Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Release energy wisely

The July 4th Jam at Earthdance is a pretty amazing experience. Put simply, there are two dance studios and approximately 100 people. If you want to dance, the odds are pretty good that there is someone willing to move with you any time, day or night. Contact improv can be a pretty athletic dance style that consumes significant energy. It can also be quiet and meditative, more like a mobile massage than a feat of kinetic energy. Yet, being in motion, ebbing and flowing, for 12 or 14 hours a day for 5 days is pretty significant. Sooner or later, you need a rest! This is a contact improv dancer recharging her batteries:

Potential Energy

Marathon dancing:
Release energy wisely -
It is not a sprint!

Contemplative Moment

The guiding principle at this jam was self-care. If you are not sufficiently rested, hydrated, relaxed, and present, the experience can become less pleasant. You are less able to connect with others or be attentive to their needs and desires. By taking care of yourself, you are more able to give and support and savor.

Here is a look at the main dance space, a round yurt-like structure with a beautiful floor.
Umbrella Studio

Ceiling in the Umbrella Studio

Beautiful environment housing beautiful spirits begets beautiful experiences. Considering all my significant life experience, I have found nothing that compares to a 5-day jam at Earthdance. This is my fourth, and it will not be my last

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