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Journal posts for CaySwann Dance

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Post-first-class Success

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I think that the post made mere minutes after I left my student’s house sums up the awesome that was last night.

Brilliant, flashing movements. Bells and drums. Cats fascinated by human-sized cat toys. Isolations of body parts, while coming together in unity. Meditation of the body, exercise of the mind. #BellyDancing with Cat Ellen was a revelation. Thank you, my sister.

I could not be more pleased at my first run at a first lesson. I felt prepared (with the exception of having not packed my iPod speakers). I felt strong in my technique and my articulation skills. And I felt so much gratitude that my approach to dance was met with so much enthusiasm.

I’m on the right path. This brings me so much relief.

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Making the Transition

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Tonight is a major transition for me. It’s the first night that I am officially going to someone’s home to teach them ATS®. Since the first hour of the first class of the first level, I knew I wanted to teach this dance form. But now I’m just a few minutes from getting into my car and driving to the appointment. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m nervous. But then again, I’ve been working non-stop for three years to get here. Just a month or two ago, my regularly weekly schedule included class or rehearsal four nights per week, 10.5 hours of dance per week. In April, I spent 20-hours over four days in an intensive workshop earning my General Skills (GS) certification from Carolena Nericcio. In May, I went to Tribal Fest for the third time, spending 16 hours in another 8 classes.

But it’s here. My first day preparing to teach. I can only hope that I do all my teachers proud, to arrive prepared, to teach with care and compassion and skill and good technique, and share this passion and love I have for this dance and this community.

Here we go.
One of my favorite drawings, a gift given to me by Lynn (@cavalaxis) from foulbitten.com

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