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1-2-3 Should We Dance? (2012.W14)

Bucket Challenge: Experiencing new dancing steps and the philosophy behind!

(Ending Sunday 8th April 2012)

Whether you have two left feet or perfect left and right feet, this week we invite you to explore and try new dancing steps and the cultures embedded within the dance. You may take a one-time only dancing lesson or enroll a short-term program; it is entirely your call! The spirit is to challenge ourselves to (a) learn some new dancing moves; (b) to experience the emotions and techniques of the new dance chosen; and to (c) understand, as well as to appreciate the essences and the sophistication of the new dance.

“It’s only when you start to swift around your feet, you may start to feel the lightness of life.”
~ Author Unknown

There are so many different categories of dances which you may choose one or two to give it a try. For examples :

1. Concert or performance dances like Acro dance, Ballet, Contemporary dance, Flamenco, Modern dance, Contact improvisation, Tap dance…etc.
2. Street dances, Hip-hop & Funk dances, Punk dances, House dances and Rave dances.
3. Traditional Jazz / African-American vernacular dance like Boogie-woogie, Moonwalk, Swing.
4. Passionate Latin dances like Mambo, Rumba, Bolero,Samba (ballroom or Brazilian or Gafieira styles), Jive, Reggaeton, Salsa, Argentine tango, Cha Cha and so on.
5. Historical/Classical dances: Medieval dance, Renaissance dance, Masque, English country dance, Baroque dance, Regency dance and Vintage dance
6. Exotic dances: Bollywood dance, Belly dance and Pole dance…etc.
7. Group dances: Line dance, Folk festival dance.
8. Sacred dances: Ghost dance, Ecstatic dance.

If you have already tried quite a few type of dances and mastered in them, why not try something completely new?! If you just start exploring, then keep on exploring. We are here together to explore and encourage each other! If you are still just thinking about exploring, a word of encouragement, just take actions and go ahead to give a try! There is nothing to lose, but only to gain. To gain insight on one’s own abilities to learn and to adapt to a new skill which requires body co-ordination, leading and be-led qualities, compromising with different partners, as well as enriching and cultivating one’s emotions, aesthetic sophistication.

(Belly Dancer)

I had tried belly dancing once before. To my horror surprise, I learnt the fact that some of the body parts could move individually, i.e. moving the bum without moving the waist, right hip and left hip may be rotated in and outwards separately, abdominal muscles may be divided into four quadrants and each may be moving one after another, what is even more crazy is that the left and right breasts may shake at the different time!! See Sadie Belly Dance 2008, Sadie Belly Dance 1. I tried and found it very interestingly funny and technical. It has made me realize that there are so many muscles which I have, but not using or exploring them at all. What will I be, if I get to use them all?

With different dancing styles, certainly there are different abstract outfits, i.e. emotions, gestures, attitudes and so on, attaching to the dance. For more graceful dances, gestures will be more sophisticated, smooth and elegant; for more passionate dances, a tint of sexual and seduction are inevitable; for street dances and contemporary dances, spontaneity and sense of free spirit are the major traits. Not to mention, for religious worship sacred dances, sincerity, holiness is heavily portrayed.

So, joining us this week challenge and exploring a new dancing experience and find out what is in the dance for you!!

Challenge: Try out a new dance moves
Select a new dance which will challenge your ability

Extra Challenge:

Try out the new dance with your partner or friend

Goals:

To explore and find the emotions within
Time required: 1 hour or more (encourage to do at least 4 lessons x 1 hour)
Energy level: Low to High
Preparation: Just enjoy and have fun!! Be open-minded.

* Currently we are learning Tango as a couple together. So far, it has been quite a challenge for both of us! Not just on self-exploration, but also as a couple! We learn more about each other and how we need to work together as a team. This is definitely a nice exercise for a couple to get to know each other. Try it out yourselves!!


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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Weekly

 

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2012 Week 12 – Buenos Aires, Argentina, Special Bucket Challenges!

Bucket Challenge: 5 Challenges to accomplish while visiting Argentina
(Ending 6th May 2012)

With a new job opportunity, we are going to stay in Buenos Aires Argentina for a month!! It is a great opportunity graced upon us :) It is a new experience for both us, as we have not been to Argentina before, nor any countries located in South America.

We did some homework about the country, places to go, things to do and food to eat! Some information to share below (extracted from Lonely Planet)

Iguazu Falls

Argentina has gorgeous landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and lively culture. It is a traveler’s paradise. It stretches almost 3500km from Bolivia to the tip of South America. It is almost the size of India. There are mountains, waterfalls, glacier and shopping malls! Many opportunities to learn Spanish, tango and get to know the locals. Not to mention delicious steaks and busy night life.

So while we are there in Argentina for a month, we have come up specific bucket challenges for Argentina :) (Actually the fact of being there is already a completion of one long-term bucket challenge of ours!!)

1. Take tango lessons and spend good quality fun time as a couple together!
2. Learn how to speak basic Spanish (at least 200 words)
3. Visit IGUAZU FALLS

Saltenas

4. Take cooking lesson and learn how to make local food (Saltenas)
5. Visit EL CALAFATE and THE PERITO MORENO GLACIER in Patagonia

Patagonia

Want to join us?


 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Long term, Weekly

 

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2012 Week 8 – A new skill!!

Bucket Challenge: Learn something new, something you always wanted to learn.

(Ending Sunday 26th February 2012)

Always wanted to learn a new skill, but you postpone it, because you are lacking time, money or energy? Let’s cut with this crap, please~ It is now or never! Let’s face it: If we don’t find now solution to learn something new, there is very few chance we will ever learn it in the future. Of course there are exceptions, but look at this picture and tell me what’s your excuse? Feeling a little bit ashamed of your own excuses? Don’t worry, we all are. But now it’s time for make up, no more excuses!

I’m sure you all have ideas of things you want to learn. It can be something quite easy like; how to tie a tie or how to cook a special dish. It can also be things more complex, like how to cut your boyfriend’s hair or lock picking. And why not begin to learn a new language or an instrument? It’s never too late. Just give it a try! Sometimes the first step is the most difficult one. This weekly challenge can be the impulse that puts you back on the tracks.

Let’s do it!

Albert Einstein: Once you stop learning you start dying.

Challenge: Learn a new skill.
Missing idea?

Extra Challenge:

Show us what you learn.

Goals:

Prove yourself you can always learn something new and there is no point of waiting.
Time required: 30 minutes to a lifetime
Energy level: Low to High
Preparation: Post in comment what you chose to learn.


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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Weekly

 

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