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No excuses Start dancing

NO EXCUSES

Dance is movement with delight which may bring determination or laughter. Either way you have taken a step toward a fit body and a new kind of happiness.
Excuse One

“I can’t dance.”

All humans dance whether it is jiggling or bouncing to the music, tapping a finger, or pushing a grocery cart to music. Dance is the simplest and most natural form of exercise. It is basically walking to music.

What most people mean by this is, “I am afraid of making a fool of myself.” In today’s dance classes, that is impossible because everyone is making mistakes right along side of you.

Excuse Two

“I have two left feet.”
If you can walk, you can dance, so get on your shoes and get ready for some fun.

This excuse usually comes with the “I ain’t got rhythm” excuse. Dance classes are taught in such a step by step way that even if you are uncoordinated, dance is easiest way to free up your body and get moving.

Excuse Three

“I have an injury.”

If you can walk, dance will help to free up your joints and make your body happy enough to want more. And more movement of the whole body builds capillaries that bring oxygen to those hurt places.

If you can’t walk, then you qualify for the fun of floor rolling dances, contact improvisation, aerial dancing, or “boggie in your chair” dances. Movement with delight and laughter are the best.
Excuse Four

“I learn slowly.”

Dance classes begin with a simple step that can be repeated over and over to your hearts content. Improvisational classes also offer an alternative of learning dance principles using free form movement.

Excuse Five

“I prefer sports.”

Dance training builds a different approach to improving muscle efficiency and to learning to use all the muscles in walking, running or jumping,. Dance develops a way of maneuvering the entire body in ways no other sport does. The athlete can learn new ways to go full out using each movement to reach their goal.

Excuse Six

“I do not like for people to look at me.”

Dance is the perfect place to get lost in the crowd. The solution is to get in the middle of the class or dance floor so other dancers take the lime light at the front and edges.

Excuse Seven

“I do not have a partner or a friend to go with.”

Dance classes are the perfect place to make a friend because you are learning together and having fun immediately.

Excuse Eight

“My husband/ boy friend / wife/ girl friend will not go with me.”

This is a touchy one because you want your partner to have fun once they get there. Here are some suggestions to gently nudge without making it an obligation.

“I really want to learn to dance. Will you practice with me at home even if you do not go?”
“Will you go if your buddy goes with us?”
“Can we just try one private lesson to see if you would like it?”

Excuse Nine

“My husband/son/brother/friend thinks that dancing is only for girls.”

Tests have shown that ballet dancers exert more energy by using more muscles than football players. In countries like Russia, dancing is the ultimate macho sport. And today more boys everywhere are finding the fun of dancing to music is the best way to go full out.

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Dance Principles Direct to Brain

Dance exercises are built on a structure drawn from the earliest forms of shamanic and temple healing movements, influenced by the refinements of deeply connected movements from eastern martial arts and yoga, intensified in the community dances of of ethnic groups around the world, codified by the long tradition of ballet, reformed by the thoughtful analysis of modern dance exercises, and multiplied in the miriad forms of social and performance dances.

 

Each dance exercise fires brain connections that build brain maps for coordination, ease of movement through joints, connection of the entire body to every movement, facility of hard powerful movements as well as easy going subtle movements, connection to deep inner muscles as well as large outer muscle groups, rhythm connecting the entire body to the gross and subtle rhythms of the heart, breathing, and other fluid flows, and the emotional connections to being fully engaged in planning, reflective thought, sorting and discarding old thought patterns, and full out commitment..

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Tim's Over 65 Daily Maintenance

I use the principles of dance in repeated sequences throughout the day and especially use them when I am walking.  I  concentrate on the benefits of circular movement, crossing the mid-line of the body, and applying my learning about posture and movement from Pilates and Zhealth.

Here is a sampling of what I do in short time spots throughout the day, especially when I wake in the morning, before I go to bed, or when I awake and can not go back to sleep.

Move my feet and toes in every direction and rotation.

Slow rise and fall bending knees and gently moving arms up and down.

Crossing the mid-line with my palms facing and rotating head, shoulders, upper torso, hips, arms, knees, ankles and feet.

Rotate some body areas one direction and at the same time other body areas in the opposite direction.

Articulate every joint while crossing the mid-line using fingers, toes, wrists, and elbows, as well as the other body areas.

Stretch whenever possible and especially pay attention to stressed areas that need a little loosening.

Simulate walking and running, alternating movement with shoulders and hips.  I explore slow and fast tempos, easy going and powerful dynamics, rhythmic stops and glides to elongate the movements using different breathing patterns.

While simulating walking and running, I spring upwards with my head leading first and engage the inner muscles of my torso first before engaging knees, ankles, and feet.

I play with rhythms and dynamics as I move imagining that I am creating music.

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Thank You Dancer poem

THANK YOU TO THE DANCER

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Thank you dancer.

Thank you for your courage.

Thank you for taking your ground.

Thank you for moving the song that only you can.

No one else can take this step you take now, large or small, unseen or bodacious.

Thank you to the tiniest girl whirling delight into our adult lives.

Thank you bursting boy taking rhythm to the speed of light.

Thank you fragile woman trampling bitter, brittle fears to become a beam of light.

And man of men, you deserve the Knight of Honor for peeling back the creases of your mind to ride out like a race horse facing a powerful head wind.

And I must say a thank you to myself for staying on the dance floor, for exploring the “yes’s” and the “no’s” even when my body said, “We ain’t going there.”

And I say thank you to the life and breath of dance always bringing a new sparkle to our brains and a ripple of delight through our bodies.

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