Dancing with Presence
Dance opens us to a loving alignment with all creation. We move in response to the ever shifting, ever spinning motion of the cosmos. Our being resonates in consort with the divine Presence that brings life and form to all. And as we move we enliven and co-create with all that is in our energetic sphere. We never act in isolation and we are never alone.
Join Aydan Dunnigan-Vickruck in this exploration of myth-making as we seek ecstatic connections between movement and music, flesh and spirit, dance and relationships.
The thrumming begins.
Music saturates the spheres -
to the key of B minor, so physicists say -
the invitation to dance emanating from deep within Creation's womb.
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Consider a dance where listening and spontaneity are valued over anticipating, fluidity over rigidity, attunement rather than judgement, responsiveness rather than expectations. We move together into mystery and possibility, each embracing the generosity of shared axis and lead and interpretatingthe music, losing awareness of where you end and your partner begins.
I never cease to be amazed how, when my partner and I are attuned to each other, we internalize each other’s sense of timing. When I stretch a beat or skip it altogether my partner is right there with me, actually anticipating my movement even before I am consciously intending anything. This is no simple lead-and-follow routine. This is complete synchronization, synergy, communion, attunement, entanglement.
The core principle of Buddhism is to let go of attachment to outcome. Accept the present moment for what it is without judgement, expectation or agenda.
Tango is loaded with both touch and feeling. But do they always fit together in a way that is complimentary and energizing?
“Presence requires staying centered and present in one’s own self, and at the same time listening with your whole body to your partner’s motions and emotions. ThIs requires flexibility, adjustment, and adaptation, always in an environment of safety, trust, respect, honesty.”
Dancing Argentine Tango is like a moving Focusing practice. It requires staying centered and present in one’s own self, and at the same time listening with your whole body to your partner’s motions and emotions. ThIs requires flexibility, adjustment, and adaptation, always in an environment of safety, trust, respect, honesty.