Yield to the spirit of cooperation and openheartedness.
Push through the sticky substances of separation and competitiveness.
Reach for the open spaces that support us whatever direction we face.
Grasp for the truth inherent in each movement moment.
Pull closer to the waters of reflection and release the anchors of anxious approval.
The above just about sums up what happened through me during this year’s OneDanceTribe gathering on Maui. Gracias, Sweet Samantha, for those action verbs and the teachings that went with them delineating our movement patterns.
Along side co-conspirators Amara Pagano, Samantha Sweetwater, Jo Cobbet, Eva Geueke, and Jenny Mack, I re-discovered a territory of openheartedness and collegial cooperation that broke through the tight weaving of the basket that has surrounded this dancer’s heart. It has been a long solo ride for me, until recently.
The weeklong celebration of unity within diversity, solo songs sung within the body choir of varying movement modalities, teaching styles, and points of view, presented this dancer with an outlook that cracked my armor of separation and narrow views.
It is this spirit of oneness that saturates the weeklong event and is available for all who show, in the know. With Pier Paolo de Angelis at the helm of this ship of wanderers, wonderers, mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons of the great vessel Earth, we set sail on a course of deepening devotion and discovery of body, spirit, and soul on and off the dance floor.
Pier Paolo’s vision of unity and love for the conscious dancer – held in tandem with Amara – is what I repeatedly pulled toward as the week spun outward, the rains poured their blessings from above, and my feet grew sensitive to the touch of the ground below. What a ride!
I remain grateful, honored, and humbled to be included as visiting faculty for this twice-a-year gathering, on Maui and in Europe. To all those who study with me, take time to see the crafted view of conscious dance as told by others, Azul, Dancing Freedom, 5Rhythms, Open Floor, Movement Medicine and sing in these choirs of diverse songs from the center of your stance.