by OneDanceTribe

Musings from master teacher Arjuna Vinn Martí

“As we stay home
without seeking anything from the dance,
without trying to make something happen,
and, instead, we keep the channels open, 
the channels of awareness
to the present moment movement,
the channels of participation
to respond and reflect inspiration
of another’s expression,
we will discover 
that the dance will reveal itself”.

The conscious dancer pays little heed to doing, organizing, or figuring anything out. This dancer is intrigued with the rising and falling of each moment. This dancer nourishes on the appearing and vanishing of gesture and grace, and cultivates deep gratitude for being in motion. This dancer situates in that space of grace where creativity summons itself to bear the fruit of expression as it yields to the fading moment.

The conscious dancer realizes that dance is never for the faint hearted or timid. You don’t show up to the dance floor seeking answers, fulfilling personal agendas, or making statements, you show up with the inquisitiveness of an intrepid traveler, uncertain as to what is around the bend and excited to step beyond and discover what is there. This dancer possesses the confidence to hold the gaze of impermanence and invites it to accompany a duet in the swirl of unconditioned meaning.

The conscious dancer enters the floor from the viewpoint that every belief held about dance must go. Fixed ideas about how it should look, what it will mean, fears of losing it, the ideal conditions necessary for it to develop, who should and should not be a partner, or how it will make for a better person are impediments to the realization of cascading gestures that are always arriving and departing. It is that recognition of impermanence that the dance offers as its depth of learning. To be relaxed in the vanishing moments is the great dance I remain devoted to learning.

The conscious dancer does not have to be taught how to dance; instead, the removal of blocks to the inherent dance becomes the learning. Some of the more common blocks can include body stress, mental anxiety, and heart numbing fear of the unknown. The experience of this dancer who has had each of those impediments in varying degrees even after a life-long experience in the dance is that the relaxation of these blocks are supported as I place myself squarely in the dance. I learn the value of participation without story judgments.

I enter a field of conscious dance and I suspend beliefs around creativity, grace, and dance that have accompanied me throughout.  I learn the value to just participate in the manner and degree I can in each movement moment. I am enough; I am a necessary unique voice in the body choir of the moment.

I recognize the fluid nature of each moment to invent itself, express itself, and then to vanish like the last breath. I open the doors of experimentation and play, I hear what I hear as sound and I give it shape and I enter into dialog. I notice any tendencies to contrive responses and give myself full permission to dance ugly and drool as I follow the lead of a dance that has been dancing me throughout the ages.

Vinn Arjuna Martí
Artistic Director/Designer of Soul Motion, a conscious dance practice

ABOUT ARJUNA VINN MARTI
Founder SoulMotion™

Arjuna Vinn Marti onedancetribe soul motion

Arjuna will offer an in-depth experience at the next OneDanceTribe Hawaii event January 19-25, 2017 on Maui, Hawaii. 

Arjuna Vinn Martí is an award-winning choreographer, global performer, master teacher and creator of SoulMotion™ a conscious dance practice and has been teaching movement for over 35 years. He found his life’s calling at a young age and in the process of following his path, has evolved a transformative movement practice that has touched the lives of thousands.

“Whether running in circles in the schoolyard or circling partners at Catholic youth dances in the Bronx; these were a few of the places I experienced freedom and aliveness. Years performing provided a deep understanding of how to clearly occupy space. Time spent as a storyteller informed me how to speak with presence. Years spent working with young children informed me about patience. Later in my dance career I met Gabrielle Roth and I knew then that I no longer wanted to dance for people, but rather with them. This is what I offer. Freedom. Aliveness. Presence.”

soulmotion.com

OneDanceTribe HAWAII

Camp Keanae, Maui, Hawaii
January 19-25, 2017

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About OneDanceTribe
OneDanceTribe is an international community of people practicing conscious movement as a pathway for personal and global transformation. It is a portal to a unified field where teachers and dancers of different modalities and walks of life come together to celebrate the power of Moving as One.

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Musings from master teacher Arjuna Vinn Martí