Collective Soul in Flagstaff…Day One

Flagstaff, Arizona, and on to day 2 of Collective Soul Level One. I have the honor of working with seven delightful dancers from across the US–New York, Maryland, and a few spots here in Arizona–Tucson, Goodyear, and of course, Flagstaff. Hilary Giovale, my student as well as a dancer in GCDC, is the sponsor for this 3 day Tribal Certification Intnesive as well as a sold out weekend of workshops and a hafla full of dancers and friends. I’ve never been to Flagstaff and am thrilled to be here with these amazing women.
Day One was energizing and full of lots of talking, about shifting ways of thinking and dancing Tribal. Being an improvisational dance based on a structured language of steps is the basis of this group-centered dance, but learning how to be a dancer, in general, is the key.
To move the body, being light on your feet, trusting yourself as a dancer, so that you can not only dance within your own tribe, but have the exhilarating ability to dance with others of different backgrounds and styles, instead of being locked into only one certain structure of moves. Taking Tribal Global in the process…
Most of thes dancers with me this week have been dancing for years, so you think taking a Level One course might be too simple for them. But I love to present new ways of working the dance as well as the body, and if you haven’t had the weekly classes with me at my home front, then there are lots of new inputs and ideas for them, as well as personal critiques and attention. So yesterday we had lots do a-ha moments, some great laughs, good sweating drills, journaling, and more step breakdowns.
These gals are working it, and I look forward to sharing more today on Day 2!
Then to follow the dance day up, Hilary drove me down past Sedona to Clarkdale to visit a dancing friend from many years, Andrea from Blue Dragon dance. This is gorgeous country, it was an amazing day with a few threats of monsoons and thunderstorms, but the night filled us with a half moon, a fantastic supper overlooking the quiet cliffs, and lots of talk of life and dance and a friendship catch up and fabulous reconnection…I love where dance takes me on my life journey…such a treat…
Many thanks.

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