How can i dance when the world is turning



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Out where the river broke
The bloodwood and the desert oak
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
Steam in forty five degrees

The time has come
To say fair's fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share
The time has come
A fact's a fact
It belongs to them
Let's give it back

How can we dance when our earth is turning?
How do we sleep while our beds are burning?
How can we dance when our earth is turning?
How do we sleep while our beds are burning?

The time has come to say fairs fair
to pay the rent, now to pay our share

Four wheels scare the cockatoos
From Kintore East to Yuendemu
The western desert lives and breathes
In 45 degrees

The time has come
To say fair's fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share
The time has come
A fact's a fact
It belongs to them
Let's give it back

How can we dance when our earth is turning?
How do we sleep while our beds are burning?
How can we dance when our earth is turning?
How do we sleep while our beds are burning?

The time has come to say fair's fair
To pay the rent, now to pay our share
The time has come, a fact's a fact
It belongs to them, let's give it back

How can we dance when our earth is turning?
How do we sleep while our beds are burning?

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    How can we dance while the earth is turning?

    I’ve been taking more baths lately. I retire to the tub with a couple of books and my iPad and I try to focus on the former and ignore social media on the latter.

    It’s getting harder and harder, but I try.

    As I am typing this, we are waking up to Pentecost Sunday in an America ravaged by the twin plagues of COVID and police violence. Last night, cities were on fire. Chicago, my beloved home, was on fire.

    How do we find the space to create something new in a world like this? What is the point?

    As I am typing this, the bath is filling up again. I am going to retreat for a while, from my family, from my anxieties, from [gestures wildly] all of this. I am going to look for some balance in my body, and in my soul.

    I recognize this is a great privilege.

    I started taking more baths when the shelter-in-place orders went out for the city. At first, it seemed decadent. Later, as my body erupted with new and unexpected aches, it seemed more like a necessity.

    Today, I think it’s an escape.

    I heard somewhere that Douglas Adams, author of my favorite mis-labeled trilogy, The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, took a lot of baths. He used it as a means of coping with his constant and gnawing writers block. That makes native sense to me. A bath is the most wonderful of beards - it is a completely private rejuvenation that benefits from the cover of being a means of personal hygiene.

    Nobody can blame you for just wanting to be a little more clean.

    The voices in my head tell me that the time I take to write and do other creative activities is inherently selfish.

    For many years, that voice kept me from doing those things. I believed it was more noble to leave projects unfinished, rather than take the space and time away from pedestrian activities to get them finished.

    The selfishness of the creative act is balanced against the selfless aspects of it. The world needs ideas. The world needs beauty. Especially now.

    So I have had that Midnight Oil song in my head all day. The only one that really made a dent here in the states: Beds are Burning. I don’t even like the song, if I’m honest. But today, I think it asks the right questions.

    How can we dance while our earth is turning?
    How can we sleep while our beds are burning?

    We are waking up to centuries of unfinished business. We are waking up to the illusions that the institutions—like the police and the government—that some of us thought were there to protect all of us, were in fact only there to protect a very few of us.

    We are waking up to a world of pain and disruption. It’s devastating.

    I am not a morning person, and waking up is hard. But here we are.

    So we are waking up to the need to create something new. Something different.

    We are waking up to the need to create something that will engage and uplift more of us, all of us.

    I don’t know what it looks like, but I know a part of it is in me, and in you, and in them—near the surface, or deep down.

    We need to dig, and believe, and create.

    We feel blocked. We don’t know where to start. We feel tired.

    We take a bath. We restore. We begin again.

    Despite all evidence, we begin again.

    Breathe. Bathe.


    Build again.

    And when you build, build strong.

    5 dance directions for different temperaments | Fitness

    As the unsurpassed Marlene Dietrich once said, "a true woman does not worry, but excites." One of the most effective ways to achieve this is dance. All about the types and features of dance programs - in the stories of Dance Studio by World Class trainers.

