Tap Into Transformation, June

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This month’s theme:

 

BOLDNESS

June 3, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 pm
At the Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

 

Come step into your boldness as we tap dance to one of the iconic songs of our times! You will smile, laugh and stomp your feet while feeling the joy of dancing to great music while creating rhythms with your feet.

We will teach you tap steps…
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY… AND WE PROVIDE TAP SHOES!

Come join husband and wife tap dancers Jeannine Goode-Allen and David Sharp in their gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio.

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To Reserve Tickets: 1-888-612-8189
Or online at: www.viriditasllc.com

$20 General Admission
$15.00 Students

Power For Life Now, May Newsletter

The May edition of Tap Into Transformation was a lively evening of tap dancing to the Bee Gees song, Stayin’ Alive. As it was Cinco de Mayo we had for our meal Mexican food from Wapos Mexican Cocina. It was beyond tasty! The second half of the evening was about exploring what keeps us staying alive in our everyday lives. What is it that brings us joy and makes us feel the aliveness of life! Answers ranged from hiking the mountains and trails, to laughing… to being conscious of gratitude.

What makes you feel the aliveness of life? What inspires your joy? What is it that makes you grateful for life? What keeps you Stayin’ Alive?

When planning each monthly event Jeannine and I use a combination of things to help us choose the theme. We look at any significant events in the coming month that might suggest a theme. We also use our intuition to see what is bubbling up in us. We then may look at the speed of suggested tunes, its pizzazz quality, and think about the steps we want to teach in light of the steps and patterns and skill level of our participants. We are looking forward to June’s event when we go back to a classic song of the 50’s and a great tune to tap dance to… Mack the Knife. Jeannine and I have had a lot of fun looking at tap dancers and tap dance groups online who have created choreography to this melody. It inspires us to create a new dance, which may include some steps we see as we create our own moves.

Through my company, Power for Life Now, I was invited to lecture at the University of Colorado Boulder on May 19. Sociology professor Eleanor Hubbard invited me to lecture in her Sociology class 317—001 called Whiteness Studies. After reviewing basic sociological concepts for studying race and ethnicity, this class explores white racial identity and its impact on society. I was invited to speak and teach on the African American experience. I had a wonderful, intense and poignant three hours with the brave students who decided to take this class to look at their own race and culture, and its impact in the world. We explored their perspectives regarding African Americans. I told the story of when I first became aware I was part of something called a race. We went from there to explore aspects of race, culture and consciousness. I had them sing with me in a very early Negro singing style, to experience in the body what the soul had produced from the oppression of their life experience. We explored the arts, looking at the history and genesis of Spirituals, jazz, gospel and hip hop musical styles. We courageously discussed stereotypes and why they exist. I offered historical context to help breakdown the baggage of time and race, and to give perspective; even rescuing beautiful gems of meaning and reason from what has become negative perceptions in many minds. It was a profound time with these young souls, to be sure.

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David with Professor Hubbard (pink blouse) and other guests that have come to hear his lecture.

David at front of class preparing to begin lecture at the University of Colorado Boulder.

David at front of class preparing to begin lecture at the University of Colorado Boulder.

David leading the students in a group singing experience.

David leading the students in a group singing experience.

David demonstrating the meaning and power of tap dance as a tool of fostering transformation and creating joy.

David demonstrating the meaning and power of tap dance as a tool of fostering transformation and creating joy.

I have written what I call Sharpettes for many years now. It is a unique system I have developed to help me understand the power of words. Let’s see if you can guess a few. I will give the second and third lines and you tell me the word I am describing. The first Sharpette will be from the easy category… the second from the medium, and the third will be from the hard category. Those who guess correctly will receive a surprise gift for playing. That will be revealed next month. Good luck!

1.____________________
Brings day’s brightness; Lights up the sky
Like a brilliant star shining in the darkness.

2.____________________
Moving to sound; Designed movement
Like a fun way to connect with music.

3.____________________
Courage’s best friend; Bravery’s might
Like that which dies last after all is lost.

As we head on into the warmer days may you enjoy the light and warmth, be inspired by the blossoming of new life, and be nourished by the beauty of life itself.

And may you have Power for Life, Now!
David

Spiritual Lesson from a Pool Float in a Jacuzzi

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This morning, as I do many mornings, I go into the Jacuzzi in our backyard for 15-30 minutes and allow the experience to slowly awaken me. I commune with the water, the grass, the flowers and garden, the trees, the sky and the surrounding mountains. I take in the new day. The sun is hovering at just the right height, shining through the trees; not too hot yet. And there is shade enough, but not so it hides the heat. Half of my body is in the warm water, the top half in the coolness of the air. It is a perfect little paradise. I like to sit in a little pool float and watch it all. I watch nature, even as it watches me in its own way. It is both prayer and contemplation. It is communing with the day and communion as I drink in the beauty and soak in the peace. It is the recognition of grace, of allowing my being to acknowledge, with gratitude, that I am still here.

Today, I found myself contemplating how the float moved in the water. Even without the water jets blasting, the wind moved me around, as I drifted on its breeze. When the jets were turned on, the movements became more intense. I spun and drifted from side to side, sometimes hitting my head against the sides of the pool. I realized that life is a lot like this. It can move us around, bump us up against things, spin us around, and blow us from place to place without us having much say in it.

