It’s been a whirlwind since we returned from Germany! The first week back we had our April Tap Into Transformation, which was a fun evening filled with powerful expressions of our bodies, minds and spirit. The inspiration for the creation of the Archangel choreography for that evening came to me in the shower! I have learned that water can be a great connection point for the spirit realm to communicate with us. After teaching everyone this inspiring archangel tap dance that evening and explaining how it came to me, I was (jokingly, I think) asked by one participant if they could use my shower sometime!
It was only two counts of 8, but it was intense, powerful, and fun! We did it over and over, which allowed the energy of the movements to really sink into our bodies. These are steps that one can do anytime (within reason, of course) when they want to feel the power and energy of this mighty and commanding angelic presence. The group was so affected by that night’s Archangelic presence that we started creating our own group Angelic Tap Prayer! Everyone left the evening ready to share this love, power and inspiration with the world.
Two days later Jeannine and I gave a presentation at the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Denver. We presented our new choreography for the upcoming July performance of Feathers On The Breath Of God at the Bas Bleu Theater in Ft. Collins, CO. This choreography continues the Archangelic theme with me playing Archangel Michael. Jeannine said people came to her after the presentation and were so impressed by my performance that they referred to me as “the Archangel!” I think people love to see tap dancing in person and it is rare these days to find, especially in smaller local venues.
May will continue to be a busy month, as we have started rehearsals for Feathers On The Breath Of God, which opens in July at the Bas Bleu Theater in Fort Collins, CO.
Also, I will be lecturing at the University of Colorado (Boulder) on May 21, in the sociology department. Dr. Eleanor Hubbard, who has been teaching there for over 30 years, read the article written about me in the Boulder newspaper, The Daily Camera. She purchased my book, I’m a Black Man, Who Are You? and has invited me to speak to her class. I have been asked to share my own story in relation to her groundbreaking course, Whiteness Studies, which uses critical race theory to explore white as a race. I am lecturing on the effects of racial prejudice and discrimination and how it affects identity development, individual mindset and perspective relative to the world. It will be on Tuesday, May 21st, from 12:30pm–3:30pm. in the sociology lecture hall.
Jeannine and I will also be traveling back down to Denver to present at St. Paul’s Methodist Church on May 19th. Jeannine will be presenting Hildegard’s Traveling Exhibit at the 5 pm service, which has a Buddhist congregation, and we will tap dance to Psalm 91. I created the arrangement for Jeannine’s beautiful melody, and we are enjoying being able to move our bodies and feet to such amazing words.
We had 19 people attend and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us! We had a sombrero for the Mexican hat dance, margaritas and tap shoes for all! We used it as a way to connect to our own celebration of life, freedom and the acknowledgment of our own courage, bravery and triumphs. Cinco de Mayo celebrates an unexpected victory by a greatly outnumbered Mexican force over a French army that hadn’t been defeated in 50 years.
This victory has grown to become a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Since that Battle of Puebla in May of 1862, no country in the Americas has been invaded by any other European military force. We have all benefited from the bravery and commitment to freedom of those warriors.
• What battles have you won that no one thought you would win?
• When have you been outnumbered only to come out victorious?
• What battles are you facing now and who is fighting with you?
I hope you can join us next month for our June theme of: Get out of the frying pan, and into the fire!
With One Heart,