“I’ve danced for years and haven’t caught my big break😢😢😢”

This blog post continues our Tales of a Frustrated Creative series that started in March 2015. For this post, we give credit to our guest writers from Femme La Kray, Maleeka Harris and Katrina Lee.

How many dancers go through periods of feeling like an outcast in an industry of over thousands of thousands of thousands of dancers?! What happens when only a selected few dancers receive the major tv commercials? Or Broadway gigs?

Oh of course, the chosen hired dancers are amazing and talented! But what happens to the rest us who perhaps:
1)Didn’t catch the audition choreography fast enough?
2)Didn’t fit the visual casting?
3) Have very little formal dance training?

I’ll tell you what happens, we struggle! We struggle and hustle, hustle and struggle (*repeats 4ever*). We settle for local shows and nonunion or off the grid low/non-paid dance gigs. We become the leftovers(dancers who didn’t make the cut). We are still fantastic performers! Truth is, we are constantly overlooked and heavily neglected. Unfortunately in this fast paced society, industry figures don’t invest their time to mold “potential” movers.

Maybe you can’t afford dance classes due to financial circumstances. I mean, $20 a class? We can barely afford $1 pizza! Maybe you didn’t receive that special arts scholarship to dance. Should one STOP dancing because they are not with the Top dance company? Did you not work hard enough? Maybe your dance language doesn’t fall in trend with the commercial selling dance disciplines. These are all different thoughts that came to my mind and I’m sure to the mind of many Artists.

Stop the FREAKING press!! Leftovers are delicious and sometimes tastes even better than the original dish. (*sips tea*)

DANCE is universal and it is not reserved for a few individuals! You have to get to a point where you don’t give a flying f#*k! Be YOUR OWN Supporter. Always surround yourself with other artists/people whom will influence you positively & vice versa. Help each other be the best! Put on your own damn production, learn from watching/volunteering and don’t always wait to be picked up by one. Let those industry cats come to you as you mold and shape your artistry. Dance for your reasons and not for anyone else.

Stop comparing yourself to others, create your own lane baby!! Do you baby!!

So my leftover dancer friend 😊, you are a mover, never stop moving. Where there is a will there is a way and your time will come.
In fact, all of the dance events, shows, teams, volunteer work, blood, sweat, and tears are all apart of your dance journey SUCCESS!

So keep dancing and uploading your art because the only direction is forward! Besides, nothing happens over night. Stay consistent and Persevere!

* This is advice from my personal experience and dialogue exchanged with my dance friends and All kinds of artists.*

XoXo Tea & Honey XoXo

Written By: Maleeka Harris (Artistic CoFounder)
Revised & Edited By: Katrina Lee (H.Q) (Artistic CoFounder)

Femme La Kray (Copyright 2016)

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A Psychic Weighs In On The Presidential Race

WARNING: Very esoteric and metaphysical material ahead. Some basic people may get freaked out. If you are one of these basic people and you put a basic comment below, I will come for your life, drag you for filth, try my best to educate you regarding the metaphysical world.
Peace, Love and Light to all those who read, understand.

 

Hi everyone. My name is King. (Hi King!) And I am psychic. My psychic abilities include clairvoyance and clairsentience.

(Crickets, crickets, crickets…)

I see you may be a bit lost. Let’s breakdown this supernatural lingo.

There are different kinds of psychics. According to Merriam-Webster, psychic means:
1. Lying outside the sphere of physical science of knowledge: immaterial, moral or spiritual in origin or force
2. Sensitive to nonphysical or supernatural forces and influences

What is a clairvoyant?
In short it means that someone is able to see beyond the physical nature of the world. So some clairvoyants can see into the future, others can see the past, some see Spirits, others may see ancestors and some are even able to see through physical structures and see what is behind them!

What is a clairsentient?
Someone that can feel things beyond the physical world is a clairsentient. Similarly like clairvoyants, there are different kinds of clairsentients. Some can feel the presence of esoteric beings, others literally feel the physical pain of people when they are around them, while some just by touching a building can tell how many people reside within, how long they have been there, who else may have been there and who may be coming in the future.

