Here I'm again on my dance training weekend. I am still thankful for myself that I decided for this strategy. I year ago, I was hesitating to do this training or not, and one of the decision factors was that I would be moving all weekend long when I'm on this training.
This way, I have 10 weekends guaranteed fun movement from Friday afternoons to Sunday afternoons. It's around four topics, contact dance improvisation, authentic movement, Feldenkreis, bodywork. All these are new to me in a way, so in fact I do stretch my boundaries when I participate in a group where everybody is dancer or mover somehow.
But I have so much fun, it doesn't feel exercise, just exploration, engagement.
This weekend we play with four elements of dance, body, shape, time, force, and explore all the possibilities within.
I learned that this topic worth a full semester in a graduate dancing program, we just have a weekend for it. Still, I didn't know before I can move my body in so many ways. So many unexplored possibilities of me.
Now, it's Saturday evening.
I'm sitting on the floor, listening to the last music CD still playing.
I notice I sit on the "diagonal" - our last score involved movement through the diagonal of the room, and it moved a lot in me. Somehow, unconsciously, I came back to sit on this line again.
I see something like this while typing.
I wanted to add something to the exercise tracker, and to count the minutes for the team in the 5% challenge. Hard to estimate, as I don't have Endomondo with me to track my movement with GPS and calculate the calories.
If I really want to count it, I've been moving for about six hours today, slow and fast, small and big, around and along a line, alone and with others, with touch and without touch.
But it doesn't feel I've been exercising.
It feels just it was fun.
Not work, like when I re-started my healthy life a few years ago, and I couldn't imagine how exercise could be really fun. I understood, it's good for me, but it was so much energy even to start it.
And now, I just can't get enough.
Tomorrow, we continue exploring these four qualities, I'm very curious.
Next week, as I decided to stretch even a bit more, I will participate to the contact dance festival in Vienna. That will be really a stretch, with the totally experienced dancers, for four days. See the program and pictures from last year here.
Another experience from today. One of the group members told me that she usually moves for 6 hours a day. I couldn't get how she does it. But then I learned she's a dance teacher, classes, training, performance. I asked how much she eats... the response was a short "A LOT".
I think I will make that standing desk project happen soon, so I can join this "six hours a day movers' club".
Otherwise, we are in Frochtenstein, Austria. A small town South from Vienna, in the mountains' forest near the border of Austria and Hungary.
Today, a couple of time during the dance, I just stopped and enjoyed the sunset.
Then I continued moving.
How much do you move during your work?
Do you do some activity, which involves a lot of movement, but in fact the main purpose is not "exercise"?