Friday, What I’ Loving… and the start of Tribal Con…

Friday What I’m Loving …

Friday morning in Atlanta and I’m getting ready to go get some morning coffee…Jeff and I flew in yesterday to teach and perform at TribalCon, a large tribal dance oriented festival, this year themed The Mama and the Papas of Tribal! Yes, I am one of those, and Jeff too, being one of the originators of our now multi-fused community and improvisational oriented dance… we are here along with Carolena Nericcio and her dance partner Meghan, Mardi Love, Jeremiah Soto, and the Hammer sisters and our hostess Onca! Along with several other great dancers  and musicians for a good long weekend of jammin’ and schmoozin’. Today I teach a Writing for Dancers class and we will be working on writing a manifesto. Tomorrow is a good few hours of technique and drilling and Sunday a class I call Tribal Orbits! With shows and jammin’ every night…

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And last night we had a lovely and funny 2 hour discussion group with us Mommas and Pappas about some history of how we started and how our incredible subculture has spread. That was enjoyable and probably could have gone on for hours. But rehearsals were meant to take place…

So I’m loving being here…

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A few goodies to share today. The first one is an inspired comment from a former student of mine who danced in my student troupes for years. She was one of my older dancers, and I loved having her to show the power and beauty of our age in the dance. After my blog last week on Getting Older..http://globalcaravandance.com/on-getting-older/

she wrote to me this comment below, and has allowed me to share it with you!

Bonnie Leiser writes to me:

I just had the time to read your thoughts on aging and dance.  You asked when the crone years begin. Well, you are about to get there; it is during the year of becoming age 57.  That was the age at which I had my Croning Ceremony and “married” myself as a Crone, a wise woman.  Ever since then I have worn both my wedding ring and my Crone ring every day of my life, to remember to hold myself dear, to be true to myself, to honor the process of becoming, of aging.  

 Life is so precious and it becomes ever more so as the years we have remaining to us grow fewer.  We cannot waste time on trying to be something we are not.  We must focus our energies on becoming who we are.

 I am still dancing.  I do a lot of Zumba just for the pure joy and sweat of it.  I study Flamenco for the passion and profound mental challenge of it.  I perform on occasion, because I love it and it’s in my DNA from generations of ancestors.  However, now when I perform it is from my very soul.  I dance whatever the music sings to my heart.  It is purely improvisational and the style is mine alone.  It is my gift to whomever may wish to watch.  I hope, at age 66, to give a small glimpse of inspiration to those who watch.  

We must keep moving.  Where there is pain or discomfort, where there are limitations; we must keep moving.  It is our purpose to honor the vessel of our bodies for as long as we can.  When we stop moving, it is done.  Martha Graham once said that dancers are God’s athletes.  It is so true.  May we dance the joy of life every day we can; may the joy of life dance us.  

Thanks Bonnie, for sharing…

*and what inspired that article for me was a blog from Susannah Conway, who has released an E-book with several article from amazing women on this subject, and you can go hereThe (Delicious) Truth About Getting Older, and get it for free!

*if this doesn’t melt your heart!

**Stress!  Make it your friend..

**and more about stress…

Enjoy your weekend…I’ll keep you posted on the festival happenings too…

thanks for being here…

And don’t forget to sign up for The Tribal Quest Experience, starting March 16th! My six week E-course will have you feeling great with some dancing, yoga, meditation, journaling, toning up that bod, and much more…. here

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xoxoxo

paulette

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