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Five Top Things To Do This Weekend in Boston – May 6-7

Oh, weekend already is it??? Wow, time flies fast these days!

But, the weekend will pass even faster… so make the most out of it!

This weekend is even more packed with awesome art, fun, and dance events in Boston…

my team and I had a hard time choosing our fave this time, but we promised we’d give you 5 each week to make things easier for you…

So, here they are:

May 6th & 7th, This Weekends Top Dance Events in Boston

Top Dance Event #1

From the Horse’s Mouth at the Dance Complex

Performed by the Julie Ince Thompson Theatre, “From the Horse’s Mouth” is this year’s celebration of Boston’s rich dance history and the long year existence of the Dance Complex within the scene.

This is an improvisational performance which brings together dancers of all ages and genres to creatively share their own dance stories with the audience.

Now, how’s that for freedom and creativity!? Don’t miss this if you love getting inspired by creative and unconventional performance ideas.

Video: From the Horse’s Mouth directed by Tina Croll and James Cunningham

When: Saturday, May 6th at 8 pm & Sunday, May 7th at 7 pm

Where: The Dance Complex, Cambridge, MA

Get Tickets: http://fromthehorsesmouth.bpt.me/

Top Dance Event #2

Sankofa – “Call Time” at the Williams College

“Stepping forward by looking back” is the way this creatively striking step dance form is represented.

The step team of the Williams College was originally founded back in 1996. The two founding dancers combined beats and dance moves of the South African Gumboot, the military drill, West African Dance, and Hip-Hop.

Today, the latest dancer set-up continues to combine different dance styles, music, and even voice to inspire and amaze the audience with their unique energy and creativity.

Okay, we’re already wanting to go to both of the dance events mentioned so far…

Like, how can we miss these inspiring events which embody our favorite terms “Creativity Freedom” and “Creativity with no boundaries”?

Video: Sankofa Closing Set – 11th Annual Steady Steppin’ Forward Step Competition

When: Saturday, May 6th at 8 PM

Where: Williams College ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown, MA

Get Tickets: https://62center.williams.edu/events/sankofa-6/

Top Dance Event #3

Fundraiser for MetaMovements Salsa In the Park 10th Anniversary

A whole program of events has been planned by MetaMovements to kick off the 10th year Anniversary of Salsa In The Park, coming in June.

Among the variety of scheduled events this weekend, are; TIMBAerobics, Latin Logic with Timba Lines, MetaMovements Dance Party and Spontaneous Celebration After Dark to Wake Up The Earth, Salsa Sunday with DJ Rob Suave. Visit the Salsa In the Park website for more information.  

Video: MetaMovements – Salsa In The Park Boston Part II 2012

When: Saturday Afternoon and Evening, May 6th and Sunday Evening May 7th through rest of May and June.

Where: May 6th – Wake Up The Earth Festival Sun Stage and  Spontaneous Celebrations, Jamaica Plain. May 7th –  Ryles Jazz Club, Cambridge.

Get Tickets: Afternoon program is FREE. Evening program is a minimum $10 donation at the entrance.

Top Dance Event #4

Belly Dance Workshop with Jaclyn Barzvi at Acorn Yoga, Brighton

Belly dancing is a very healthy form of dance and fitness. As well as helping improve the overall physical endurance, belly dancing also improves digestion and flexibility.

If belly dancing is your style, or you’ve always wanted to learn to do belly tricks and hip swirls, then this is the highlight of your weekend.

The workshop will be taught by Bostons beautiful belly dancer and teacher Jaclyn Barzvi.

During the belly dancing workshop with Jaclyn Barzvi at the Acorn Yoga studio in Brighton, you’ll get to learn about the ancient cultures and traditions which were the source of this old art form. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn the belly dancing techniques and advanced moves if you’re feeling ambitious.

To really make it a full experience, you will be given a hip scarf for dancing and you’ll learn a full belly dance choreography.

Video: Belly Dance Madness – Jaclyn Barzvi – UMass Amherst

When: Sunday, May 7th, 2 – 4 PM

Where: Acorn Yoga, Brighton, MA

Get Tickets: http://www.acornyoga.org/bellydancing-with-jackie/

Top Dance Event #5

Generations in Dance and Song by West Medford Senior Club

Storytelling through dance and creative movement performed by the Back Pocket Dancers dance troupe from Cambridge. The dancers will be accompanied with jazz music, instruments and vocals.

The stories of resilience, freedom, and friendship are told out loud by the dancers themselves, who are at the same time an integral part of the story being told.

It’s interesting to mention that one of the dancers of the Back Pocket dance troupe is 94-year old Dorothy Elizabeth Tucker, who is also a resident of the West Medford Senior Center.

