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From the middle of the dance

Saturday, October 26, 2013

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"?
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    Oliver you are right - it was so much energy even to start it. Amazing how over the years you gained momentum. You inspire me!
    1662 days ago
    What an awesome experience. Always love your pictures - thanks for sharing! I do my exercise and then I try to schedule something else everyday that just keeps me moving. It may be as simple as grocery shopping or even tapping my feet to music as I chop vegetables or it could be deciding to take an extra bike ride around the neighborhood after dinner.
    1664 days ago
    Great blog Oliver! I'm so glad you are on our team so we can count all those lovely minutes of exercising. We have a dance here in our city that we like to attend, it is called a country dance and it's like the old fashioned dances where you have a partner but you move up and down the line and dance with another couple. Not extrememly fast but very fun and each dance lasts for about 15 minutes or more. Then you can change partners and go again. I love the picture of the dance floor, the reflection of light is wonderful.

    Thank you for sharing this!
    1664 days ago
    Very cool. Thanks so much for sharing. Loved looking at the pics.
    1666 days ago
    Wow--what a great experience for you! So glad you are loving it!! I teach a navigation class so get out hiking a lot. Love it--I love that I get paid for exercising!!
    1666 days ago
    Interesting. Nothing like spending an entire week end having fun and exercising at the same time.
    1666 days ago
    Great to have a moment to catch up with you!! This dance exercise you are doing looks really fun! I always think of you running to your swimming then running home or running into forests, so now I'll have a nice image of you dancing!
    1666 days ago
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