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It has been a while since my last post – not for lack of experiences worth sharing, but I’ve been so “in it” that pulling out for a moment to reflect only now feels right.

“This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ~ Alan Watts

My work in the studio with the level 3 dance majors at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance presents challenges, revelation and revolution each session. I am learning so much from them. I notice I need to take more time to communicate, slow down and speak clearly – this forces me to constantly check in with the intention behind each directive. Language – Hebrew vs. English is a hurdle and the ideas I crave to share with them are big.

This week (thanks to Megan Wright and Tere O’Connor) I shared the following quote with my level 3s at the beginning of class:

“The intense complexity of living on earth right now finds a good friend in dance. Spending some time with an information system that does not hope to deliver messages but rather acts as a container for multiple individual responses might prove to be an antidote to the polarizing dogma that holds our world in its grip.” ~ Tere O’Connor

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This quote feels timely – there have been stabbings, suicide car assaults, etc. in Israel the past couple of weeks and though I feel completely in this Israel environment, I feel also the reverberations of turmoil in the States.

So in my classes I oscillate between the micro (focusing on technique, standing on one leg, good alignment, comprehension of movement vocabulary) and the macro (seeing each other, acknowledging our solidarity within our studio endeavors, diving into intention, sensation, and how it applies beyond our studio work).

As you might guess my skills in empathy, sensitivity, anticipation, flexibility, and adaptation are constantly developing and I am grateful.

Side Note: I’ve moved to Tel Aviv, VERY close to the beach. Having grown up on an Island, water is the most peaceful, centering environment.

“If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day.”   ~ Leonard Cohen

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