The Dancing Mamas Tribe!

Hello, my darlings!

I am SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED to announce the class that was 2.5 years in the making…

THE DANCING MAMAS TRIBE!!!


The Dancing Mamas Tribe is weekly time, space, and permission to show up with your little one(s) in tow and do your own dance with other mamas. No choreography. No follow-the-leader. No nursery rhymes. No experience necessary. No such thing as “a bad dancer.” Just music, space, and a totally judgement-free zone where all dance is welcome and all dancers are perfect just as they are.  Babywearing and nursing completely welcome. Diaper changes expected.

Come get your groove back with other mamas!

5-Week Introduction (Hello, World!)
Tuesdays 9-10:15am starting April 12. Drop-ins completely and utterly welcome any time!
At The Nexus Center, 5663 Cornwallis St, Unit 104, Halifax
(Across the street from Dee Dee’s, through the iron gates)

First time FREE, then $10/visit (including your little one(s))

Want to know more about what I do? Have any questions?
Visit http://www.spiritmovesdance.com/, or email meg(at)spiritmovesdance(dot)com
I’d love to hear from you, and I hope to see you on the dance floor!

Inspiration Tuesday: An embarrassment of riches!

Happy Tuesday!

Here are some of the things that are inspiring me this week. Some of the MANY things…after last week I was convinced that the Internet would offer up no more treasures. WHOOOOO BOY was I wrong!

Let’s get started!

First of all, I am falling in love with Vivienne McMaster’s amazingness.

She creates beautiful photo collages and has an e-course all about self-portraiture. If you click the photo you’ll go to her first post on the incredible website Roots of She. And here’s another kickass post on her own site: The Dangers of Self-Portraiture

Next, I am loving The Caffeinated Elf. I love the name. I love the philosophy. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE this article. LOVE. Plus, she’s totally adorable.

Speaking of adorable people, The Bloggess is quite possibly my favourite…bloggess…of all time. I read this article and actually LOLed. Really:

I’d also want him to shoot me in the face for the good of humanity. It’s not *all* vanity, people. (a post about zombies and werewolves…and photoshop)

 

This was a big week for my friend Andrea! Just after revamping her amazing website at www.abccreativity.com, she has launched www.creativedreamincubator.com, a website devoted to growing your creative dreams and bringing them to life! As you know, I’m in the first session of Andrea’s Creative Dream Incubator e-course. If you have creative dreams you want to make real, I highly recommend this site (and the course).

 

Here’s a story that I LOVE: Never Underestimate A Pregnant Woman. Seriously, if/when I’m pregnant again, can I please be this kickass? Please? With Xander, I stopped dancing after my second trimester. Oof.

Here’s an absolutely amazing post by Jen Lemen. I met Jen through The Beckoning of Lovely when Xander was just a tiny one, but this is the first time I’ve checked out her blog. I LOVE IT. I will be going back again and again. There’s so much beauty there!

And, to continue the beauty, here is Your Other Name, the latest poem by the lovely Tara Sophia Mohr. I found her site in December when I was working on my Goddess Year workbook. I loved her gentle approach to goal setting (I’ve mentioned it before, but her Goals Guide is wonderful for people who get completely stressed out by typical “goal setting” approaches). This year Tara began including her poetry on her blog, and I am so glad she did. This is my favourite so far.

 

OK. Now go and get some Kleenex. Seriously.

Got it? All right. Check out this link.

Told you you’d need Kleenex. How beautiful and brave and amazing is that woman? Wow.

 

OK…two more things. Not a lot that can top those photos. But I always like to include some dance in my Inspiration Tuesday posts. This week I have two videos to share.

Here is a video from the amazing Nederlands Dans Theatre, which is touring the US right now (you lucky bastards). This show looks completely amazing.

And, finally, a stunningly serene montage of rehearsal footage from Pacific Northwest Ballet. It gives me chills.

 

And that’s it for this week! Have a great one!

xox

Meg

“Dance involves both body and soul”

How can I explain the power of some moments of performance? Sometimes through dancing you experience the deep pleasure of simply being alive, of moving, of breathing. Dancing is so intensely physical, so ecstatic, so personal. When I dance in MacMillan’s The Song of the Earth, I’m in touch with universal truths that I would never have the courage to put into words; to the very core of my being I feel the joy of life, the sorrow of death, the desperate rage of struggling against the laws of nature, and the peace that finally comes from accepting those laws. At moments like these, dancing remains what it was in prehistory: a religious experience in the most profound sense. […]


For Michelangelo, the human body was an instrument of the soul, the noble means by which we reach towards God, and in rare performances I have felt something similar. I hesitate to speak of such things -to speak of them is almost to profane them, or to risk the chance that they will never happen again- but every now and then, in a ballet like The Song of the Earth or Swan Lake, I begin to understand the ancient belief that the true artist is possessed by some power, some spirit. I feel touched and elevated by something that far transcends the merely human; I sense that for a few moments I am the privileged instrument for higher truths […] and I feel deeply blessed to be part of an art form that somehow allows the wordless communication of matters so deep, so important. Make no mistake about it -at its highest, dance involves both body and soul. If it didn’t, I wouldn’t still be dancing.

-Karen Kain, Movement Never Lies: An Autobiography
(she signed my copy “For Meg – hang on to the joy!” …I couldn’t at the time, but I’m finding it again. And that’s what counts)