However, these psychic abilities aren’t given to a select few. In many ways, all people are clairvoyants and clairsentients. If you have ever believed you were able to “see someone’s true colors” or “see behind someone’s motives”, you experienced a clairvoyant moment. Or if you were able to “feel that something wasn’t right” or “felt a bad vibe from someone”, you had a clairsentient occurrence.

With my clairvoyant and clairsentient gifts, I have the ability to see and feel the energetic patterns around living beings and inanimate objects. With this gift I help others overcome various ailments and dis-ease by giving them insight on what they need to work on the most to have a better quality of life.

In this blog, I will be sharing my thoughts and ideas on each presidential candidate based off what I feel and see with my psychic abilities. I may also predict a winner. 🙂

…Now onto the good stuff!

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Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton during their first debate on Monday, September 26th 2016 at Hofstra University.

As of October 1st, 2016 Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clairvoyantly seen have very
vibrant auras biofields. There is a lot of light biophoton matter emanating from their energy body, much more than the average person. Most people with large spheres of influence have lots of light emanating from them, whether the influence is considered to be positive or negative. Why is that you ask? Great question. Let’s gab!
All people, whether they believe in spirituality, religion or the supernatural (or not) have Invisible Guides and Helpers that assist them on earth. Some may call them angels, others ancestors and some believe it is luck, but these Helpers are here as a support in life. When someone starts to gain influence or power, these Helpers magnify their assistance to a varying degree. This boost can be seen as massive light around a person’s biofield. However, not all people are in tune with their Helpers and the light surrounding them. This is as if a person is wearing long sleeve clothing, pants, boots, a hat, gloves and scarf in the dead of summer; the light that may be all around them never fully penetrates their being. Just because someone is a CEO of a company, a celebrity with over 14 million followers on Instagram or a presidential candidate doesn’t mean their light is dynamic or strong. Be mindful that although these folks may have bigger lights, it doesn’t mean they have stronger lights. This is the same as a tall redwood tree that is rotting, with weak roots wearing brown leaves vs. an oak tree with strong roots and vibrant, colorful leaves. Which one would you rather be?

Because of this presidential race, Clinton and Trump have influence over millions of Americans, not to mention the world. So, it makes sense as to why they have lots of light surrounding them, but that is just on a macro level. As I zoom in on a micro level, I’m going to explain what is happening clairvoyantly and clairsentiently within their biofield. Get ready for the good gossip. (How You Doin’?)

Hillary Clinton
As of October 1st, 2016 Hillary Clinton drains me. I feel drained whenever I think about or loohillary clinton.jpgk at her. This generally means that she is feeling energetically drained herself. I initially picked up on this a few months back as I was watching her campaign midsummer. I knew that something was wrong and if she didn’t take care of herself, something may happen. Then weeks later the story broke that she may have been suffering from pneumonia. I was not surprised. But something else may be happening here – the bottom portion of her energy body looks congested, from her navel and down. Even if she is no longer suffering from pneumonia, there is definitely a weakness in her energy body. Not saying that she does, but my clairsentient feeling of her fits the profile of someone with a terminal disease. I hope this isn’t the case. But she definitely needs someone (like me!) to clean her biofield to help revitalize her.

Donald Trump
As of October 1st, 2016, Donald Trump gives me a headache. No but literally, I am getting a headachtrump_flage…and starting to feel itchy all over my body, feeling nauseous too. And now my stomach hurts! This generally means a few things: that the energy centers in his head are off-balanced, his interactions with others give them a metaphorical hemanhole smoke.jpegadache, he can get under other people’s skin and his energy body is highly contaminated, like a virus.
In looking at his biofield, he seems to have dark smoke rising from below him, like smoke coming out of a manhole. This is the first time I have seen anything of this nature around someone’s biofield. It is very interesting to say the least. He is in desperate need of an energetic cleansing.

