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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 |2018-10-16T19:38:51-07:00January 22nd, 2018|

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 |2018-02-07T10:26:28-08:00October 18th, 2017|

Choices: Age-Appropriate Children’s Dance Produces Positive Results with DA:NCE

Hi all- Dance is a wonderful art form. Let's cheer-lead the positives in dance with 3 articles that can show how all of us can enjoy the positive benefits of children's dance: Learn about how movement helps children deal with stress: http://www.burnleyexpress.net/news/children-s-traditional-dance-performance-was-perfect-cure-for-exam-stress-1-8556239.    Then read a second article: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/patients-at-st-josephs-childrens-hospital-in-tampa-get-a-prom-of-their-very-own-300461131.html to hear about the healing components of dance from a hospital perspective. Last, enjoy another wonderful article about story-telling through dance: http://www.mi-reporter.com/life/island-youth-ballet-presents-excerpts-from-cinderella/ May I remind you that there are many terrific dance studios and many wonderful dance educators who know how to work with children and teach dance in transforming and positive ways but parents need to understand that dance studios have a variety of philosophies. So adults, reflect and make a wise choice(like you need to [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:30:50-08:00June 20th, 2017|

Movieguide Article: A Bipartisan Issue

Hi all- Good stuff going on! I told you that I would let you know when movieguide published my article re: DA:NCE. Take a peek! And yes, readers presented me with some thoughtful responses to my article. Look below to read a few of them: Jadon · My mom watches Dance Moms and Bring It and those shows and the inappropriate costumes and choreography that the girls wear and do plus the fakeness and staged unhealthy conflict makes me feel uncomfortable. This is the direction dance for young girls is going and it kinda upsets me, especially since the shows just influence people further. I remember when I was taking dance classes in 2009 when I was 12 and our practice and recital wear were [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:31:55-08:00May 20th, 2017|

Washington(and Cuba and Birmingham) Update

Hola! I’m back from a wonderful trip that I took to Washington DC concerning DA:NCE (and then on to Cuba and Birmingham Alabama-look at the pictures below where I went to see the Cuban Ballet and later observed a ballet class that my grand daughter was in). On March 20, 2017, I attended a meeting at the Capitol Building Auditorium called ‘The Freedom from Sexploitation Agenda.’ There, speakers defined the public health issue of sexual exploitation that has changed the cultural landscape. I also attended meetings with Arina Grossu Director, Center for Human Dignity of the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America with intern Chaney Mullins, Melissa Henson Program Director of Parents TV Council, President Patrick Trueman and and Executive Director Dawn Hawkins [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:33:13-08:00April 21st, 2017|

‘La La Land’ to Genesis?

‘La La Land’ is a great reason to understand why dance ministry can be successful in the church as well as the way that it has been welcomed in film." ‘La La Land’ shows that you actually  don’t have to have professional dancers with brilliant technique for a dance pairing to work. What is dancing but full body, kinetic expression exploding outward for everyone to see?”[LA Times dance critic Laura Bleiberg in an article she wrote on 1.17.17 called ‘All You Need is Dance’]. Movement speaks with power when the right tools access the organic[soul to sole] foundation of what is created. That’s why I feel awed when I see both trained and untrained dancers choreographed  to portray the Gospel. [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:33:59-08:00February 28th, 2017|

Immanuel, God with me: A Christmas & New Year’s Reflection

Matt 1:23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"-which means, "God with us." I am thankful that God has been with me this past year. He’s there, with his finger on my heart. Working on the Christmas dance at our church has renewed my hope as I look to Jesus in all kinds of circumstances. Sitting before the fireplace one evening in December, I had a moment of reflection. Immanuel came that first Christmas but most people did not see him. They were busy with dance ministry, business challenges, family dynamics, and the ever-changing political landscape. I can relate. I excel at missing the point of Christmas. But [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:35:46-08:00December 28th, 2016|

DA:NCE to Y.P.A.D. Membership

In October I wrote you about joining the DA:NCE team, a team of people who love the art of dance and who love children. This winning team spreads movement education and awareness to protect young children from hyper-sexualization in dance through a grass-roots effort. The cultural reality of the sexual objectification of our youngest citizens actually bleeds into a larger picture. We live in a pornified culture that experts label a public health issue. Last month’s blog gave internet links to materials that I released at the NCOSE(National Center on Sexual Exploitation) Conference in Houston Texas providing awareness on this important topic. If you haven’t already done so, check them out: 4 minute video: https://www.soultosolechoreography.org/dance-awareness-2/ Additional resources include an online [...]

By |2020-07-08T12:39:40-07:00November 29th, 2016|

Join the DA:NCE Team

As a little girl, I was afraid. My parents meant well but their alcohol and fighting framed my emotions. Then I began to take dance lessons. Movement class kept my heart soft and became a refuge for my mind, body and spirit. At that time, I didn’t know how to articulate the interior experiences that flowed out of me but I do now. Through dance, I began to worship God with all of me activated. And that faith embodiment became a refuge that channeled healthy choices. Let’s fast-forward 50 years. It’s the 21st century and the cultural dance environment has morphed into 2 distinct options for children: healthy versus unhealthy dance. I first began to notice distortion in dance over [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:37:21-08:00October 28th, 2016|

DA:NCE Awareness: No Child Exploited releases Trailer, Video Powerpoint & Slideshare[trigger warning versions and PG versions]

Welcome to the introduction of something special! This month I go to the NCOSE(National Conference on Sexual Exploitation) conference in Houston Texas from Sept  29 to Oct 1. It will be a special time to gather with experts from all over the country and hear about the latest cultural  developments in the identification of pornography as a public health issue. First, I want you to know that Soul to Sole Choreography and DA:NCE(Dance awareness: no child exploited) is releasing several online materials designed to educate the culture and bring awareness to protect children from unhealthy dance.  Those online options include a 4 minute trailer, a 30 minute video powerpoint (one with a trigger warning and one that is PG) along [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:38:58-08:00September 28th, 2016|
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