The story of my hips

Lee la versión en castellano aquí. Hips have always drawn my attention. I still remember the first years going out dancing during my adolescence, how much I felt “unconsciously not permitted” to move my hips too much, as otherwise we would draw the attention of other teenage boys behind us. Similar thing happened with myContinue reading “The story of my hips”

Leadership lessons from a dancing guy

If you’ve learned a lot about leadership and making a movement, then let’s watch a movement happen, start to finish, in under 3 minutes, and dissect some lessons: A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous. But what he’s doing is so simple, it’s almost instructional. This is key. You must beContinue reading “Leadership lessons from a dancing guy”

Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy techniques when working with PTSD – V Conclusion & Bibliography

CONCLUSION Despite relatively wide use and application, the efficacy of the creative arts therapies has not been established through empirical research (Foa 2010 – 586) Case studies, personal experience and interviews is the main source of research in DMT. However, the selection of three DMT techniques and the subsequent support with similar concepts from other fields of therapyContinue reading “Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy techniques when working with PTSD – V Conclusion & Bibliography”

Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy techniques when working with PTSD – IV Anger release in movement

 ANGER RELEASE TECHNIQUE IN MOVEMENT   Alice’s case: I used to bite my arms a lot when I was a child. Not when I was growing up, because I didn’t want to be angry – I recognised I had a lot of anger inside me that I needed to deal with. I started dealing withContinue reading “Effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy techniques when working with PTSD – IV Anger release in movement”

Effectiveness of dance movement therapy techniques when working with PTSD – III Metaphoric use of Space

  Bust of a woman an self portrait – Pablo Picasso METAPHORIC USE OF SPACE Alice created metaphorical “pockets” in the green cushion and when she was able to connect a physical sensation to her story she would put it into her pocket. “For later” she said. (…) We identified Alice’s diagonal pathway across the space asContinue reading “Effectiveness of dance movement therapy techniques when working with PTSD – III Metaphoric use of Space”

La Chunga dance barefoot, descalza!

Flamenco can also be dance barefeet! I knew! Me myself I love to feel the ground with my feet. In 1964, fifty years ago Micaela was dancing bareffot flamenco in a cave in Andalucía. Some say that she is not really “La Chunga” but her sister. I have no idea. I just love how she moves.Continue reading “La Chunga dance barefoot, descalza!”

My first session of Dance therapy with people diagnosed with Depression

Enthousiasm of beginner. I wrote everything down. Initial plan. What happened. Everything. I will not do this with every session.  I guess in the beginning everybody is enthousiast and writes everything down. However is impossible. And not necessary. Well. Here I explain my first session with people that come for a day treatment with the diganosis ofContinue reading “My first session of Dance therapy with people diagnosed with Depression”

Momentum, started dancing because of a tortilla chip

For Patrick, a tortilla chip started his moment of self-discovery. With exuberant dancing and magical passion he shares his inspiration and invites everyone to participate. Even his mother. This film explores the concept of spontaneous authenticity and the synopsis of body and soul… through tortilla chips and dance. Whenever there is the right relationship, inContinue reading “Momentum, started dancing because of a tortilla chip”

Tomatito & Ahmad Al Tuni

This pearl is a combination of flamenco with arabic sufi music. It is the very beginning of the  great film Vengo by Tony Gatlif, an ode to the artistry and magic of flamenco dancing. Tomatito is a very imporant flamenco guitarist and Ahmad Tuni is one of the last great munshidin, singers of the islamic sacredContinue reading “Tomatito & Ahmad Al Tuni”

Flamenco Lab

Barefoot experimental approach to flamenco dance Technique & Improvisation My aim in this workshop is to combine creativity, improvisation and self expression with flamenco dance as a framework. Contents Flamenco arm technique, foot-work and basic “marcajes” Compas and rhythms of flamenco music Contemporary  and creative exercises Improvisation circles NOTE: I am not a flamenco teacher. IContinue reading “Flamenco Lab”

Mediterranean mixture

Slowly with time, I have realised how powerful the combination of two folklor dances  as FLAMENCO and ORIENTAL can be. Some months ago I was starting to forget my origins, totally embedded in the flamenco scene. I realised I was missing my softness, my inwardness. So I started dancing. And I travelled through the Mediterranean,Continue reading “Mediterranean mixture”

Gracias – Oriental dance lessons for youth in Santa Caterina Neighborhood, Barcelona 2012

Termina el curso en el Palau Alòs, dónde tanto he aprendido como maestra y como persona. Gracias a todos los que han bailado, reído y disfrutado conmigo. Gracias  a todos, a los que vinieron un día, a los que vinieron cuando pudieron y los que vinieron de principio a fin. Gracias a Mateu,  Sara yContinue reading “Gracias – Oriental dance lessons for youth in Santa Caterina Neighborhood, Barcelona 2012”

Palmera Queens – clases de danza para mujeres mayores en La Sagrera, Barcelona 2012

Mis mujeres de Sant Andreu. Que hermosas. Venían una mañana a la semana. Muy alborotadas y habladoras, pero cada cual más guapa y agradecida. Unas quince mujeres y yo bailamos danza oriental en el Casal de Gent Gran “La Palmera” en Sant Andreu, Barcelona. Durante la primavera de 2012 practicamos juntas algunos pasos de danza,Continue reading “Palmera Queens – clases de danza para mujeres mayores en La Sagrera, Barcelona 2012”

Me enamoré del flamenco

Me enamoré del flamenco. Sí. Así de repente, desde que entendí el compás. Desde que me adentré en el maravilloso ” mundo de los doces”, que dice la Helga. Porque el compás tiene tela. Yo viniendo del norte… no había escuchado que dijéramos muchos, más bien ningún tanguillo, bulería, fandangos o alegría… Pero vaya. GraciasContinue reading “Me enamoré del flamenco”