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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


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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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Dancers go to the meat

The dancer faces straight on self-evaluation of their proficiency and also their ability to live out deep emotions.  They must face up to their vulnerable and soft sides as well as their determination and powerful nature.  It is from this ability to self evaluate that comes the courage and commitment to reach excellence.