My Winning Prediction
According to astrologers the earth is moving from the Pisces Age to the Age of Aquarius. During this shift many things are happening at a faster rate to fully acclimate to this ‘changing of the guard’. And some of those things are bringing to light, that which has been stuck and buried for a long time.
Think about it like this: You decide to go on a fast and just juice. What happens? For the first few days you may feel weak as your body removes all the toxins that are inside you. But after some time, you may notice that you begin to feel lighter and have more natural energy during the day. You may even lose some weight! The same goes for this metaphysical process; there is a purge of toxins that needs to happen before reaching a balanced state. Before the toxins can be flushed down the toilet, they need to first come out. During this critical time, not only our nation’s history, but in the world, toxins have come out, some that have not been acknowledged for many years. The presidential hopefuls (or hopeless) have allowed more release of these toxins, arguably one more than the other. And the candidate that is doing the most releasing, sadly (or happily) to say, is meant to that. That is their mission, to release all the toxins to wake us up and clean up our act.
So, who do you think that person is? I guess we will have to wait until November to find out.

-King👑

 

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Your Life at a Glimpse…Fashion Week

Full Disclosure: The following post is coming from the mind of a dance movement therapist (me). Don’t know what this means? Read it. You will get the point(e)….YASSSSSS!

 

I love fall fashion week. Not because of the reason you think — it has nothing to do with the fashion or the trends that are happening or what the designer is showcasing (although those are definitely reasons for loving fashion week!), but I love the energy a model gives off while wearing the designer’s clothes.

Depending on the theme, fabric, or designer’s ideas, a model’s ability to bring about some type of positive feeling in the audience can and will ultimately cause them to buy the designer’s clothing. Walking the runway and posing for a picture focus on two different types of movement qualities that appear to be key for models (get ready for my dance therapy lingo), creating and carving into a shape (or posing) and walking the runway.

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Models present a creation by the Duaba Serwa fashion house during African Fashion Week at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. Picture: IHSAAN HAFFEJEE (27.10.2012)

Based on a movement repertoire (movement style), a model can truly bring clothes to life in ways that not many can imagine.

A model’s walk and pose on the runway, of course, affects a person’s decision of whether they like the designer’s clothing because of their taste, but there is also a deeper emotional level at play. Sometimes a model’s walk can bring up unconscious feelings, memories, or experiences we’ve had that can impact our decision in saying “yay” or “nay” to the designer’s work.

For example, if you see a model that walks with a pressing action (very strong, direct and indulging) while in delicate, light fabrics, the model’s walk may turn you off from the clothes completely. Maybe because the movement style does not match the designer’s clothing (which in some cases could be the artistic vision of the designer. But the question

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Model walking the runway during Betsy Johnson’s runway show in 2013.

is why would this mismatch be unattractive for you? Could it be that the model’s walk reminds you of someone that you admire, while the clothes remind you of someone you despise? Could seeing this combination on one person be confusing or unappealing? Could it be that you find yourself to be a grounded person that embraces the model’s walk, but does not see themselves as being delicate and light for whatever the reason may be. Is it scary to be delicate in your fashion sense and strong and grounded in your movement? Would you give off the wrong message? Or does it just not go with the trends of society?

Ultimately a model’s walk can be unattractive or attractive based off your past experiences of whom the walk reminds you of (maybe your mother, brother, true friend, fake friend, or a persona that you never saw yourself as-strong, confident, etc). Without recognizing it, these internal feelings you’ve felt from the model can then in turn be projected onto the designer. THIS is why it is important to have models that are able to hone in on the designer’s vision and WERK run with it. Watching such models capture the designer’s vision is truly remarkable and beautiful.

Thinking about the models then like Linda Evangelista, Karlie Kloss, and Naomi Campbell, and how their distinctive walks used very specific movement qualities (dab, float, glide) that were always interchangeable with different body parts (arms, legs, hips) captured the audience and increased revenue for designers.

