drips . . .

drips . . .

Paper prompt #3 is drips, which I got from Daisy Yellow Daily Paper Prompts. Check it out and join us if you like! The prompts can be done on any size paper. I choose to work in my positive affirmation art journal that I started last year. The idea behind the prompts is to do something creative with it, whenever you can and at your own pace . . .

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Nia Training

Nia is a cardiovascular sensory based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness. Nia empowers people of all ages by connecting the body, mind and spirit to increase flexibility, agility, mobility, stability and strength. 


This week I am participating in the Nia White Belt Intensive Training!


My classmates, Pam, Dawn & Irene:


 My trainers, Charlotte & Gail:


The Nia Retreat Center on Anna maria island, FL:


There are more trainings scheduled for February, April & October 2013! Go to NiaNow.com for the details or to find one near you! We are learning the 13 principles of Nia and dancing everyday. Long days, but much learned. I have not done this much creative movement in a long time! I must go to bed now and recover . . . there are 2 more full days and one half day, with graduation on Friday :  )



Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion. 
   ~ Martha Graham 


creativity and Nia

Yesterday after Nia class, I was interviewed by international faculty member and trainer Gail Condrick. Gail has already edited this video interview and done a super job - see below. She's putting together a number of videos about the Nia White Belt Training coming up in October and February on beautiful Anna Maria Island in Florida. Gail will be team-training with her friend and Nia instructor/trainer Charlotte Jorgensen, October 13-19, 2012. I will be immersing into this October training! Below are the video clips Gail took of me telling a bit about why I have registered for this training. The video was taken inside Island Yoga Space where we have Nia Classes - I love the prayer flags behind me! I have embedded the video in this blog post, but if for any reason you can't see it please use this direct YouTube Link. To learn more about the White Belt Training and Nia - click here.

Video below: Behind the Scenes Planning a Nia White Belt Intensive with Gail Condrick!



From the Nia Website:

What is Nia?
Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries. Trainings are designed for those seeking personal enrichment and professional development. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.

Additional videos: How close is the beach? Gail shows where you can take some time off during the training!

Gail's interview with Irene Schmoller, another White Belt Trainee -and why she is doing the training.

More videos here on Gail's YouTube Channel!

colour study : music & dance

This post I wrote has received 5,012 hits!! 

From the video by OK Go: Skyscrapers 

The video below features the song Skyscrapers by OK Goone of my favorite musical bands. It came out about 3 months ago - I immediately fell in love with it and watched it repeatedly. Recently I saw a link to this video again, reminding me of how wonderful it is . . . and here I am once again -- hooked! I think it's a combination of the song, the colours, and the sensuous dancing which draws me in every time and makes me want to share it here with you. The direct link is here in case you can't see the video below.



Earlier today, I sent a link to this video to my dear friend Frieda. Perhaps she had not been able to watch it before? She only recently got broadband where she lives in rural Scotland. I thought she'd enjoy because of the waves of colour that run through this video, considering all the colour themed ATCs we have shared! The colours as they change while they dance are inspirational in and of themselves. She wrote and told me she enjoyed it hugely!

The woman dancing so beautifully in the video is Trish Sie and her dance partner is Moti Buchboot. Trish is also the producer and the director of this video. Her brother is Damian Kulash, who is OK Go’s lead singer. It is his voice we hear on the video. Trish has choreographed five videos for OK Go, and probably the most well known one is their Treadmill video. That's how I was introduced to this band, by my sons! I love OK Go's videos for more than just the sounds I hear and the visuals I see . . . I love them for their sheer creativity. How they got there. Trish Sie gave an interesting talk on Ted Talks about creativity - which you may enjoy watching. There is also a fabulous article to read in the New York Times (July 13, 2012) about how the Skyscrapers video inspired the dance company Pilobolus to choreograph a piece based on it. Wow!

From the New York Times article, Pilobolus' Executive Director Mr. Kubovy said: he was immediately struck by how “the formal treatment of the colors had so much story in it,” he said. “It was mysterious: What was evocative about it? Was it one couple in a million different situations, or over the course of a long time, or different people in different situations? Without even knowing, it just felt kind of emotional.”

That's how I feel when I watch it, emotional. You? please comment if you like.

Love is, above all, a gift of oneself.
~ Jean Anouilh

sorry, i do not know who this is dancing . . .
It was an image I saved some time ago.

Nia and healing

I went back to Nia class today for the first time in 5 weeks -yes, 5 weeks! Back in February I started having trouble with my right arm and shoulder. I thought I had tendinitis caused by over-stretching in a chest opener in yoga class. I kept going to Nia, but my arm seemed to be getting worse and not better, so in March I decided to rest my arm entirely and not go to class. Unfortunately, it still did not get better so I saw a sports medicine orthopedic doctor this week. It turns out I have a frozen shoulder, yuck! Doesn't that sound terrible? He gave me a cortisone shot which has already helped my movement and loosened my shoulder up. I'll start physical therapy next week. He told me that movement (within reason) would not hurt my arm -in fact, it would help it. Even though I still cannot raise my right arm over my head, I went to Nia on the beach with my friend Kathy today and it was really good for me in more ways than one. I felt very grateful and emotional standing there barefoot on the beach as the music started . . .



http://youtu.be/04L-rzzI5vI

This very short stop-motion video is made from photos I took while taking a break during class today. I am learning how to make different kinds of videos and this was fun to do. My friend kathy is an awesome teacher and has helped me to think positively about my predicament . . . .
I am healing my shoulder. xoxo  http://www.nianow.com/kathy-oravec



If at first you don't succeed, you're running above average.
  ~ M. H. Alderson



celebrating dance . . .

