how to be more mindful on the go. This short article highlights pausing, leaving work at work and an exercise known as R.A.I.N. or Recognize, Accept, Investigate and Non-Identification. These’ exercises’ can be interchangeable with the powerful tools of the Alexander Technique, which I call on regularly to help my students look better, feel better and dance better. Here they are:
Recognize. NY Times: “Acknowledge what is happening, just noting it in a calm accepting matter”. I call this awareness. You may become aware of tension/pain in your neck during your smooth frame. It is simply what is with no value judgement.
Accept. NY Times: “Allow life to be just as it is without changing it right away and without wishing it were different somehow”. I call this pausing before taking action. In lessons, give yourself a moment to reconsider your next movement.
Investigate. NY Times: “See how it feels, whether it is making you upset or happy, giving you pleasure or pain, just note it”. This is part two of recognize and awareness above.
Non-Identification. NY Times: “Realize that the sensation you are feeling make for a fleeting experience, one that will soon pass. It isn’t who you are”. I call this realizing that we all have habits but they don’t have to define us. It is possible to direct yourself away from them in a new efficient manner. Think how can I use the muscles I really need to do this rumba walk?
To read more about what I am planning at the Team Match and for discounts on lessons, click here.
Happy Dancing! If you know other dancers who may benefit from reading my blog, please forward. If you are a studio owner, I offer workshops on location. Go to my home page to see an outline.