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

I wonder what the runway models now, including Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Selena Forrest will embody for the designers and the audience. Will it be complimentary of one another? Of course the audience’s unconscious (and maybe conscious) feelings of a model on the runway this week, particularly someone like Kendall Jenner will bring up feelings for some audience members that are repulsive or gracious which could mostly be a projection of how they feel about the Kardashian’s. This can then affect the decision of the audience loving or hating the clothing of the designer. But, can someone like Kendall Jenner use her movement style to persuade the audience to only look at her modeling within the designer’s vision? Can she provide an opportunity for the audience to decide for themselves whether they like or dislike the fashion or is the Kardashian/Jenner name and reputation too strong for the audience to disconnect from? Will it ultimately influence the audience to say “yay” or “nay” to the designer?

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Kendall Jenner

Overall the important part of all this is that as the audience, whether you are at an actual runway show (I’m jealous!) or are watching the shows after fashion week on YouTube, there is more than one reason why we are influenced by fashion. If we are aware of our biases and why they are so present for us, we may be able to be more open to exploring different designers’ styles, based on the models presentation, whom we originally would have said “nay” (for me its Tommy Hilfiger).
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-Lefty

 

*Words italicized = Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) terms

 

 

 

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Is Energy Medicine Christian?

This is a question I get at least once from a professed Christian at every health fair I am at giving my services to the public. It also takes the form of “Do you do this in the name of Jesus”?

My response: Are the pills and prescriptions you take for ailments and disorders in the name of Jesus?
Is that cell phone you use to take calls, text and go on the internet Christian?

Their response:
(Silence)

As someone who grew up in a Christian household engulfed in the Black Baptist church experience, I find the questions about the healing work of energy medicine being Christian interesting.

If you look at the work of Jesus Christ in the Bible, what is he known for?
His teachings and his healing.
So, if someone were to say to you that energy medicine is a form of natural healing, why do you need to question the validity of it being Christian? But, I get it. The work I do looks weird to uneducated eyes. Just seeing someone sitting in a chair, while another person stands over them and waves their hands around looks strange. So sometimes Christians folks that don’t understand what is happening just stand from afar and look.

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Directors of Full Force, Anginese Phillips & Kadeem Alston-Roman engaging with a member of the Brooklyn community at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

I usually walk up to these people to engage in conversation about what they are seeing and give them information on how they too can experience it. Most usually agree to then have a session. (There have been times when I begin to walk up to someone and they literally run away scared. I even had one lady run away while putting up her two index fingers in a cross position pointing it towards me.) For those that don’t agree to have a session, they just continue to stand there and watch. However, these onlookers are in actuality experiencing it too. Since this work deals with healing the energy that connects us all together, by standing and “onlooking” their body is healing on a micro level.

 

Now you may ask, why are you picking on the Christians? What about other religions? Well, never once have I gotten:
Is energy medicine Jewish?
Is it Muslim?
Is it Hindu?
Is it Buddhist?
You get the idea.
For whatever reason only the Christians seem to feel uncomfortable by this work.

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Depiction of Jesus Christ Healing the Woman with an Issue of Blood. (Luke 8:43-48)

One time I had an engaging conversation with a woman at a health fair about energy medicine and Christianity. She happened to be on #TeamOnlookers so, I walked up to her and explained what she was observing the other healing practitioners doing behind me.

She responded, “Oh, this doesn’t seem Christian” and proceeded to walk away.  I followed her and said, “Let me ask you a question. What does Jesus mean to you”?

“Oh, He is my everything – beginning and the end.”

“Great! And what was he known for in the Bible.”

“So many things”, she replied. “He was a savior, he was a teacher, a man of God, and he healed many people.”

“Right! He healed. He was a healer. So, if I tell you that the group of people behind me are healing why don’t you believe we are doing the work of Christ?”

“Well, that was Jesus though. He himself was the one that healed people.”

