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Music, Rhythm and Mindfulness

Music and Rhythm is the title of our upcoming workshop happening on Saturday, February 27. It is part of the Mindfulness series but I realized I should have actually included mindfulness in the title. 

Being mindful

Mindfulness; because it is an invitation to explore and tune into the rhythm that is moving our bodies everyday, when we opening and closing eyes, when we are breathing, when our heart is beating, when we are walking and when we are still. But it is also because it is an invitation to acknowledge our bonds with the world. And by bonds I mean:

  1. relating to, responding to and sharing music in a respectful way
  2. attempting to feel the layers, textures, colours, tastes of each music composition
  3. accepting that we won’t most likely be able to capture all the brilliance that goes in a song but
  4. doing the best we can to hear to it, to feel it and open our minds and hearts more and more to it
  5. despite of our preferences; let’s try not to ignore the important elements in the music. For example violins in Fresedo are very prominent we can’t ignore them all the time
  6. showing parts of ourselves when we dance. Allow some vulnerability instead of going into the song with a “technical”, “how-to” approach
  7. acknowledging that our partner might still be trying to tune into their rhythm and offer them support instead of “pointing out” (dance wise) their mistakes 
  8. accept that people listen differently. That might mean that specific partners are not really a good fit for you and vice versa

I was hoping to get to 10, but this is all I got so far… maybe you can share some more with me!

Music and Rhythm is part of being human

We move before we speak! We explore the world through movement and rhythm… Think of a baby bobbing their head, or moving their arms and legs excitedly or how their whole body is involved when they are crying or laughing.

There is rhythm in our breathing, in our pulse, in the movement of different fluids in our bodies. Some would go as far to say that we are movement and rhythm! It could be true, if you think of how we are conceived and how we come to this world

However, as adults, sometimes, we experience difficulty connecting to those rhythms or identifying the rhythm of our movement; which of course then makes it more difficult connecting to an external rhythm such as music.

So what do you say, we try to it rediscover all that, rebuild those connections, together next Saturday February 27 at this Music and Rhythm Workshop.

  1. Hosted online through Facebook and Zoom- links will be shared 2hrs prior to the event
  2. A Pay from the Heart, so there is no set ticket fee, we are welcoming though donations: https://paypal.me/Bautanz?locale.x=en_US
  3. With a recording made available after the class to those interested.

Hope to see you then,

Chrisa

Not another success story–Stop reading and start doing

If you do a quick search around the internet, you can find all these success stories, of how people despite the difficulties they made it, they believed in their dreams, they dared to dream big, they sacrificed themselves but it paid off…
KILL ME NOW PLEASE!
This is not a success story
I don’t have a success story for you, as I see my story under the light of, work-in-progress, instead of reaching success.
I bought into those stories though. When I was starting, I wanted to make one of those stories. As I was trying though, I realized it is all BS–pardon my french…but that is what it really is.
Quickly , I realized that:
Yes you have a passion and you have to make tough decisions, make sacrifices and dedicate time to make it a reality. But why on earth to you believe that this is anything special that ONLY very few enlightened people do?
I know my mom made great sacrifices so I can have a good life while being great at her job. I bet yours did too, and your neighbors mom as well, and the lady in the grocery store working 18hours a day does too.
So hard work, dedication and sacrifices is what is a life’s requirement, not what you do when chasing your “dream”
So it is not one of those stories but it is a story about consistency. About gaining experience from everything that you do, about asking and working for more. Plus about making a point of “STARTING NOW”.
I thought I was approaching success, but I was still in the beginning
Take a look at this oldie… This video of little shy Chrisa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-P…
You don’t even have to watch the video, just look at the title… I don’t even have my name there…haha
Let alone my movement, so petite, so fragile, so….Blaaaah…or even worse for a dancer…so CUTE!
The truth is I was shy, I still am actually.
But I am guessing that I was always looking for alternative ways to connect and that is why I was always into dance from a very young age.
And you know a shy child is cute, a shy adult is ridiculous… haha And not because others think so but because I actually felt ridiculous when though I wanted to go out dancing and I ended up staying home because none of my friends could make it out and I wouldn’t dare going out my own.
So even though I should have started earlier with defeating shyness, I started at some point… better late than never…and I took acting lessons!
ALL or NOTHING…hahaha
And being on stage was super fun. Sharing stories was exciting. Improvising with people was like dancing with words.
Singing though, was HELL!
Because I was so shy to sing I couldn’t even HUM.
I am not joking.
I would sit by the piano, sweating and feeling dizzy–panic attack most likely–and every time I would open my mouth to sing no sound came out.
So after getting on my knees and hiding behind the chair, the piano teacher suggest that I hum…
Nope! I couldn’t hum either! Actually by that time I just wanted to die! hahaha
And now that same person, who couldn’t even hum in front of people, is making videos and going uncensored on facebook live. If you had told me, when I was doing that video at the top there, that I would be on youtube and facebook doing videos, I would have laughed in your face!
So why this rant..?
Because to be the dancer of your dreams, there are only 2 things YOU need to do…
  1. Believe that you CAN. If I can do live videos you can dance the way you dream like dancing. Give yourselves the time and the opportunity because you deserve it
  2. Get started! Don’t leave it for later, like I did… I was a shy kid and I managed to hide that in dance, don’t make the same mistake. There is no better time than NOW. START NOW! Choose any of these exercises under the Tango technique tab: https://bautanz.com/argentine-tango… And START NOW. START SMALL and SCALE

 

Enjoy the benefits on and off the dance floor

Chrisa