    Folk Dance

    (Svetlana Nikitina)

    Folk dance (translated from English as "folk dance") is a genre that combines folk dance and modern music. This direction is a symbiosis of the most diverse dances of the peoples of the world: Spanish flamenco, Irish, Indian, Russian folk and Greek, Mexican dances, etc.

    The origin of folk dance has deep roots. Ancient people copied the movements of animals, imitated natural phenomena - this is how the primitive dance was born, which evolved into a real way of communication and manifestation of feelings. In addition, ritual mysteries, ceremonial, religious and ethnic rites, etc. had an important influence on folk dance. For example, there were healer dances that drove out evil spirits and had healing functions. The same function, for example, was performed by a tarantella. The dance itself got its name from the tarantula, the poison from the bite of which could only be removed with sweat - for this infected person was forced to spin in a frenzied dance.

    The experience, talent and imagination of more than one generation have been invested in the creation and evolution of folk dance. Folk dance cannot be confused with any other type of dance. It is transmitted ethnically and genetically from generation to generation, regardless of faith and nationality. All these traditional signs have been developed over the centuries, reflecting the centuries-old history of the people.

    The greatest choreographer who changed the course of development of world choreographic art and made folk dance the property of world culture — Igor Moiseev. His interest in folk art began at the beginning of 1930s, when he traveled on foot and on horseback throughout Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Caucasus, collecting images of dance folklore. In 1937, he created a troupe of 40 people, which included amateur artists, graduates of choreographic schools and experienced ballet professionals. The very next year, the ensemble danced at a government concert at the Bolshoi Theater. In the repertoire of the ensemble, folklore samples have received a new life and have been preserved for several generations of viewers around the world. For this purpose, Igor Moiseev used all the means of stage culture: all types and types of dances, symphonic music, drama, scenography, acting skills.

    World Class allows you to get acquainted with the world of folk dance, so that every connoisseur of dance programs can not only immerse himself in the culture of different nationalities, but also get everything that fitness gives: cardio load, correct posture, strengthening of all muscle groups, development of the vestibular apparatus , a favorable effect on the emotional state.

    For example, in Indian dances, the main emphasis is on the hands and the position of the head - with just your hands you can tell a whole life story. In Russian dances, these are incendiary dances and round dances, in Irish dances, great footwork and body setting.

    Contemporary Dance

    (Ekaterina Frunze)

    “Contemporary-dan” is a body language that conveys the innermost thoughts and feelings of a dancer to music. "Contemporary" appeared in dance schools in the USA and Europe in the 60s of the XX century. He came to the USSR only in the 80s. The founder of the modern style of these dances is the young dancer Isadora Duncan, who rejected classical ballet and subsequently created modern dance. She was repeatedly reproached for deviating from the true dance school, however, the girl did not yield to her principles and argued that any movement would be beautiful only when it truthfully and sincerely expresses feelings and thoughts. Thus, it was Isadora who initiated the dance, the main task of which is to learn to hear your inner voice and express it with the help of your body. Despite Duncan's success, this dance direction began to develop only 30 years later, after her death. In addition to Isadora Duncan, well-known dancers Marie Rambert and Martha Graham, as well as choreographers Rudolf von Laban and Merce Cunningham, also participated in the development of "contemporary".

    This style of modern choreography has absorbed a bit of the dance culture of the West (classical dance, modern, jazz), a little of the East, so that the result is a harmonious, beautiful, natural dance - an expression of the personal "I".

    Contemporary dance is presented in the network of World Class clubs as a desire to follow new trends and styles. The teacher will provide competent support to both beginners and advanced dancers, and will also become a guide-mentor on the way to developing the harmony of body and soul and establishing a connection between the physical and spiritual.