Video: Back Pocket Dancers

When: Saturday, May 6th at 3 PM and at 7:30 PM

Where: Medford Senior Center, 101 Riverside Ave. Medford, MA

Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/generations-in-dance-and-song-tickets-33155720653

Don’t forget that you can kick-off your weekend days at our mobile dance classes where I get down with you for some Party Dance 101 and Hip-Hop for beginners. Or Krump your Sunday away with Ashton aka Stackz…

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|INFOGRAPHIC| 10 Ways Dance Improves Child Health

|INFOGRAPHIC| 10 Ways Dance Improves Child Health

Helping your child stay healthy and happy doesn’t have to be all about rigorous healthy and activity schedules.

Eating healthy and having a stable schedule is important for helping your child acquire healthy habits and stay healthy.

But nurturing happiness is also important.

What another way can you help your child do all that and have fun at the same time, but with dancing!

The benefits of dance are huge, especially for children.

Here’s a cool infographic which will help you learn how much dance really helps your child improve health and well-being.

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|INFOGRAPHIC| Private Schools vs Public Charter Schools

|INFOGRAPHIC| Private Schools vs Public Charter Schools

As parents, we all want what is best for our children. Choosing the right school isn’t just a one aspect approach. There are lots of things to consider.

Recent trends show that schools which get best results are public charter schools and private schools.

But this is still debatable. There are a number of things we have to consider when choosing a school. But as it is human, we all have different viewpoints and family values.

Some of us put the highest priority on a school’s educational program, whereas some of us put more priority on the school’s culture and the environment.

Yet there are other factors that affect our choice of school. So we’ve come up with an Infographic, which will help you consider some of the general differences between these two types schools, public charters, and private schools.

Hope it helps!

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What is dance therapy?

What is dance therapy? by Carl Alleyne

For thousands of years, humankind has been dancing and moving to a rhythm to express different emotions and states.

Although dancing is mostly considered an art form, history and evidence show that it is much more than that.

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Ancient Dancing Gif

In many countries and tribes worldwide, dance and movement have been the main part of rituals for healing illnesses, in rituals for birth and death, for worship, and celebration or mourning.

Since the history of humankind can be traced and until this day, dance is used to support the emotional, mental and physical functions of the human body.

Dance is more than an art form, it is a form of self-expression and communication.

This is why I like to talk so much about the Move Creatively Philosophy and why I repeat, time and time again, that dance really did change my life.

The Establishment of Dance Therapy

The philosophy that speaks of dance transcending art form was being developed during the 1930’s and 1940’s. But, dance as therapy was officially established in the 1950’s. To begin with, DMT was established in the US, but soon enough it spread out to Europe (especially United Kingdom) and Australia. 

The founder of what today is known as Dance/Movement Therapy or DMT in the US was Marian Chace; a pioneer and legend of dance therapy.

The ADTA (American Dance Therapy Association) was established in 1966, with Marian Chace as the first president. In Australia, the DTAA and in Europe the EADMT were officially established in 1994.

In the UK, DMT is known as DMP or Dance Movement Psychotherapy. DMT programs are done in sessions, usually in surroundings such as schools and clinics.

Dance Therapy can treat a variety of psychological and physical disorders. Recent research studies are showing more and more proof of this. A number of these studies can be found in the “American Journal of Dance Therapy”.

Dance as therapy for children

Dance therapy promotes physical and mental well-being, especially in young children. Dance should be an integral part of a healthy child development program because it teaches children to express their emotions, develop emotional regulation, learn self-expression, gain self-awareness, learn social skills and empathy, and much more.

You can also check out my post on benefits of dance for children where I talk about the experiences that I’ve found through my work and research as a dance and movement coach.

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Ted Shawn Dance Quote

A good number of schools in Greater Boston have realized the value and the therapeutic effects dance has on children. This is why Boston Mobile Dance Studio is present at schools such as the Lexington Montessori School and the Adams Montessori School.

BMDS is highly respected for the dance and movement teaching approach to children.  Would you like Boston Mobile Dance Studio to come to your school?

What does dance therapy look like?

A DMT session, as practiced in the US, and approved by the ADTA, consists of 4 stages. These are:

  1. preparation,
  2. incubation,
  3. illumination,
  4. and evaluation.

Dance therapy sessions are carried out by DMT, certified professionals (Dance/Movement Therapists) who have studied this field in depth. A DMT is qualified not only in dance but also in psychotherapeutic aspects.

DMT looks at the interconnection of the mind and body because when one part of an individual is neglected or abused, imbalances and psychological disorders start to occur.

Individuals are encouraged to express their inner states through a DMT session and the therapist is there to guide and help realize and define behavioral patterns. The end result being self-awareness, clarity, emotional release, and self-confidence.

Effects of dance on the overall well-being

DMT is carried out by professionals in the field, especially in cases of psychological disorders.

But dance as a form of activity, without the psychotherapeutic part in the process, is also extremely useful for the overall well-being of any individual.

