- Tea: I start my day (and consistently refill throughout the day) with tea. My current favorites are ginger tea (Prince of Peace) and a mix of honey, apple cider vinegar, lemon, and cayenne.
- Consistent meals: I’m learning a lot about myself and my eating habit these days. My current routine is to make sure I’m eating 3 full meals a day. A full meal for me has to have a protein item and a fruit/vegetable option. I also snack throughout the day. It sounds simple, but since I’m running and teaching 5 classes a day, it’s difficult unless I’m intentional about it.
- Movement Practice: I am constantly moving. I teach students from K-8 throughout the day, and adult classes from time to time as well, so throughout the day I’m dancing anywhere from 3-5 hours a day with students, and maybe an hour more if I’m taking a class.
- Differentiating Techniques: I try to stay flexible by continuing to study various techniques. For me, this means while I am teaching my students ballet for this semester, I’m making sure to include West African dance into my weekly movement practice. Dance is a language, and I code-switch in the dance world the same way I code-switch in the academic and professional world.
- Relaxation/Restorative Practices: I have to be very intentional about giving my body what it needs to run effectively. Along with the above, I am working through self-care through therapy weekly, and working with a chiropractor monthly. I am also incorporating more restorative yoga, soaking in epsom salts, and listening to my body.
Scenes from Ferguson passed along by a niece who graduated from the Ferguson-Florissant school district high school where her father teaches, as did three of her brothers, so far.
If you watch or reblog one more thing about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, let it be this. Please.
West& Round 2 with Chop and Quench:
Brooklyn was definitely the place to be Memorial Day weekend. Starting with Dance Africa at Bam/ Bazaar Street Festival, which concluded on Memorial Day. Following attending the annual show/ festival thriving on the music, dance, fashion, and art of the African Diaspora my spirited was definitely lifted and I wanted to participate. So I figured what better way to end a wonderful evening than with Chop and Quench formerly known as the Fela!?! This was my 2nd time attending Chop and Quench residency at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn. As promised this time around I brought my entire crew pictured below. I needed them see for themselves what I was raving about and of course the band did not disappoint.
Chop and Quench weekly residency concludes June 2nd 2014, so I urge you to attend before it’s too late. Every week the band is joined by a special guest and this week was the Ghanaian-American Powerhouse Abena Koomson. Abena played Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (Fela’s mother) in Fela! On Broadway and also was the former vocal captain. She was right next us dancing and singing along until it was her time to take the stage. She belted out the classic “Lady” and all the ladies and the room owned their Queendom.
The night was absolutely perfect. Watching my friends thoroughly enjoy themselves as the Afro-Beat Rhythms held them hostage. Seeing them dance and smile truly made my night worth it. I couldn’t keep this experience to myself. My Forces of Nature dance sister and Fela Queen (Fela! Tour) Tricia Taitt also owned the stage when pulled up to do a solo. Another major highlight was when the band performed “Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense.” I could not compose myself and to top it off they concluded with the high-octane Fela! On Broadway version of “Kere Kay.” That was it for me!
I have to give a special shout out to two of the beautiful Fela! Queens Oneika Phillips and Shakira Marshall. You ladies gave us every bit of life and were total sweethearts. I could only hope that you felt our energy from the front as we paid homage to art of working our Nyash. Thank you Chop and Quench for yet another incredible show and your unparallel musicianship. We all left the knitting factory elated! Don’t miss out on your opportunity have this experience, there is only 1 last show before Chop and Quench residency concludes and tell them Jerijah sent you!
Galen Hooks and Melinda Sullivan. Dusting off the tap shoes
The only thing I wish is that Galen had her performance face on instead of her thinking face. But then again, that’s something that I do all the time.
My automatic thoughts were on the African dance class I took yesterday. I definitely need to work on my body, and getting it back to where it’s comfortable in African movement. I felt like a stiff beginner. It’s been too long. I need to make sure I’m surrounding myself in African movement, to balance the ballet/modern/contemporary that I surround myself daily. I also get stiff when I’m uncomfortable. The hope is that I can learn to let go.
I also need to work on not seeming so tall. It all goes back to my back. I keep my spine so rigid. I’m going to work more on finding flexibility in my spine, particularly in my upper back.
The LXD: EP 30 - Rise of The Drifts
Season 3 Finale
This episode always confused me with everything playing in reverse. How exactly did she die? How could he kill her if she was his love?