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So far—Gay Hendricks, Debbie Rosas, Sondra Fraleigh, Fred Sugarman, Lamara Heartwell, Wren LaFeet, Cynthia Winton-Henry, Samantha Sweetwater, Toni Bergins and Daria Halprin. Watch the quick how-to podcasts video. more »

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#100 - Monday Love Milestone plus Big Love to Aletia Alvarez @ Madrona Mindbody Institute!

Speaking of legendary leaders, this weeks love-beam shines on Aletia Alvarez! She's one of the leading lights behind Madrona Mindbody Institute, a converted base in Port Townsend, Washington. Widely acknowledged as a superb person to work and dance more »

Monday Loves

#24 - Sanford Lewis: Director of An Intimate Dance

Meet the man behind the new Contact Improv documentary! You'll have a much better understanding of Contact Improv and the dynamic global culture around it after listening to this interview with environmental lawyer / documentary film producer. more »


#99 - Tuesday Love Travelog plus EmBody yourself at Danyasa before Envision!

First, let me introduce you to Gary Schikora, (everyone along the way heard our story). We’re half-brothers with the same mom who never knew each other as kids. His life has always been in Alaska and Hawaii, while I grew up in Colorado. We've been more »

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#98 - Monday Love to Adam Braun and Pencils of Promise to Martin Luther King

Great causes are formed when someone steps forward and says they want to make something obsolete in the future. On one level #DanceFirst is about making obsolete the motion that we need to medicate our kids to get them to sit still in class... more »

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#97 - Monday Love to Turning the Wheel + The Edwardian Ball & Member Event Roster

This week’s member spotlight is on Turning the Wheel, an inspiring organization I highly recommend putting on your radar. This national non-profit based in Boulder was founded in 1989 by Alana Shaw. more »

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#96 - Tuesday Love, Practice, and Play—Plus SpiritDance-SoulSong Training Beckons along with Bali Spirit Fest!

Here’s an epic adventure on your horizon—the SpiritDance-SoulSong Training in Bali! Ellen Watson is a legend who needs little introduction in global conscious dance circles. This Dance First member is an original compatriot more »

Monday Loves

#95 - New Years Love to You and Yours for a Happy and Happening 2015!

Are you ready for another click on the calendar? It's time to take stock of what worked well in the past year—and to make plans and put into practice that which will serve us and our communities better in the year to come. In my world, the holiday se more »

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#94 - Monday Love and Solstice Salutations—Plus our members have invitations for you!

Happy Solstice everyone! Let’s celebrate our celestial turning point with a collective bow of gratitude to the great spirits that guide us—a deep breath of appreciation for those who share this wonderful life with us more »

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#93 - Tuesday Love's Dancing the Rainbow with Lani O'Hanlon across the pond.

Which brings me to Lani O'Hanlon, who is Dancing the Rainbow with us from the heart of Ireland! I was so delighted to learn of this well-known writer's modality and community of teachers around more »

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#92 - Monday Love tingles to you plus Smart Start for the Arts with Nickie Woods.

Speaking of analog entertainment, today's spotlight on Dance First member Nichole le Shawn 'Nickie' Woods and Start Smart for the Arts is extra special. She offers a unique and super valuable program for families with youth growing up in the more »

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#91 - Tuesday Love to Erica Ross and a tale of teens in motion.

This weeks spotlight on Dance Our Way Home’s Erica Ross and her Daily Dance represents a gift of embodiment to you! I’ve known Erica long before she became a Dance First member, more »

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#90 - Monday Love for Thanksgiving family and heads up for The Dickens Fair and The Soiled Dove.

Time to take my grooves and gratitude on the road. I’m grabbing my records and heading south for some post-holiday grooving in San Luis Obispo. We’ll be camping out at the somatic speakeasy on Friday and Saturday night for some informal jamming and more »

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#89 - Tuesday Love to designer pal Margot Leom and some tips to put the fun back in Facebook.

This week I’ll share some of the ways you can navigate Facebook and protect your sanity from the vortex of the newsfeed. First, make the most of Groups, like our event-centric public Conscious Dancer group or the backstage areas like our private more »

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#88 - Monday Love to Living Ensemble's Taira Restar and delighting in your decisions

Taira Restar, creator of Living Ensemble is one of those Dance First members who raises the bar for everyone. You may know of her from her work with Anna and Daria Halprin, she most recently led trainings in more »

Monday Loves

#87 - Luminary Leaders Love note on your behalf and big ups to Banafsheh and Dance of Oneness!