Taking part in social dancing and dance classes has a number of positive effects on an individual. In fact, I carried out some research and I interviewed members of the BMDS creative community. Then, my team and I wrote a case study on the move creatively philosophy. The results were very encouraging.

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Agnes de Mille Dance Quote

Besides being an emotional and distressing outlet, we found a growing trend of people who look at dance as a tool in self-development. This was a really exciting find for me, as this is what my vision of the Boston Mobile Dance Studio is about. Moving creatively, to live a creative and fulfilled life.

Boston Mobile Dance Studio encourages everyone to Move Creatively. Would you like to start moving creatively?

How to boost productivity when you’re all over the place

As someone who sometimes wishes a day would last longer than 24 hours, I have to continually keep finding ways of maximizing my time during the day.

Thing is, I’m an entrepreneur and an artist. I’ve got my business, Boston Mobile Dance Studio where I also teach, I have my band the Beantown and I’m the founder of the BeanTown Lockers.

Additionally, I’m a proud father of 3 awesome little munchkins. So, all in all, using my time productively during the day is crucial for me. I’m always looking for ways to boost productivity, and every little tip really helps.

I’m always looking for ways to boost productivity, and every little tip really helps.

First of all, I’m going to guide you through the tactics and habits that I use to boost productivity and make my day more productive.

But let me tell you something before going further. The biggest change I’ve experienced in my productivity is after reading the book “Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod.

Getting up early in the morning and implementing my Miracle Morning routine has helped me organize my day better. It’s helped me clear my mind and find clarity for the rest of the day and the upcoming tasks.

Don’t sit down all the time

When working at my desk, I don’t sit down. I’ve placed my laptop on a high desk shelf so that I’m standing while working in front of the screen. I’ve found that this helps me keep my energy flow moving and the strain on my back is minimized.

Define time blocks of working

Some people find that working in 90-minute blocks makes them most productive. After these 90 minutes, you should take a 15-minute break. But this brake needs to be something useful, not surfing the web, scrolling through Facebook or something not so useful.

These 15 minutes should be used for a useful activity such as going for a walk, doing some exercise, meditating or having a healthy snack.

I usually work in 2-hour blocks during which I time myself. I time every 10 minutes in which I drink 30 sips of water.

Hydrating with water is crucial for the whole body and for the brain. It also helps in reducing stress, keeping the body balanced and energized. I also make 10-minute breaks to do some exercises such as neck rolls, push ups, etc.

You can always try the Pomodoro Technique to boost productivity, which has been proven as very effective.

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Pomodoro Technique for boosting productivity

Having a healthy sleep pattern

It’s important to have a healthy sleep pattern. Sleep is crucial for the brain. Lack of sleep causes lowered concentration levels, increases stress, and causes burn out.

Although it may not be possible to go to bed early in some situations, I try to make it my goal to go to bed by 11 pm. This way I can get enough sleep to be able to get up at 4:00 am.

When I gig with my band, I get home very late so I don’t go to bed before 2 am, in these cases I sleep in unless it’s necessary to get up early. I also try to take power naps during the day if I didn’t get enough sleep during the night.

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Sleep well and boost productivity

Balancing work and life

I’m a family man. So even though I have a day full of projects and responsibilities, I do my best to take time off. I spend my evenings with my family, I take time off to go out with my wife and my kids. I love going to the movies because it really helps me detach from the fast paced and sometimes very stressful work situations. Spending simple moments with my wife, laughing and joking around helps me remember that life should be enjoyed and not taken so seriously.

Balancing work and life is really important for boosting productivity. Failing to balance these two will not only cause decreased productivity, but it will also eventually cause burnout.

Continuous learning

As someone with many roles and responsibilities, I’ve truly experienced the importance of learning. You should never believe that you’ve learned everything you need to know.

Failing to develop and expand your knowledge and skills will make you unproductive in all areas of your life. There’s always something to learn.

For me, I’m always looking to learn more as an entrepreneur and as an artist. I love listening to audio books, especially while driving my car. I drive a lot, so I try to use this time constructively.

I love the way Brian Tracy puts it:

The second part of continuous learning is for you to listen to audio programs in your car. Audio learning has been described as the most important advance in education since the invention of the printing press.

Boost productivity by listening to music

Music can enhance all areas of our work and life. But it’s important to choose this music carefully.

Different genres and frequencies have different effects on the brain. Energetic and fast music with fast beats or lyrics should be avoided during mental activities.

As a performer and a natural introvert, being too hyped up tires me emotionally and mentally. So, I prefer to listen to classical music during mental work, it helps me relax and focus.

Whereas during active work such as rehearsals, dance classes and workouts I listen to energetic music. This helps me maintain my energy, motivation, and creativity.

And that would be that from me, my dear friends. I hope you’ve enjoyed this read and that it will help you boost your productivity.

Try some of these things and tell me how it goes, I’d love to hear your opinions.

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