Leading and Following

"Observing is a good way to learn. Listening with stitched lips, wakeful eyes, and quivering ears brings magic into your life." — from 'Dreams of Trespass' by Fatima Mernissi, Moroccan feminist scholar Practice: In a group, form a circle with the Leader in the center. The Leader closes the eyes and moves intuitively while the [...]

Urban Ritual: Interview with Erin Carlisle Norton

by Dunya Dianne McPherson I walk along Chambers St. in lower Manhattan beside a massive Victorian edifice of pillars and arches to Gibney Dance, a busy warren of dance studios. It hides somewhere here. I’m meeting Erin Carlisle Norton, host of ‘Movers and Shapers; A Dance Podcast’. Erin is doing an impressive project recording life [...]

Practice: Back Roll

I sit crosslegged and rock forward and back gently on my sitz bones which are like little rocking chair rockers. It is a small motion. My psoas shifts my viscera and buttocks press along the rug under me. I go slowly for a while, watching my spine responsively arc into a curvature, my weighty head dropping forward then righting. I feel like a sailor on a sea swells. The curve prepares itself in me.

Soft & Warm

In case you are meeting me for the first time, I tend to write about my Dancemeditation practice and Path—what comes up, what happens inside me, why I resist, etc. At the moment, it’s about how to survive in troubled times with a little help…   Surviving in Troubled Times I’ve always loved sheepskins. They are some […]