“Right, but in John 14 it states that we will do ‘even greater things than these’”, I replied. “So, if Jesus is saying that we will do even greater things than Him, why can’t you believe that this one of those things? I know there didn’t seem to be a system to the way that Jesus healed, but what if there was? What if we are able to tap into that same Spirit? I think we forget that Jesus was just a human being like you and me, but it was His Christ nature, that Spirit that dwelled within Him that allowed Him to do great things. That same Christ that was with Him lives in us and allows us to do even greater things. We just have to believe and trust in It. So, if we are called to live as true Christians, ‘Christ’-ians, and be more like Him, then shouldn’t we at least on a first level be able to heal as Him?”

Now, let me tell you, I had no idea I could talk so much. But this all just sprang forth out of me. The lady at first didn’t say anything. She just shook her head agreement and looked down as if she was processing everything I just said. Then she said, “Yeah. That makes sense. Thank you.”
Then she just walked away. She didn’t have a session that day, but it gave her more context on the background of the healing work that she happened to see on that day.

 

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Co-Director of Full Force, Kadeem Alston-Roman Doing Energy Medicine During a Workshop.

So to answer the question, is energy medicine Christian?
Yes.

Is it only Christian?
No.

It is like asking: Do people take trains?
Yes.

Do people only take trains?
No.

We know that there are other modes of transportation that people use to get around such as walking, driving, riding the bus, taking a plane and many other ways.

Similarly to energy medicine, people within the Bible have used energy to heal but many other cultures and religions have also used energy to heal – they have their own forms of energy medicine to bring about a positive change within the lives of those that use it.

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Depiction of Jesus Healing a Blind Man. (Mark 8:22-26)

Although it may not be called energy medicine, the modern church does use energy to heal from prophetic healing to the “laying on of hands”.
…And yes, even prayer. Prayer is a form of energy healing. By praying you are changing the energy of something, someone, or a situation so it is filled with more Light, Love, Peace, Joy and ultimately filled with the energy of God. This is what energy medicine is in a nutshell – using natural abilities to bring Light and positive change within a person or circumstance. In most energy medicine systems nothing is ingested, injected or topically used to bring about the healing. It just happens, seemingly like magic. But then again all m.a.g.i.c. is, is Making Available Great Insights Consciously. And that’s what energy medicine does, it brings the greatness within us to consciousness.

The specific modality of energy medicine I practice called Pranic Healing, is a highly evolved and tested system of energy medicine developed by GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui that utilizes prana to balance, harmonize and transform the body’s energy processes. Prana is a Sanskrit word that means life-force. This invisible bio-energy or vital energy keeps the body alive and maintains a state of good health.* In short, it is like shining the bright sun on a very dark cloud, so the cloud can become vibrant again.

This work has been a blessing to many in my life, including my own, as I have been able to use it in a variety of situations from headaches to colds to depression and even cancer. Since using energy medicine I’ve never since been at the mercy of waiting on a medical doctor to help me. When I’m sick, I just work on myself by tapping into the Christ nature within.

-King

 

*www.PranicHealing.com

**Please understand that my use of “Christians” is used very loosely in the article. There are many Christians whom are genuinely curious about the work of energy medicine and are open to it, even to the point of practicing it themselves. However, all of the negative views I’ve experienced in doing energy medicine have come from those who consider themselves Christian.

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My Recovery

My name is Jennie and I’m 31 years old. Dance has always been a way I expressed myself. My dream was to be a pop star — just to dance all my problems away on stage and that everyone who saw me would love me.

As a child I was always happy and carefree but due to a rough upbringing the bright light I had within began to dim. By my late 20’s I found myself in a dark depression. Not wanting my family and others around me to see what I was going through I pretended to be happy even though I wasn’t. Vulnerability felt like weakness to me and I couldn’t allow anyone to view me as a weak individual. Religion came through many facets in my up bringing. My mother was Christian and my father’s side of the family was Catholic, so I had no core belief.  It was all mixed up to me. The very little faith that I did have diminished during this time and I felt like all hope was lost. I even stopped dancing. I was convinced that where I was at the time would be where I’d live forever. That was until dance was reintroduced into my life again through Full Force Dance Repertory.

