Tap Into Transformation, October




October 2, 2015   7:00 – 9:00 pm

Viriditas Studio

4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65

Boulder, CO 80304

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Make different; Reshape, refine
like life events such as menopause and death.

What changes are you in the midst of? Bring them to this month’s Tap Into Transformation, and we will dance into them. As we experience the changes we ask our bodies to do in tap dancing we will add grace, beauty, and joy to even the most difficult changes we may be going through. We will play with our feet, laugh and dive into our souls as we allow the tap dancing to add its gifts to our… changes.

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Join husband and wife duo Dr. Jeannine Goode-Allen and Dr. David Sharp in an evening of transformational song, poetry and tap dancing in our gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio in North Boulder. You will laugh, smile and stomp your feet while feeling the joy of moving your body and opening your heart to awe, wonder, beauty, gratitude and more.

Our world so needs each of us to step out onto the stage of life and make manifest our great potential. Experience us as we pave the way to do this by exhibiting the power of creativity in Action through our spectacular and fun gifts.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, in a creative community, to acknowledge and share your own gifts, or be inspired to dive into new ones! We will teach you tap steps, and with these tools, we will journey into our hearts to explore and celebrate the human journey, honor its triumphs and challenges, and spark new breakthroughs in the art of living. We will create rhythms, poetry, prayers and praise with our feet, our voices and our bodies, individually and as a group.

This month we will dance to David Bowie’s song… “CHANGES!”

To Reserve Tickets:
1.888.612.8189 or www.viriditasllc.com
$15.00 admission     $10.00 students

No experience necessary and we provide the tap shoes!

Power For Life Now, September Newsletter


The September, Tap Into Transformation was themed around the sentiment of how to embrace and then get out of the blues when you have them. We used David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” as our inspiration.

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In the second half of the evening, after a wonderful meal…we embarked on an exercise of drawing what our “blues” feels like and looks like on one side of the paper… and what it might look like turned into joy on the other side. It was a very creative exercise that allowed us to explore our internal spaces deeply. The very special part for me was the courage with which our participants explained their own picture to the group, and the depth of sharing.  This is where compassion and camaraderie make its power felt… and the result is that it helps all of us to grow. Thank you all for making the night so special!

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Lastly, we placed the pictures in a symbolic ocean, which you see below here as a blue, round netting. Then we tap danced around our blues… again giving a powerful witness that even as we all go through them… they do not have to define us, or confine us!

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As we head into fall… I leave you with this recent summer picture I took on highway 36 driving into Boulder. Many people, like me, pulled off to the side of the road to capture this incredible display of wonder. May it inspire us in the days and months ahead.

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May you have power for life, now!




Idea Avalanche


My father use to tell me that when I got an idea, I could be sure that I was not the only one to get that same idea.  He believed ideas developed out of our common humanity… and were in the air; out in the ethers, and that we humans are like antennas, able to pick up the transmission. The question was always who is going to pick up the idea and DO something with it?

Have you ever “received” an idea, and later learned that someone had “taken” your idea and turned it into a moneymaker?

How did that make you feel?

Well, I have had a number of these. My latest is that for many years I have been dancing on a bicycle. As a former Broadway stage dancer, and still tap dancer, I was always bored with just riding an indoor bike; and for that matter, just running on a treadmill, or moving boringly back and forth on an elliptical glider. I set out to transform my own workout, and developed creative ways to use those machines that made working out a lot more fun. I even bought a bike and treadmill, placed them in my garage and had a field day exercising in private. I tried doing this in gyms but always felt self-conscious. When I was Editor-In-Chief of Soul Mag in 2005-2006, I even wrote an article in 2005 about these new ways of using traditional exercise machines.

Okay, you get the gist. Now, jump to present day. I am reading a weekly magazine called The Week, and I read an article about women getting Botox in their scalp because it keeps them from sweating and messing up their hair while working out. The article goes on to point out that SoulCycle is “infamous for killing hair.”

I wondered… “What is SoulCycle?”

Well, now I know. It is a company started by two women in 2006 who had the same thought I had. This is only a year after I had my article printed in a magazine! Yep, they stole my idea!

Of course, I say that in jest, but it does shed light on the reality that ideas are in the air, and no one has exclusive rights on tapping into the pulse of cultural evolution or what the marketplace is ready for in terms of new products and ways of doing things, including exercise.

The great surprise for me was in reading the story of SoulCycle. Just two people who wanted to have more fun on an exercise bike. Instead of it feeling like hard work, they wanted it to be inspiring. They put their heads together, and made a business plan. They committed to making the idea happen not only for themselves, but for others. They bet on the fact that they weren’t the only ones who felt this way. I did my work out in secret thinking I was the only one crazy enough to do this. Boy was I wrong! And this has been going on for nearly ten years… and I didn’t know.

Where do ideas come from? Sometimes from need… sometimes from inspirational moments, or a stroke of genius. Or, sometimes, it is the normal development of something already in use.

The point is… what ideas do you have that may be useful in the world, that are still waiting for you to do? There is something called the idea avalanche. It is the reality that some people get tons of ideas, and then get stuck as to what to do. And of course, the opposite is true, some people have few ideas, and so latch on to the one or two… and run with it. And of course, some people’s ideas get discovered after the person has died, and someone else implements their idea and makes millions.

Humans are a rare creation on this planet, in that we can have ideas at all. Perhaps the Divine has given this gift as an inspiration and challenge to us all. As so many in the world struggle, others are inspired with ideas that are designed to help. We are never without a way to make a way out of no way, no matter how dire our situations are.

Ideas are visions of what could be. They are the magic in the mind before we see it in the world. If you have seen any of your ideas brought into the world without you… do not be dismayed, depressed or tempted toward apathy or cynicism. Look at the ideas you still have… that you have not seen done… or not seen done like you see them. You still have the power within you to GO FOR IT.

Okay, so my exercise ideas have been marketed. Great. Sometimes things show up when we least expect it, to give us a boost… a wake up call… and a challenge, to keep going, until one of our brilliant ideas gets out there.

So, come on idea people… get that business plan going and manifest that unique thing… before someone else does. Or, you’ll be left writing an article… like this one.

May you have…  Power For Life, Now!




Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths, September

I began creating what I call Sharpettes over 30 years ago. As a speaker and writer they became my own way of sharpening my understanding of the meaning, power, and energy of a single word. I am sharing them publicly now in hopes that you will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

The first line is the word.
The second line defines or describes the word twice, 4 syllables for each attempt. You may place a comma or semi-colon between each attempt. So, the second line has a total of 8 syllables.
The third line is a simile. It always begins with the word “Like”, and paints a picture of the word in 10 or 11 syllables.

On some Sharpettes the 4th or 5th syllable of the third line will rhyme with the word on the first line itself. This can yield another insight into the word chosen, and provides a unique and fun poetic challenge.



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Round like apples, deep as a cup
Like a container that liquid cannot fill.


Annie Ruth’s Truths are my renderings of folk wisdom and country common sense, gained from a lifetime of listening to my mom, who has a unique way with words, as well as a witty, joyous and playful attitude to go with it! Always fun or sassy, they tell the truth and can make you laugh, shake your head and go “Hmph!” or even make you shout, “Whaaat?!”

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Annie Ruth & David

“What’s round as an apple, deep as a cup…but the Mississippi River can’t fill it up.”

Answer: a strainer