M.I.N.D.ful Monday Musings #023
Current State Of Mind
Here we after another week! I’ve been posting almost daily on FB driving driving traffic to different things I’m doing online from my musicality course for dancers, dance event website, a training journal for dancers, my festival, and more… I’ve been feeling in flow to increase the amount of my postings to keep people in the loop of what I’m up to, including this newsletter so I appreciate you for subscribing!
An upcoming blog I’m creating is going to be on communication lines in dance classes. Basically you have 4 main entities in a dance class: 1) lead instructor 2) follower instructor 3) leader students 4) follower students. Now across the three timeframes of before the class, during the class, and after the class, it’s very interesting to see what kinds are communication are happening between each of the entities. I will draw some diagrams by next week so it makes more sense.
Anyone else feeling like so many dance events are happening now and it’s hard to keep track of them all? This was one of my main inspirations of building WCWD, where anyone can add an event for free to add it to the global calendar!
Enjoy the rest of the newsletter!
Song I'm Currently Jamming To
I recently saw a Bollywood movie called Jawan and this song was part of the soundtrack and actually has a very kizzable beat!
I’m not sure if I ever shared my breakdown of the 12 basic hook steps. It’s definitely a subject I love nerding out about and I like give a visual reference on the different possibilities from a basic perspective!
I also went live on FB to breakdown some musicality concepts on a whiteboard, check it out if you're interested, there were some technical difficulties but I feel there's definitely still value.
Photo of the Week
This is a screenshot from my musicality song mapping worksheet after drawing out what I hearing from one my musical loops. This one in particular was a 16 count phrase from Looku Looku. You can see more my musical loops here. You can check out some of blogs on musicality as well to continue deep diving in this topic more.
Cool Video I'm Watching
If you watched the video by Jordan Peterson in my last newsletter, he mentions Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development. It makes a lot of sense whether you are an instructor or student.
10/26-30: Bailame Dance Festival - Minneapolis, MN
11/3-5: Neokiz Weekender New York - Warwick, NY
11/20: Neokiz Intensives - Atlanta, GA
12/1-4: Attending Elevation Zouk Festival - Denver, CO
05/3-6: Neokiz Weekender in Edmonton - Edmonton, AB, Canada
05/17-20: Kizowna 2024 - Kelowna, BC, Canada
07/20-24: 8th Annual Neo Kizomba Festival - Austin, TX
Question Of the Week
What items are must haves for you at dance events to thrive?
Here are some of mine.
Answer of the Week
I was having a recent conversation with friend who had a question around balancing wanting to explore new cities to dance in and also continue to invest to grow their local dance as they've doing since before the pandemic.
I gave the cliche advice of you can't pour from an empty cup and it's important to build a team so that everything doesn't rely on them if they were to have an extended trip.
In addition to this, I feel every local organizer was/is a dancer who wants to dance and it can be tough pouring a lot into growing your local scene, and it’s important to find out what it is that refuels/recharges your dance cup and make you plan and schedule time to do that thing as often as you are able to balance out the investing into the local scene.
You can view past newsletters here.
Dope Dance Resources
- A cool project to create a global directory of dance events.
- Find out how you can thrive at your next dance event with the Ultimate Dance Event Survival Kit.
- Find out how you can organize your dance journey with the Dancer’s Training Journal 1.0.
- Level up your kiz online with Mr. Neokiz!
- Learn more about the Ultimate Musicality Course For Dancers to level up your musicality!
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