Today at Conscious Movement, sponsored by Dance SRQ in Sarasota, FL . . . I took some low-light photos and played with them in Photoshop. Click on any photo for a larger version.






- xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox -

It was a very large group of conscious movers today and this photo does not even show everyone who came and danced, whooped and sang! Lots of energy and lots of fun. Thank you Kathy, Mary & Debbie for facilitating, thanks to Norman & his friend for the live music. A wonderful time. I am still smiling because of it.



creative things


Tomorrow, 2/5 is Conscious Movement here in Sarasota and I am so looking forward to it. This is the closest thing I have found to the modern dance improv I did growing up and for many years after, that I love. The photo above is a Photoshop version of 2 photos I took at the last conscious movement event. I love taking just a few quiet photographs during the hour and a half and then bringing them into Photoshop and seeing how I can tweak them artistically. Tomorrow we may have visitors from St. Pete join us, so I think there will be lots of energy and spirit dancing in the room!

Today, I went to a wonderful Zentangle® class taught by certified Zentagle instructor, Mary Masi. I met Mary through Conscious Movement and Nia classes! Here are the two 3" x 5" tiles I completed in Mary's excellent class today . . .


Zentangle looks like doodling, but is really so much more. From the Zentangle® website, "Our Zentangle method is a way of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is fun and relaxing. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages." Find out more about Zentangle here on the website. I found it so relaxing. 

I also visited a new studio and Gallery called Artspace on Anna Maria Island this afternoon. My friend Cheryl who hosted my collage class earlier this week, told me about Deborah and her husband who are opening this awesome space. It is bright and beautiful, with a gorgeous view of the Anna Maria Bay.

The view!! It is above the post office, 101 Bayview Plaza, Anna Maria Island, FL

It looks so good! They are going to have their first show to coincide with the Grand Opening on March 23 and I am definitely going to make a "Spring Cleaning" piece and enter! 

Afterwards, a quick trip to the north of the island . . . 
ahhhhhh . . . i love the beach. 


happy weekend! 
lenna 


dancing gratitude

I met Debbie Moran through Nia classes, Conscious Movement and Dancing Gratitude-all fun dance and movement related classes/events I have enjoyed very much since moving to Florida. Debbie asked her friend Michael Ringalever to film Dancing Gratitude on Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota and he put this cool video together. When Debbie shared it she wrote, "Christmas Day my friends and I celebrated our version of White Christmas by Dancing Gratitude on Siesta Key Beach."  ; ^ ) I could not attend Christmas day, but some of you may remember me participating on Thanksgiving day. Large silk scarves are used and people passing by are encouraged to join in and and dance their gratitude with us. I love this video; it is so full of joy!



The direct link is here if you cannot see the video.

From the Dancing Gratitude page, "This dance of gratitude begins wherever you are in the moment and has the capacity to bring a sense of inner peace and calmness back into play, combining movement, fun and gratitude to help release the stresses of the world and raise our vibrations, enabling us to create our own "healthier" version of reality ... one of both inner and world peace."

Love this! I hope you enjoy. Here are some photos from November's gratitude dancing . . .

wheeeee! 

my favorite photo of the day with Debbie on the left
and Mary on the right.


In gratitude, lenna

every single moment you are . . . .





. . . . writing the story of your life.

I just realized, watching this animoto video I made, that it was actually about healing. The art you see, the Nia/dance, the beach, the sun, water and shells, taking these photographs, my dogs and my family, especially my husband, have been my way to heal after the loss of my father. I am so grateful for all I have and I hope you enjoy the sand and sea.






*I suggest watching this in full screen by clicking in the bottom right corner!
If you cannot see the video here, use this link.

p.s. this is the first time I have ever tried using video clips and I think it worked well!
To view more of my videos, visit my YouTube channel.

: ) lenna

*flashmob*dance*fun*holidays*

I am not doing much for the holidays this year except hanging with my family, but I must say this video Terrie Lightfoot shared on Facebook was oh, so much fun and had me singing along. I hope you enjoy. if you don't see the video below, click here to view.



happy holidays - dance, sing & have fun with the ones you love.
xo lenna

photo collage and dance

On Sunday morning I attended a conscious movement event in Sarasota, FL hosted by Dance SRQ/Conscious Movement Sarasota. While there, I took just a few photos of this hour and a half free-form movement class without flash, not wanting to disturb the environment. Later at home, I brought the photos into Photoshop and layered two or more of them together to create more depth. I played with the filters and opacity of the layers until I came up with a number photo collages I liked.

The collage above was created by tweaking the 2 photos below after they were layered together.
Click on each photo for a larger view.



Here are some more I created with those photos...
I like the shadows created in the top section, below. They come from yet another photo.



The photo below was added to create the collage above

more variations . . . yes, I am obsessive!

My favorite I think . . . click on it for a larger view.

The dancing was . . . . "authentic" in the words of my Nia dance teacher Kathy, and I would agree. It is wonderful for me to combine my love of dance and movement with my new love of photography and being creative with it. I just wanted to share this! Have a creative and happy day. : ^ ) lenna