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How to Pick a Healthy Dance Studio

Once a year most studios plan a dance recital to celebrate a year of student maturity, growth, and technique in their dance classes. It’s a lot of fun when children present the joy of what they have learned coupled with wonderful music, artistic costumes and age-appropriate choreography!  Woo-hoo! I just got back from Alabama where I enjoyed the dances that my 2 grandchildren participated in. I’m bustin’ with pride. Yes, it’s recital time and because I get lots of questions about end-of-the-year presentations, I thought that I’d share some pointers on what to look for in a healthy, age-appropriate studio versus what to observe about a studio that is unhealthy. When I use the word unhealthy, let me clarify. I [...]

By |2018-10-08T12:53:34+00:00June 1st, 2018|

The New Trend in Children’s Dance

The art of dance Have you bought flowers for that ‘special dancer’? Each year I enjoy the dance recital of my two granddaughters at the Dance Foundation. At their most recent recital, their dances were titled ‘Whispering Wind’ (ballet), ‘Enchanted Rain’ (ballet), and ‘Trumpets and Horns’ (tap). It was a wonderful time to celebrate how the positive aspects of dance have affected them. Research shows that dance classes develop advanced skills in creativity, problem solving,  communication, risk taking, high ordered thinking, and social awareness. A young Mary Bawden Then nostalgia. I’m taken back to personal memories about MY June dance recitals. One year I was a ‘4th of July’ dancer; the next year I was a ‘Nightingale’ [...]

By |2018-10-08T12:55:00+00:00May 1st, 2018|

Cultural Awareness in Children’s Dance: A Need for Reflection

Wow. What a wonderful conference was put on by The National Center on Sexual Exploitation(NCOSE) in Washington DC from April 4-8! My husband Richard attended the Summit with me along with Elizabeth Knight who posts social media entries on behalf of DA:NCE and Soul to Sole Choreography. It was the first time that we met face to face😊 Elizabeth is the owner/founder of Aplomb PR in Wisconsin and I highly recommend her services. It was a joy to share time with Elizabeth and Richard, have their support, and then be present to hear the many speakers at this incredible event! Before I share about DA:NCE and my speaking at the conference, can I challenge you with some personal reflections? In [...]

By |2018-10-08T12:59:33+00:00April 16th, 2018|

Spiderman and IT Transformation

     I really enjoyed attending the State CAHPERD Conference in Oakland. I flew up there on Thursday February 22 with my husband (he came as my helper; thanks Rich); of course, I had a passion for the subject matter I spoke on: Children's Dance: Educational or Sexualized (the topic on my website from DA:NCE-dance awareness: no child exploited). And of course,  I like to learn, and I like to meet people. But there were two added extras: I got to see the Olympic women’s long ice-skating program (I wouldn’t miss it) on TV Thursday evening, and Rich and I were able to meet for dinner (after the conference was over)on Saturday evening with my sister-in-law Sally. BTW, Sally has [...]

By |2018-10-16T19:35:51+00:00March 16th, 2018|

CDEA 2018 Statewide Conference in Santa Clara: Moving Bodies/Changing Minds

I left Redlands on Friday January 22 for the California Dance Educator's Association Conference(CDEA) feeling a bit apprehensive. On the other hand, I was rested and healthy. Moreover, the main thing was the main thing. Right? I was prepared to speak on ‘Children’s Dance: Educational or Sexualized’ and I had my hand-outs ready. So what was the problembow? For one, I wasn’t sure if my laptop would align with conference equipment.  In my world, there always seems to be an IT glitch. And if you know me, you’re aware that I am not a computer whiz(BTW, that is an understatement). Do you ‘get me?’ So I went early to check things out. That was Friday afternoon. Of course, I found [...]

By |2018-10-16T19:37:20+00:00February 14th, 2018|

Be F.I.T. and dance into the New Year! Hola from Central and South America!

Hola- Surprised to see the picture of me above in my new Panama hat? It’s hand-woven and very inexpensive. But what does that have to do with dance? Actually, it doesn’t have a thing to do with dance. It has to do with a trip I just took.  My husband and I celebrated 44 years of marriage with an anniversary cruise from Miami to Lima Peru. The trip began on our actual anniversary: December 29. It was wonderful! Of course, no matter where I am or what I do, I like to explore the joy of dance in my surroundings. Now you get the connection. The pictures below share a few instances of what I saw. In Central and South [...]

By |2018-10-16T19:38:51+00:00January 22nd, 2018|

Listening for Christmas Songs or Noise Pollution?

“Joy to the world The Lord has come Let earth receive her King Let every heart prepare Him room And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and heaven and nature sing……” This Christmas season I am sitting at the computer enjoying quiet music from my Pandora program on Tivo. Traditional Christmas Carols resonate as pianist Jim Brickman plays the notes that instill peace, hope and joy. I know the words to the songs even though I don’t sing them. I love Christmas and I especially love Christmas carols that share the story of Jesus and the miracle of the incarnation. As the music seeps into my heart, suddenly loud noises break into the songs I [...]

By |2018-10-16T19:39:53+00:00December 16th, 2017|

It’s Time to Speak Out about Sexual Abuse

It’s Time. Should we Be Concerned that Culture Creators Are Engaging in Sexual Abuse?"  The latest headlines have been disturbing. It’s a nauseating trend that needs to be exposed. I’m glad that we’re finally talking about the sexual abuse that goes on in Hollywood(and elsewhere). It’s time to stop the silence. Patrick Trueman President and CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation(NCOSE) said this:  ”The news drip day after day of powerful men in society who have sexually exploited vulnerable females is turning into a flood.  I have a feeling that things are soon to explode here in Washington as rumors circulate about top politicians about to be outed.  Nor have we heard the last from Hollywood.  One prominent [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:25:10+00:00November 18th, 2017|

A Premise for Catching my Breath

Every time I see people ‘dance/move’ in appropriate, God-honoring ways, it catches my breath because it’s worship. Of course, underlying that opinion is a premise I have. Everybody is a dancer because everybody moves in lifestyle choreography. That doesn’t discount the value of trained, technical dancers. It just means that the dance family is larger than any of us expect it to be. It’s rare to see the culture evaluate that premise but I’d like to encourage you to do just that. Even if you didn’t attend the worship workshop on scripture choreography a few weeks ago and create within that context, think about what kind of lifestyle dances you choreograph. Is your morning movement crafted with anger or peace? [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:26:28+00:00October 18th, 2017|

Welcome to Scripture Choreography!

One of the easiest and most effective ways to combine movement & dance ministry with trained and untrained dancers is scripture choreography; it high-lights favorite scripture verses and then uses them as the foundation for choreography accompanied by words. Not only do we hear specific verses as they are read, but we SEE them come to life; this movement expression often captivates the hearts of onlookers (as well as the participants themselves). The technique is a win for embodied faith. How does this happen? For many years, I have used a focused scripture verse to either end or begin dance rehearsal with the group that I am leading; that’s what makes it so specific and so special. It’s always a [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:27:54+00:00September 15th, 2017|