The Beginner’s Mind is a concept from Zen Buddhism called Shoshin: “having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would.” …
Your son or daughter has been begging you to let them take dance classes, but you don’t know the first thing about dance. Have no fear. These guidelines will help your child have a successful, rewarding experience learning to dance. …
I recently read Jeff Olson’s book, The Slight Edge. I was looking for information to help me improve myself, my business and my life. I found his philosophy so powerful and realized that it is applicable to any pursuit you might care about. So here, I apply it to the pursuit of Dance.
“Simple daily disciplines—little productive actions, repeated consistently over time – add up to the difference between failure and success” from The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.
There is a class at Arts in Motion Dance Studio Ann Arbor called Modern Improvisation that meets every Wed from 10-11:30. It is attended by a loyal group of students all of whom are over the age of 50. The class is taught by a pair of teachers, Nancy Fate Heers and Shirley Axon. They have been teaching this same class for the past 20 years. They are living proof of how dance can create community, effect change, inspire, keep you healthy, happy and your mind active.
You’ve taken the first step. You’ve signed up for a dance class. Now the real work begins. Being in a dance class is more than just showing up.
First, you have to have the right clothes to wear. You wouldn’t go swimming without your bathing suit or go to soccer practice without your shin guards, right? Many dance studios have a dress code (including shoes), so check and see what it is. At Arts in Motion we will measure you and order whatever you need and you’ll generally have it by your next class.