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Then, I decided I didn’t want all the movement. I wanted more stillness and calm. I placed my legs over the side, in a position where they acted as an anchor. I would still move around a bit, but not near the amount I did without an anchor. The jets were still going, but I was not so affected. It allowed me to enjoy the bubbling of water without the dizziness of the spinning. And when I turned the jets off, I was even more still. Again, it was a moment to realize the parallel to everyday living.

We are all in the waters of life. Many people drift along, being blown here and there, drifting without an anchor, not knowing where we are headed. And when life turns on its jets and bubbles up beneath us, it can be intense. Life can come at us without our permission, so to speak, and present us with situations and circumstances that may be surprising, unwanted, and uncomfortable. Life can spin us around, and we can drift, being pushed around by powers that seem to have us in their control.

It helps to have an anchor. It helps to have an anchor in real boats in real water, and it helps us humans, if we can find an anchor in our lives; one that can keep us more grounded and still; one that can keep us from drifting. Now, most anchors work by digging into the ground beneath the water. I had an imperfect anchor, using my feet against the sides of the small pool. Still, it worked at least enough for me to be inspired in seeing the power of being connected to something that could help me become more still. Being still, I was able to focus more and longer on the magnificent beauty of the trees. I was able to look more deeply into their being and body for any message they may be trying to convey this day. Each created thing is a word about God, and can be used to communicate, as all of life can coalesce to speak to us in a moment. And it did speak. It is the reason I am writing this very blog. I got the message from the water, the float, the trees and mountains, grass and flowers, from the heat and coolness of the sun and breeze, from the spinning and drifting… all uniting in a message of the power of having an anchor.

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For some people their anchor is family. For others it is nature. For others it is their spirituality. There can be as many anchors as there are people. However, some anchors don’t work very well. If one turns to drinking constantly to escape the turmoil of life, they are prone to finding out it does not work very well. Family can be an anchor, but most families have moving parts (called family members) that we cannot control. They are human beings, who have their own life and wills and path. It is hard for a human to be our anchor, as they are in the same water as we are, and made of the same stuff. Some people use exercise as an anchor, going to the gym religiously. Our physical bodies are glorious creations, and we can hone them all of our lives, but they are, after all, going to age. They are prone to injury and sickness and we know they are going to die eventually. They are temporal.

Inviting into your life Divinity… God consciousness – is the only thing I have experienced that is always able to keep me from drifting too far afield from my own self, life work and purpose. I am grounded in a still, transcendent reality, even while on the chaotic sea of life. The divinity within life, that is life – is eternal with no beginning and no end. It is unconditional love and is always there, pouring forth its graces toward us. It is stronger and surer than anything life has in its creative, diverse but impermanent appearances. As an anchor has weight, the weight of Spirit cannot be measured. But it can be experienced when we live its constancy. It can keep us still, keep us calm… no matter how intense the waters of life swirl around us, or bubble up beneath us; no matter how deep the ocean of our burdens may be.

It helps to realize that the very life we live is already anchored in the Giver of life itself. But it is up to us to be conscious of and stay connected to this ANCHOR of life.

And all this from a morning in the Jacuzzi. Hmph!

May you have Power For Life, Now!

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David

 

Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths, May

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.

Enjoy!
David

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glass jar

Glass
See through sand; a clear beach
Like scorched earth becoming windows into life.

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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?!”

Annie Ruth & David

Annie Ruth & David

Discussing a present I bought mom online for her 81st birthday… It was a jar of little notes, each in their own little envelope. There were 31 – she could open one each day and sort of make her birthday last a month. It was sent to her and arrived right on time. Since I only saw pictures of the gift I ordered I had a question for her:

Mom: Oh, David I love the gift you sent me! And I love the jar it came in.
David: Great. So, how tall is the jar?
Mom: Oh, I don’t know.
David: Well, is it a foot tall?
Mom: Who’s foot?

 

 

 

 

Tap Into Transformation, May

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PRESENTS THIS MONTH’S THEME

Stayin’ Alive

 

 

May 6, 2016

7:00 – 9:00 pm

 

Viriditas Studio

4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65

Boulder, CO 80304

ALIVE
Vibrant, boyant; Full of pizzazz
Like dancing with the wings of heaven on your shoes.

 

JGA
Come to the Viriditas Studio and feel what it is like to dance with the wings of heaven on your shoes. What would it feel like to dance knowing you could never lose. Join us and learn that the way you move is God’s gift to you and the world. Authentic movement is not only what we teach but what the world needs. Come and tap into the authenticity that keeps us all STAYIN’ ALIVE!  DS

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, rhymes, celebration and joy with our feet, voices and bodies. And we will deepen insights into our personal journeys through reflection, contemplation and conversation.

tap shoeCome join us… husband and wife duo Dr. Jeannine Goode-Allen and Dr. David Sharp. We are performers and teachers who support creative souls in the journey of life. Join us in a transformational evening of tap dancing, song, poetry and more 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. Let us pave the way for you to do this through the power of creativity in action.

To Reserve Tickets:
1.888.612.8189 or www.viriditasllc.com
$20.00 admission     $15.00 students

NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED – AND WE PROVIDE THE TAP SHOES!

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