Day 359 – Dancing with myself…

Good old Billy Idol! I was at an audition this morning and this song was playing in the casting room. I heard it and wondered how many other totally great and totally obvious songs there are out there waiting for me to remember them! I mean some days I struggle to find songs and then here I am almost a whole year into the project and just now dancing to this great tune.

Mark and I drove around looking for a good location – hoping to find a crowd of people – it’s not that easy to do on a weekday downtown, so we settled on this overpass on Baltimore. I think the people driving by were sufficiently confused because Mark was a long way away for most of the shoot and I really did look like I was dancing with myself and myself alone :-).

Day 358 – Happy Feet in the new Plaza Wellspring

We met up with Linda Puthoff today, owner of Plaza Wellspring – where I’ll be teaching some classes in the new year – and she was totally up for a dance with Mark and myself. I love her space and I’m very excited to offer some workshops there in the new year. We danced to “Love City” by Moby and Sly and the Family Stone.

Day 357 – Keep movin’

It was supposed to be 50 degrees and sunny in Kansas City this morning, so when I woke up and it was 30 and foggy, I wondered how many people would show up to dance at the Liberty Memorial. {Quote from Molly’s comment – Liberty Memorial where we house The National World War I Museum, the only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences.}

Was I surprised when we got there and people were already waiting! It was super cold but 30 people came out and we had a blast. Everyone was so happy and we had a great time. I was amazed how well everything went.

Fox news came out too here’s a link to the segment they did about us on tonight’s news!

I met a lot of fun, new people today. Thanks so much to everyone who came out. Thanks to KCUR for sharing the good news so people knew what we were doing today.

I think the cold weather made us focus a little bit more closely because how in the world did 30 people who (for the most part) never met each other do all of this in one take? What fun! Fox4 came out to cover the event. And my new friend and local blogger, May, came out. She is doing a 365 day self portrait project and she took today’s picture with us.
This song is called “Get a Move On” and it’s by the artist, Scruff

Day 356 – Un-tapped

I have been secretly practicing my own kind of tap dancing. It isn’t that I feel I need to invent a new style, I just haven’t had money to take classes. So I practice some of what I remember from Sylvania’s FitTap classes (I miss them so much!) and occasionally I watch a video on Youtube. If Sylvania would just come out with some video lessons!!!

Anyway, this is a crazy mix-up from years of making up my own thing – which once I actually put taps on I realized didn’t sound so great – and the things I’ve learned. But mostly my own…I wasn’t too crazy about exposing myself totally just yet, so I played with the editing and I like the jive rhythms I got. I slowed one take down and laid a second take on top in real time with a “sci-fi” effect in iMovie.

This song is Italian Waffle by Mujaji.

Day 355 – Java Jive at my favorite Coffeehouse

I’m feeling a bit better today but didn’t want to venture too far from home or do anything too strenuous. So when Abigail from KC Magazine asked where I wanted to meet for our interview today, I suggested my favorite neighborhood coffee place, the Crossroads Coffeehouse. I called them up and asked if they would dance with me when I got there and Jalene said, sure! This was short, sweet and fun!

This version of the Java Jive is by Fletcher Henderson, The Ink Spots and Cootie Williams.

Day 354 – The Sicky Dance

It was 4:30pm when I got out of bed and could just barely take myself to the couch to get this dance done today. I’m grateful that this cold held off the worst of it til today since I had a great time yesterday with the staff of KCUR. You can listen to the interview here.
I have really no voice today at all. I thought, ok…well this is what’s happening today and that’s what this project is about. Believe it or not, this really took a lot of energy to do :-). I’m going back to bed now to rest up for an interview with KC Magazine tomorrow and the big dance on Saturday at Liberty Memorial. I’m sure I’ll be feeling spry by then and I hope to see you there.

This song is the great Van Morrison singing, “Dont’ Worry About Tomorrow”

353 – Up To Date – The Politics of Dancing

Today I had the privilege of dancing with the good folks at KCUR. I’m actually sitting in their break-room editing and posting this morning’s video so it will be ready when I talk with Steve Kraske on his show, Up To Date in a few minutes. I want to thank everyone who played along with us today – Stephen Steigman, Jabulani Leffall, Ashley Ferguson, Andrea Silenzi, Jill Jordan, Tim Lloyd, Michael Byars, Dan Verbeck, Donna Vestal and even Patricia Deal Cahill (KCUR’s general manager) got into the act!

One thing that I really loved was hearing everyone say, “this is fun, we should do this everyday!” What a great birthday present for me!

Day 352 – J.B. Shout…

This song is the “J.B. Shout” by The JB’s off their album, Funky Good Time: The Anthology. I wanted to do something in front of the windows, so I stood on a table to get to the height I needed. Dancing 4 feet off the ground on a 2.5′ square table makes the boundaries of movement pretty clear. I wasn’t in the mood to try my luck with spins and so it made for a groovy go-go style dance. Fun.J.B. Shout

Day 351 – Guateque Campesino

I still have a cold today. I’m feeling better, but now I’ve given it to Mark too…so both of us are limping around a bit. We did manage to get a decent yoga practice in then I turned on the camera and zipped off this dance. I was dancing to El Desierto by Lhasa, but it got stripped by YouTube. So the song that’s on it now is Guateque Campesino by Gidon Kremer off the album, Mas Cubana.

Day 350 – Angel

I started feeling not-well yesterday and woke up with a sore throat and feeling pretty fatigued today. I hesitate to say that I have a cold or flu because it’s been so long since I have had a bug. I’ve woken up a few times with a sore throat, and always seem to be able to will it away. So I got dressed and we headed over to the Nelson Atkins to video this dance. I was not in the mood to move. I imagined that I would sort of sway and shift weight or something. Once the camera started rolling…this dance came out. I could barely hear the music….but it all really worked. There is a kind of magic in committing to something. I don’t know how it works, but I feel pretty sure that it does.

Mark said to me in the car that I should make sure to mention in my blog that there are many days that getting a dance posted has been really difficult. I told him that I’m sure I’ve mentioned it a few times – which if you’ve read for a while you probably know. It’s never the dancing that’s hard, it’s having to post something private for public consumption everyday. And I’ve done it without any resources, very little support (Mark has been unbelievably supportive) and virtually no budget. So many days, I have to overcome the question in my mind, “what am I, crazy?” The answer of course is yes. But aside from that, I have to believe that there are lessons still yet to be revealed and that my mission to get people to “sit less and dance more” has touched at least one person. That does make it worthwhile, though not any easier. This song, Angel, by Sarah McLachlin expresses a lot of what I feel.