That’s why I’m delighted to spotlight Banafsheh for you this week! Dance of Oneness® is the “transformational philosophy and movement practice” she designed drawing upon a lifetime of experience. more »

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#86 - Monday Love to globe-spanning Chakradance and Upshift update details.

That’s why Chakradance is under this weeks spotlight! With over 160 facilitators in 22 countries, this movement phenomenon founded by Natalie Southgate in London in 1998 continues to grow and change lives around the world. Pioneers in distance more »

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#85 - Upshift Love to you and 897 of my dear friends. (are you inside?)

And now folks, it’s my birthday, and I must be off to do some dancing! It’s been a special day, with an invitation to DJ at a certain celebrated authors birthday soiree being the icing on my cake. I'm so happy and grateful to be here on the dawn more »

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#84 - Libra Love to Liz Mac and why I like you better as a demographic of one.

This weeks subject is the connection between rhythm and rejuvenation. Laura uncovered some amazing material at the Globe Sound Healing Conference last week, and went one step further by attending the rare TaKeTiNa workshop hosted by James Word (L) more »

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#83 - Tuesday Love to Lillie Cintron and win a pair of Flow Toys PodPoi by sharing your thoughts.

This weeks love-beam is for new Dance First member Lillie Cintron! We really love onboarding new members and enjoy helping you with your copy and images for new Upshift pages. Lillie is a community dance leader in St. Petersburg Florida, and friend more »

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#82 - Monday Love to Rana Satori—conscious clothier and contact star at the Ecstatic Retreat!

You’ll see fresh looks from Autumn Teneyl, Queen of Hearts, Leom Designs, and this weeks spotlight personality, our long-time collaborator Rana Satori! more »

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#81 - Monday Love to Ekayani and Yoga on the Dance Floor plus Gift Guide update and new member shout-outs

That’s why the spotlight is shining on Ekayani and Yoga on the Dance Floor today! She’s a performing artist that’s been on our radar as a conscious dance headliner for a long time more »

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Monday Love 80: Monday Love to the Kinetic Voice of Lis Addison, and a little musing about music...

KiVo, short for the Kinetic Voice, is the brainchild of Lis Addison. She’s a powerhouse of inspiration operating both here on the West Coast and in Africa, an award-winning composer with a knack for rhythm and dance. more »

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Monday Love 79: Monday Love to 'the Field' of Emilie Conrad and SOMAfest celebrates her legacy

That's why we're excited to spread the word about SomaFest. The Somatic Movement Arts Festival: “Conscious Embodiment in Practice, Performance, and Daily Life” is organized by our friend Teri Carter in Los Angeles. more »

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Monday Love 78: Monday Love to Jo Cobbett and a splash of insight into the ice-bucket phenomenon.

Meanwhile, back in the Bay Area…we’ve been fortunate to have the one-and-only Jo Cobbett house-guesting at our Oakland HQ, fresh out of the inaugural Open Floor Movement training in Marin. We go way back with Jo, she was one of our guest facilitators more »

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Monday Love 77: Midweek Love to our dear Mr. Williams, and your invite to Project Lighten Up.

Once again the elephant in the room has made an appearance. The passing of Robin Williams has sparked a serious conversation in the media about an issue more »

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Monday Love 76: Monday Love to meme-bearers One Dance Tribe and Ecstatic Films.

First, One Dance Tribe is hosting another epic conscious dance and movement gathering! You’ll want to register before August 15th and make plans to head to the Big Island of Hawaii for 10 days of dance, nature and community. Hosted by Amara Pagano an more »

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Monday Love 75: Monday Love to MC Yogi and your tickets to Bhakti Fest West are inside!

That's why it's fun to shine the love-beam on MC Yogi today! It takes an entirely different kind of persona more »

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Monday Love 74: Monday Love and a Kindle gift from 'Mindfulness in Motion' co-hosts Julia Tindall and Claire Alexander

This week we are shining the love beam on Claire Alexander and Julia Tindall. Claire is well-loved facilitator here more »

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