Daily Movement Prompts, Tuesday, January 31, 2017 edition: Music When You Need a Lift
Do you have any “Go To” music tracks that you play or sing or enjoy when you need to raise your mood? I used to have several songs in my youth that specifically were to pick me up. I would love to hear your standard songs.
Has music been part of your movement of choice? Or do you use it to relax? Or keep you going?
Here’s one of the earliest pick up songs of my youth: “Feeling Groovy” by Simon and Garfunkel. https://youtu.be/dt7KEBbPw4E
Daily Movement Prompts, Wednesday, January 25, 2017 edition – A Concert from UCSB Middle East Ensemble
Today I am at odds with a ton of things, and I decided to find some inspiration in music. Here is an hour and a half of music and dance from the UC Santa Barbara Middle East Ensemble. I hope you enjoy this.
How are you moving today? How do you find inspiration when things are rough?
Daily Movement Prompts, Monday, December 12, 2016 edition
“Sunday Arak (Feta. Dana Leong)” by Balkan Beat Box (on Balkan Beat)https://youtu.be/DV4fViwby7Q — is a fairly slow song for fast dance moves, at only 100 beats per minute. In contrast, yesterday’s song was more like 122 beats per minute.
You might use this 5 minute song to work on tricky moves at a slower pace. Or you might use it to build your stamina (5 minutes can feel like FOREVER sometimes). Or you could try dancing slow moves on top of a semi-fast song, to see how that feels different to you.
Non-dancers: Maybe you’ll find these songs inspiring for all sorts of movement. You could be doing stretches, walks, sprints, gardening, house-cleaning, rock-climbing, running stairs… whatever gets you excited about moving.
Or any of us could be inspired by music when we are in chosen rest and recovery — to lift our spirits, to keep us connected to other friends who are listening to the same music, or just to relax.
This morning’s prompt is a music link, a bit of inspiration. Dancers, you may enjoy rehearsing and drilling to this fast paced 4/4 time song. Non-dancers, I hope this music just inspires you to get moving today, in any way you choose — stretching, yoga, running, climbing, walking, or even just resting and recovery today.
https://youtu.be/HPZxOt7cSt4Eastenders: “Vino Lubirea Mea (!DelaDap Remix)” from Balkan Trip volume 1 — affectionately called “Vino Vino” by some of my friends.
NEW VIDEO: CaySwann Dance: Level One Slow Drill (no turns) [private, just for CaySwannDance class members]
Some days require more thoughtful and slow movement than others. On those days, I find myself embracing the Slow vocabulary.
This drill has you on your feet, but saves your ankles or knees (if they give you any trouble) by avoiding all turns. The movements focus on arms/hands [Floreo and Arm Undulations], torso [Body Wave and Torso Twist], and hips [Taxeem and Circle Step]. And for a little added elegance, wear those zills while dancing.
The song is called “Aicha” and is performed by Khaled, on his album titled “Sahra.” Enjoy.
Daily Movement Prompts, Saturday, November 12 edition:
It’s very late in the day, but even when it’s late, you can still get some movement in for the day.
Have you done a freeze-frame kind of game yet? There’s a thing going around lately called “Mannequin” where you dance, the music ends, you freeze, then someone walks around filming everyone frozen like a mannequin.
You can work on your arm strength and stamina with something similar. You could put on music and hold a pose for as long as possible, move, and reset for a held pose again. This can also be an excellent way to get to know some music better, by practicing to it regularly.
Some music you might enjoy: The song is called “Heeme” and is by Etran Finatawa.
NEW VIDEO: CaySwann Dance: Level One Fast Transitions Drill [private video, for CaySwannDance members only]
This drill is about trying to learn to think of the next move, then cue it (on purpose) on the 4 count so that the whole team starts together on 1. So you will notice that I name a move then count 2, 3, 4. Arms should move on 4 as the cue, then the body starts the new move on 1.
Of course, in real dance, you would not say the names out loud on a stage. But it is an extremely interesting game to play in rehearsal and in classes–to see if you CAN say what the next move is, and then dance it on the correct beat and phrase.
These moves are only the Level One Fast fundamental moves: Shimmy, Pivot Bump, Egyptian, and Arabic.
Music: “Golden Gate Mist” by Phil Thornton on his album “Nexus Tribal.”