The June, Tap Into Transformation was a wonderful evening. Our participants enjoyed dancing to Meatloaf’s “Out of the frying pan and into the fire” and tapped into their passions (the fire) creating steps that reflected their deep joys.
One of the things Jeannine and I are seeing in our Tap Into Transformation event is that people are having breakthroughs; going beyond current limitations. Any breakthrough, small or large expands your soul. Like a ship on the ocean, one degree of change in course alters the course and destination of that ship. One positive change in our lives can transform the arc of our destiny.
We have completed our eighth event and there is a wonderful mix of people who attend regularly and new people attending for their first time. The joy we see on the faces is so fulfilling and reaffirms our commitment to creating this event.
We ended the evening with a viewing of the short film “By This Kiss” produced by my wife, Jeannine. You can enjoy viewing the film here. It was fun to act in a movie again!
Teaching at CU was quite a privilege. I was supposed to lecture for an hour, but I ended up lecturing for two hours because the professor saw that the students were really enjoying what I was offering. The students made it easy for me to share my most vulnerable experiences and received the wisdom and insights offered with open hearts, and lots of
questions! Toward the end of my lecture I told them that their willingness to take the class on “Whiteness Studies” bodes well for their ability to change the world in a positive way.
Feathers on the Breath of God is now in full rehearsal mode and we’re looking forward to moving into the Bas Bleu Theater on July 15th and opening the show on July 18th. Click here to purchase your tickets now.
On June 11th, I had an opportunity to tap dance with the Kutandara Marimba Band. It was an experiment to see how tap dancing sounds with the wonderful singing wood of the Marimba. It was quite exciting to hear this mix of percussive sounds! I so enjoyed the joyous melodies and syncopated, polyrhythmic music. It made me tap with inspired and expressive delight.
An added surprise was the attendance of a famous musician and teacher from Zimbabwe, Jacob Malufemi. At one point when the band took a break it was just Jacob on the congas and me with the taps. We created a soaring spontaneous duet of intricate, speed of light rhythms. As a long time tap dancer it was one of the highlights of my career to dance alongside this master African drummer. I think the experiment of the beautiful sounds of the marimba and tap was a complete success! Stay tuned.
The theme for the July Tap Into Transformation is LETTING GO… So you can rock!
We’ll be tap dancing to music from the 50’s, especially the song Rock Around The Clock, and we’ll decorate in Red, White and Blue!
Jeannine and I will provide little boxes so everyone can write what they want to let go of, place it in the box and throw it into the ocean, which will be a blue container in the middle of the floor.
On June 2nd I preached at the church my dad pastored for eighteen years, Westhills Presbyterian Church, in Atlanta, GA. It was a poignant experience to say the least. My mother attended along with both of my sisters, their children and their children’s children! I greatly appreciated the support and also seeing all the members who knew me when I was a youngster growing up in that church. I am now the oldest male Sharp in the Atlanta clan. Wow, how did that happen? After church, the family came over to the house and we had a great “soul food” dinner, played horseshoes in the back yard and laughed and enjoyed each others company. It reminded me of how precious family gatherings can be.
On Sunday, June 9th Jeannine and I visited the Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux Reservation, in South Dakota. It is a Native American reservation the size of Rhode Island. It also happens to be the poorest zip code in the Western Hemisphere next to Haiti. My great grandmother was Cherokee Indian and this was the first reservation I have been on. I felt a deep connection to that part of my DNA being with the Lakota people… a poignant experience to say the least. It happened to be the last day of their bi-annual pow wow, and we got to experience a full range of Native American ceremony filled with dance, music, and colorful dress. It helped to remind me that I am more than the label placed on me as African American. I am Cherokee… and German, too!
It makes you realize that the diving boards of our lives are just that… and that we all are born to dive into the ocean of life. The water in which we all swim is divinity, and we are all a part of that, no matter the suits we wear from our heritages.
With One Heart,