I remember when Anginese and Kadeem (directors of Full Force) told me they were starting a dance company back in 2010 I was so excited for them. I sat in one of their first rehearsals with the dancers wishing I could get up there and dance too. It was fascinating to watch how they told stories with their bodies and the emotions that this movement had tapped inside of me.

Motherless Child was the first dance I saw performed by Full Force. And I lie to you not that I felt like the dance grabbed my heart and held it to my face to show me just how deep I’d fallen into my depression. It was like they were mirroring the pain I was feeling right back at me.

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Kadeem & Anginese in Motherless Chil’

A few years later Anginese and Kadeem asked me to be a part of their trial series for Movement Conversation Groups (a series of holistic workshops that combine elements of dance therapy and energy medicine). I was so honored that they chose me. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what it would be like or if I would benefit from it at all. It wasn’t because of them that I felt this way, it was because of who I was at the time. I wasn’t sure if I could free myself enough to reap the benefits from the sessions. However, I went along with it.

My first session set the pace for what all the other sessions would be. I felt safe and not like I was being judged. But even with the comfort of the class, breaking through the wall I had built up was still very hard. I’ve always been a person to help whomever I can, whenever I can — even in moments where I was being inconvenienced. I would always set aside everything I was doing to help others and it felt as if I was being taken advantaged of.

One of the most moving sessions for me was when I found my voice and I learned to say no. I remember Anginese did a role play exercise with me in which she got right up in front of my face taunting me the way I felt other people did. She did that until I had enough of it. I got mad enough to yell out “NO!” That was a huge stepping-stone in my life. I didn’t know it then but looking back at it now, that was the first crack in the wall I had up.

In those six sessions I learned that I had a voice and that my opinion was just as important as anyone else. I learned that my past was just that, in my past. Even though I was a product of it, I realized that I could overcome it and be whoever I wanted to be. Most importantly it connected me back to the Lord. I realized that I was in the darkness because I was running away from His Light.

As we came to the final session, Anginese and Kadeem asked me if I would like to choreograph and perform a piece based off my experience and journey with the class. I didn’t hesitate and said, “YES!” immediately. But then that excitement turned into such an overwhelming feeling of fear. I’d never choreographed anything before but Kadeem made it a safe place for me to be myself and to choreograph freely.

I remember when Kadeem and I started to choreograph he asked what did I want the piece to be about. I told him I wanted to make people cry. I’m most certain at this point it was for selfish reasons, but later that all changed as the piece made me cry.

I’d changed significantly on the inside and I wanted to share that journey with the audience that would be coming to see Full Force’s show in August of that year. I chose the song Recovery by James Arthur. He’s an artist from the UK and from my knowledge he wasn’t well known in the US. That was important to me. I didn’t want it to be a song that everyone knew because I wanted them to really listen to what he said. The song spoke of strife and breaking free from it. The grit of his voice stirred up many different emotions inside of me that I wanted everyone else to feel it as well.

On the day of the show it all hit me, the dream I’ve had for so long was about to become a reality. Nervous is an understatement of how I was feeling. We had rehearsed the whole show twice before this moment, so I knew exactly when I was going to the stage. As the time drew closer for my performance, the more I felt like my heart was in my throat.

The music started.

I walked out into the spotlight.

And I knew this was where I had always belonged.

There was a shift in the purpose of my dance from then on. It wasn’t to express myself anymore. It became to touch someone in the audience. I wanted to free someone from any chains that held them down. I gave it my all and it was received very well. After the show many people told me just how touched they were by the piece and how brave I was. One lady approached me and she was crying. She hugged me so tight. I could feel that she had received the message I was hoping to bring forth. It was in that moment that I realized that I had accomplished what I set out to do.

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Jennie in her piece Recovery.

Today I am still dancing, but now I dance for the Lord. In August of 2015 I was called back into the loving arms of God and I’m now a worship leader and praise dancer. It brings me great joy that He entrusted me to use my gifts to minister to His people. I’m a much more confident today and I’m full of His peace and joy. The wall that I built up no longer exists and I’m not ashamed of my vulnerability anymore. It used to make me feel weak but today it makes me feel brave and courageous. It’s a huge sign that there is now light and life inside of a place that was at one point full of cold darkness. And I am elated by that! I am truly grateful to Kadeem and Anginese. If it wasn’t for my experience with them I don’t know if I would have wound up where I am today with the confidence that I have.

