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Songs for the Siren featuring Get Me Bodied to Conjure Healing for Deborah Cohan

November 16, 2013
Songs for the Siren featuring Get Me Bodied to Conjure Healing for Deborah Cohan

Dance heals and transforms. Nature does too. When you put the two together magic happens. Everytime. On Saturday November 9, 2013 I hosted a spontaneous Get Embodied Sisterhood Dance Party to conjure healing energy for Doborah Cohan, the woman who had a dance party in the operating room before her double mastectomy. I felt an instant kinship with Deborah when I read her story. My fantasy is for you to play the song (found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RioOJ7dZxuw) and dance wherever you happen to be… It would be extra remarkable if you could send me a photo (or, better yet, a short video segment) of you dancing. I have visions of a healing video montage. Nothing brings me greater joy than catalyzing others to dance, move, be in their bodies. Are you with me people? Absolutely! As a San Francisco spirit sister I couldn’t resist dancing in nature to contribute to Deborah’s wished for video montage. Almost Chickened Out Despite the fact that I’ve danced at Baker or Ocean beach each week since January when the studio I danced at for 7 years closed, I almost chickened out. When I arrived an hour after sunrise instead of the expected near empty beach,

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Dancing in the Clouds

November 7, 2013
Dancing in the Clouds

Dance Party? “Is there gonna be a dance party later?” Victoria, the United flight attendant asked after taking my drink order. “What?” How does she know I love to dance? And am dying to right now? “Well, if anyone’s going to lead us, I figure it’ll be you.” I realized she was referring to the stretch and shake break I’d just squeezed in between the snack and drink carts. Trapped While Victoria was serving drinks in the front of the plane I was getting fidgety in my seat, silently pleading with the captain to release us from captivity. We’d barely made a dent in the six hour flight and I already felt stiff and sore. The ding signaling the seat belt light had been turned off came just as the snack cart blocked my row. I watched, trapped, as passenger after passenger bought snacks in the rows ahead of me. As soon as it moved past my row I popped up to stretch. I didn’t have the luxury of time with the drink cart only a few rows away so I wiggled and shook the kinks out. I’d moved out of desperation not dance, but I understood how it must’ve looked.

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Songs for the Siren inspired by The Sapphires (aka Country vs Soul for Pole)

August 26, 2013
Songs for the Siren inspired by The Sapphires (aka Country vs Soul for Pole)

A Blast of Joy The “Blast of Joy” blurb by Peter Travers, Rolling Stone on the DVD cover convinced me to give the movie The Sapphires a try, despite the tie in to the Vietnam War. Months ago, the similar “A blast of sheer improbable joy” by A.O. Scott, The New York Times on the Beasts of the Southern Wild box suckered me in. And made me ignore my own ’20 minute rule’ for movies I’m not enjoying. If I could go back in time, I’d tell myself to skip Beasts because there wasn’t a single second of joy. This time, the description understated the movie magic. It’s a gem from Australia I plan to add to my home collection. One tagline makes a bold, inspirational declaration:  Follow your heart. Discover your soul. The movie makes good on this promise. The other tagline captures my favorite quote in the movie:  It’s what’s in the groove that counts. I’ll Take You There Scene in The Sapphires Dave Lovelace and the four girls are in a basement rehearsing before they audition to sing for the troops in Vietnam. Gail, Cynthia, Julie and Kay sing a sweet, country version of I Heard it

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Songs for the Siren featuring SYTYCD (aka Why Pole Dancers Love SYTYCD)

August 19, 2013
Songs for the Siren featuring SYTYCD (aka Why Pole Dancers Love SYTYCD)

Smitten with SYTYCD I discovered SYTYCD in season 5. I was smitten with the show when Kayla & Kupono danced addiction, choreographed by Mia Michaels to Sara Bareilles’ Gravity. A few months earlier, while striving to give up sugar, I had a cathartic dance to the same song in pole dance class. The moment (@1:43 in this video) where Kupono rubs his cheek down Kayla’s belly & up her leg captures the lure. But then he becomes oppressive, covering her mouth; Kayla tosses him away. He holds her left hip; she pulls him off. He wraps his arm around her right hip; she tosses him off. He sucks her in with both arms around her; she struggles and escapes—temporarily. By 2:25, when Kupono firmly grabs Kayla’s arm I am crying with her as she battles, just like I did in my own dance. Ever since, SYTYCD has been my favorite show on TV. Many pole dancers feel the same. The top 10 of SYTYCD season 10 hit a new extraordinary high. It took me three nights to finish the episode because I re-watched the opening rocking chair number and 8 of the top 10 dances. I often re-wind my favorite, sometimes 2

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Songs for the Siren featuring Sheila Kelley

August 12, 2013
Songs for the Siren featuring Sheila Kelley

Two actions altered the course of my adult life. First:  I baked peanut butter blossoms in November 1986. They’re the cookies with the Hersey’s kisses on top. This was the key that got me my first kiss from the man I married. We’ve been kissing for 27 years and I’ve learned incredible love lessons being married for more than half my life (Note to self:  finish parts 3-6 in this series soon!) Second:  I watched Sheila Kelley on Oprah exactly 17 years later. Something about Sheila’s child-like, wide-eyed enthusiasm the first time she demonstrated hip circles, hidden from the camera’s view, made me sense magic in them. In that moment, I knew a woman’s secret power must be tucked away like buried treasure in her hips. Sheila became one of my teachers. First  through her writing. Then in videos. Eventually live. In the beginning, I loved the warm up and sensual dancing but I hated pole tricks. The first time I ever had fun with the pole was letting go with a simple swing walk in pole class with Sheila. Playing with Sheila live is a life-changing gift that builds sisterhood between all who attend. Sheila and I stay connected on

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