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Issue: January 2010

By Susannah

I came away from Hamburg last November with a happy heart. Dancers and singers from many backgrounds came together to dance and to sing with myself and the fabulous Ben Burrow on drums. There were people who have danced with myself and Ya’Acov over years both in our 5 Rhythms era and with Movement Medicine, people who dance 5 Rhythms with Tom Schulz, with Michael and Gabriella Kuhn, people who dance Soul Motion and Nia with Edgar Spieker and people who dance Soul Motion with Vinn Marti and people who have never danced. I ran into Tom at a gig with Raoul Midon at which the singer had nearly lost his voice but was still absolutely amazing and riveting (see him!!!).

I think that we, whatever our identifications or tribal loyalties, are all searching to feel, to experience the deep, fine, vibration of life running through us, to connect with this. And then, at the same time, most of us need to belong, to belong to a group, to have an identity. This is human, it seems to be innate in our condition as a species. And at the same time we (at least we western selves) want and need to be individuals, to know ourselves. Here we are, how do we do both; unity and individuality, commonality and diversity?

Singing and dancing as we do at Resonance or the Journey of Empowerment or DanSing do this for me. What a joy to be part of chorus of sound, of harmony, rhythm, melody like that, to be immersed in, each like a cell shining within one organism, the organism of the song, the dance…. And then to sing solo, to hear the individual voices taking flight like birds let out of cages. In this Resonance so many births came, so many easy, joyous and deeply moving awakenings….

So I am so happy to be able to work with Edgar as my organizer in Hamburg, who is also a singer, a dancer, a teacher, a thinker….Edgar also organizes for Vinn Marti, who trained around the same time as us with Gabrielle Roth, and whose work has also developed from 5 Rhythms into a new incarnation. His work , Soul Motion has a brother or sister quality to Movement Medicine, and so we commend his work to you as different, and complementary.

So rock on Hamburg and the weaving.

Ya’Acov’s next workshop in Hamburg is: 

E-Motion. dancing with the heart of the world: 5.-7. February 2010

Organized by Jens Liedtke. Email:

Phone +49 (0)40 729 100 61

Susannah’s next workshop in Hamburg is: 

DanSing. ( Dancing and Singing) 12.-14. November 2010

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Vinn Marti‘s next workshop in Hamburg is:

Soul Motion: Mindful Movement (Achtsame Bewegung): 23.-25. April 2010

Soul Motion is a movement ministry, a dance practice, and a philosophy of living that supports our unconditional acceptance of 'what is' and our fearless exploration outside the box of the familiar, sleep-inducing trance we sometimes find ourselves dancing to. We use the dance as metaphor for living a creative, expressive, and unified life of integrity, immensity, and intensity. Our hearts are ablaze with love of the divine and divine love toward all beings, and this becomes the beat, and the steps, and the music, to which we dance the everyday dance.

During this time together we nudge the spirit of innovative action and creativity to awaken and hold a high watch of unconditional acceptance as we stumble our way toward self-expression, self-acceptance, and self-recognition: we are spirit dancing this human experience. Through guided imagery and relaxed induction we track conditions and attitudes which no longer serve our ability to unwind in the stream of creative expression, and we open ourselves to the next movement moment with radical awe and wonder.

Vinn will also teach in Zurich and Vienna this April.

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