29 years ago I arrived on a 5Rhythms dance floor with a background in a handful of ballet, my arms & legs full of sports & my whole body full of African & Contemporary dance. I was familiar with improvising movement but not in connection with my emotions. It was the rhythm of Chaos that opened my heart & allowed me to release the shackles of the emotional straight jacket I was living in.
Looking back, I see that I was engaged in an important struggle. My autonomy was vital – the space to be as I am, self-directed and free to express and dance in my own way. Belonging was vital – needing the nourishment of a tribe – and wanting to explore what happens when we are who we are together. Surrendering to the dynamic flow between these needs was my struggle.
“To the beat of the drum we travel on
Courageous we sail into the storm
Singing our song and feeling strong
On a voyage to where we all belong”
~Morcheeba – Beat of the Drum
I have always felt hopelessly attracted by the rhythm. I bought myself a pair of drumsticks when I was 6 – it was my first owned part from an entire drum set.
Then I got distracted following 1000 other threads: studies, ballet classes and a huge list of projects and ’to do things‘.
Talking Sticks is a 10-minute moving meditation through the body parts, guided by Jonathan Horan, to the percussion of Talking Sticks from the album Tribe. You can stream it free …
Feeling the energies of Spring emerging in my dance pretty strongly as I listen to Babatunde Olatunji ~ Scott Houston