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Everything Comes to an End.

Dear Loyal Supporters, thank you.

Thank you for the past 6 ½ years of your prayers, well wishes and support. Thank you for watching our performances, whether we were Off-Broadway, on television, live streaming or simply presenting at an open mic. Thank you for taking our classes and workshops. Thank you for dancing with us in the streets of New York City during our Get Up & Move (Flocking) series. Thank you. We are so grateful. But as most things in life, they come to an end.

Full Force Dance Repertory, after 6 ½ years is coming to a close, as a dance company. Starting in January 2017 we will be re-launching as a new organization! Our new mission…

DUALISM: Holistic Wellness + Dance Performance

Our programming will be more dynamic and our resources more modern to fully embody this mission. Not only will we showcase high quality dance performances, but we will help you to become your best self through our highly developed and thoroughly tested classes. Our workshops will incorporate more holistic modalities and we will be offering specialized courses for organizations, corporations and groups. Starting in January 2017 Full is changing as you know it! Come and see what the new Full Force is all about…

Full Force, don’t just take a class. Take your class.

 

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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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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.

Reflections: Itch

Editor’s Note: Recently we did a documentary based on the choreographic process for our piece “Itch.”  We were able to catch up with our dancer Catherine to get her reaction to the choreography and her individual experience. 

Usually I wake up in the morning left with a feeling of what I had dreamed about that night. Elated. Hopeful. Terrified. Violated. Rarely, I will remember the context of what brought on any particular emotion, but usually I wake up with a slight smile on my lips or clammy with sweat and with tears in the corners of my eyes. I have never stopped for longer than a minute in the mornings to think about my dreams before going on with my day as usual. This clearly was not the healthiest way to handle what my subconscious was trying to dredge up on a nightly basis, but I hadn’t found a way to sit down and think about or digest what it was trying to tell me.
One day in rehearsal with Full Force Dance Repertory, Angie started us off with an improv session relating to the theme of dreams and the world we visit while we sleep. She put on some music and we began to move. I remained pretty stationary, imagining that I was asleep in my bed and let my mind begin to wander to the dreamscape that I usually visit at night. Then Angie asked us to repeat the exercise using the same theme. This time I began to move a bit more fully, exploring what it felt like to put my thoughts and nightly experiences into movement through every limb of my body. Angie turned off the lights in the studio and suddenly my body was taking over before I had the chance to register what I was doing. My body started attacking itself, clawing at my skin, throwing myself to the ground, curling up in the fetal position.
After such an intense improv session, I was relieved when Angie suggested sitting in a circle to share our experiences. I sat in silence listening to my fellow dancers as I tried to put into words what I had just realized about my nightly experience: My subconscious is a vengeful thing, it likes to torture my body and mind while I am in a vulnerable state, unable to defend myself. After sharing my struggles and listening to my peers’ unique experiences, we began to choreograph the piece that is now known as “Itch”.
That first improv session is pretty indicative of my entire process throughout the creation and rehearsal of the piece. This was the first time that I delved into such a deeply personal and private subject matter through dance. This was the first time that I had the opportunity to tell my true story through choreography. The safe space of Full Force rehearsals opened all of us up to the opportunity of expressing the most private realm of our dreams through the physical manifestation of movement. Each time that I perform “Itch”, I finish the piece rocking back and forth on the floor, panting for breath, and drained of my emotional baggage that my subconscious usually uses as fodder for nightly torture. I am very lucky and grateful to have had this chance to explore, through my language of dance, an aspect of my life that has clearly affected me greatly, but that I never took the time to recognize before Angie and Kadeem gave me the space to do so.