Everyday Dance Project

The Freebox Everyday Dance Project was a daily dance challenge I made for myself -and I’m thankful to say I completed! It’s 365 days worth of dance videos that I made between December 13, 2009 and December 13, 2010.   You can peruse videos from my 365 days of dance project by visiting my Youtube channel, which as of today, March 2014, has had over 399,000 views.

Here is a video created by my friend and producer, Edward Kramer about the project:

This video is a demo of some of the community oriented dances we did. It was produced about 2/3s of the way through the year long project.

A little bit about the Everyday Dance project and why I started it:

I started these daily dances because (obviously) I had too much time on my hands. As a former competitive ballroom dancer, I was looking for something that could challenge me creatively and artistically. After thinking about it for a few months, I finally woke up one morning in December and thought, “If not now, when?”  At the beginning, I was just hoping to get some exercise, practice my skills as a dancer, give myself a venue to perform and see where else it would take me.

I’m writing this from the perspective of day 113 and so far, I’ve learned a alot about myself and the nature of trust and improv, and even a bit about video editing and social media.  Up to this point this project has cost me nothing but time and about $100 for music and misc. items. Of course, it has taken many hours.  I’m working on a computer that desperately needs repairs, my video camera is woefully outdated and I have no budget for production. What a great gift all of that is! I’m working with what I’ve got and in this “new” economy…I think that’s a great lesson.

The Freebox name came to me when I was working at Esalen Institute. At the Institute, there was a little room we called the freebox where people recycled clothing and stuff. We dropped off things we no longer needed or wanted, and picked up anything that caught our fancy. I always found that whenever I went to the freebox with a clear intention, I’d find the very thing I needed. As I developed my own dance practice and began teaching, I tried to keep that in mind; we need to let go of the things that no longer serve us, and take inspiration wherever we find it. That’s been the case with this project… I’m looking forward to attracting more resources to support the continuous creative expression on these pages.

This project wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for my wonderful husband, Mark’s input and collaboration. He’s a genius…I’m so lucky!

Much of the dancing I do these days doesn’t get captured on video, but I am still dancing everyday. It’s part of my life and I intend to keep it that way.  Thank you for stopping by.

3 responses to “Everyday Dance Project”

  1. liz davis says :

    LOVE THIS I FOUND YOU AFTER LOOKING FOR KC & SUNSHHINE BAND

  2. Tom Chapman says :

    (This is a ‘cc’ from your FB page.)
    Part of your video reminded me of a time I was in Charlotte a few years ago and decided to walk about 2 blocks from the hotel to listen to a live 6 piece band (EC, WC, Shag) I’d been told was terrific. The dance floor was loaded and I saw a guy walk out with a girl who was in a wheelchair. What they did next was not just ‘okay’, but they danced together with ease, skill, and grace. And what also struck me was that while I was trying to learn what he was doing, instead I found myself drawn to her. Point being that what he had so easily accomplished (and they together) was that the woman was ‘the picture’, and that while at first what I had expected to see was two people trying to work around a handicap, it wasn’t to them in the slightest, and how easily that all just seemed to happen, on a crowded floor, in front of a great live band, and oh hey – not a big deal. It reminded me of something Hugh Prather wrote a long time ago, which I always took with me when teaching: “When I criticize someone, I assume they have a choice.” And btw, he wasn’t her only partner, either.

  3. TONY SILVA says :

    Love what you are doing ,keep on dancing!!!! I will try to do the same here in Brazil.
    TONY

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