Movement Conversation Groups was the match that sparked the flame in me and God carried me the rest of the way. My message to anyone with a dream that they keep hidden is to be brave and follow that dream because you never know where it might take you. It might just save your life the way my dream saved mine.

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Jennie, Anginese & Kadeem in Times Square, New York City.

Dance Therapy…Hunh?

I don’t know what to say…
I am a dance therapist and I truly love this title. It took me several years to claim this role and recognize the value of what I do.
Firstly, no one, I mean NO ONE, knows what a dance therapist is. Most people that I have told I am a dance therapist defines this job role as literally the title: I’m a dancer that is also a therapist. Since dance is a physical thing most people assume that dance therapy is teaching someone dance while giving them physical therapy, but this is not what I do. I am a clinician that uses dance as an outlet to explore psychosis. So basically I use dance to learn and support others in understanding the choices they make and how these choices have affected them as well as their relationships.
At first I didn’t really understand the difference between dance therapy and dance. I mean dance itself supports others in having a voice and exploring what that voice is trying to say. Sometimes words are never enough, as it doesn’t always convey what you really want to say. But dance, dance is special in that there is so much to be understood in the way we move.
If you think of the first dance you have ever seen and how it made you feel, whether you loved t, it inspired you, or made you hate dance altogether, it created some kind of visceral feeling that you could not truly put into words, no matter how much you tried. That is the power of dance.
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Anginese Phillips in movement at Harlem Summer Stage.

Dance therapy, however tends to go a little further than just allowing you have those feelings, in that it allows for you to process those feelings and explore where they derive from. There is a reason why seeing a dance made you feel a certain way as well as moving and dancing made you feel a certain way. Dance therapists are able to guide you to those feelings based on the movement and dance created or seen and explore what experience it brings up for you.
Most experiences are body based…What does that mean? Well, it is like muscle memory.
Your body can remember how to ride a bike physically. But your body also remembers how it feels to ride the bike and based off those feelings and experiences whether you would decide ever ride a bike again. So if you can imagine all of the experiences you’ve had in your lifetime, all held in this one vessel, the vessel not only contains those memories but your feelings connected to it. These memories and experiences are what made you who you are without you even really recognizing it. Because of this, you as well as your body react to certain things or resist certain things based on what you’ve learned from your past experiences. This is where dance therapy comes in. A dance therapist can support you in exploring what you may have resistance with based on your movement style and why these resistances have affected your present choices and relationships. Of course dance therapy isn’t for everyone, but it provides a different form of insight that encompasses the entirety of someone’s experiences, verbal and nonverbal. Movement has always been our first language after all. Otherwise how would we understand a baby’s needs besides the fact of the baby crying. We are all beings that first expressed ourselves through movement before verbal language and because of this our bodies tend to communicate more than our mouths do. We just have to take the time to listen.
-Lefty

Monday Blues

Monday.
The day that most people dread.
Going back to work after the weekend to a job that people most likely hate. But hey, it pays. The money is needed to survive.

If the days of the week were people, Monday would be the most hated stepchild of a family.
On an energetic level could you imagine the self-esteem and self-confidence of Monday? Monday would definitely need therapy or an energy healing session to combat the negativity that has been compacted on by years of abuse. Monday is living its life in dirty energy.

Are you living in the dirty energy of Monday? Treating it as a hated step child? What would happen within yourself and everyone around you if you woke up sending Monday positive energy? Would the Monday blues turn into Monday (insert favorite music genre here)?

Full Force dares you to live within the goodness and happiness of Monday. We are all here on a mission and for a reason. Find the truth within and live each Monday successfully and with purpose.

You can make it.

‪#‎EnergyMedicineMonday‬

 

-King

 

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