    That is why special attention during the lessons is given to the ability to breathe, be aware of your body, let go of thoughts and show emotions. At the Contemporary lessons, the members of our club learn to coordinate the body and mind. And, if in the classical dance school it takes years of training to develop muscle strength, then in “modern dance”, thanks to the basics of yoga and oriental practices, all participants quickly master amazing physical abilities, which allows everyone to express themselves as much as possible through dance.

    Uniform for training - loose: loose-fitting trousers or leggings, tunic, T-shirt, something that will not hinder body movements.

    To look inside the human soul, to know oneself, to learn to accumulate emotions, energy and thoughts in order to give them to the audience - these are the features of Contemporary Dance. An integral part of the classes is improvisation - free improvisation that brings pleasure and the feeling of flying in a beautiful, light and free Contemporary Dance!

    Lady’s Style

    (Denis Shumikhin)

    “The founder of Lady’s Style is considered to be Willie Nina, a dark-skinned dancer in the early 1960s in New York. Vogue is a dance style based on model poses and catwalk walk. Its distinguishing features are a quick technique of moving the hands, a frilly mannered gait, falls, rotations, and emotional play. Vogue, like a dance, traces its history back to the 70s of the twentieth century. The style originated in the Harlem Prison, located in New York's northern Manhattan borough, where inmates amused themselves by imitating the poses of magazine models.

    Initially, it was a normal copy of pos. Subsequently, ironic posing was supplemented by movement and music, transforming into a dance.

    Quickly enough, Vogue became a popular form of entertainment for the sexually liberated people of New York.

    A new round of popularity for Vogue occurred in 1990 after the release of Madonna's "Vogue" video. The style gradually began to penetrate the masses and dance culture not only in the United States, but also in Europe and formed the basis of the Lady's style direction.

    I have been teaching Lady's style in the World Class club network for more than 10 years and I can say with confidence: this is the dance in which a woman most openly shows her inner world. Lady's style combines elements of such styles as Go-Go, ragga, dancehall, R'n'B and strip plastic.

    Dance allows you to experiment not only with styles, but also with images: Lady's Style is an opportunity to prove yourself in a variety of roles: vamps, ladies or panthers before jumping. As a result, you will get an impressive physical load that activates all muscle groups. Smooth transitions from a standing position to a lying position, graceful movements, amplitude swings - all this is Lady's style.

    The dance attracts many admiring glances from both women and men.

    Lady's Style is designed for women of all ages. It is this style that allows a woman to feel that she can be different, attractive, elegant, mysterious.

    I would advise you to start training in any comfortable sportswear in which you feel most attractive. In this dance, the main thing is the mood. From shoes at the initial stage, it is better to choose dance sneakers that allow you to stretch the toe, in the future you can move on to classes in heels.

    The peculiarity of teaching this style in our network is that you can attend group lessons and hone your skills in personal classes, where you and I can realize any fantasy, up to staging an individual performance or recording a video clip. It is a style of unlimited possibilities and an uplifting lesson."

    Argetian tango

    (Vladislav Broslavsky)

    “The history of this dance, as the name implies, began in Argentina. At first, it was performed by former slaves to the accompaniment of drums. At the end of the 19th century, the Argentine port city of Buenos Aires became extremely popular among expats. People from different countries of Europe came here in search of a better life and brought their own musical traditions and instruments with them. Then in Buenos Aires, as a result of the mixing of various musical cultures and trends, a previously unknown dance, the tango, is formed and developed. At first it was cheerful, light, sometimes even vulgar, so for a long time it remained a dance of the lower strata of society. In those days, tango was danced in taverns, barrack yards, brothels and just on the streets in the poorest quarters of the city. At the beginning of the 20th century, among the instruments playing music for tango, a bandoneon appeared - an instrument resembling an organ in its sound. He added notes of drama to light music. With his appearance, the tango became slower, tones of intimacy appeared in it. At that time, most of the population of Buenos Aires were men. The lyrics of the tango are a reflection of sadness and longing for a woman. For a male tailor, there were only brief moments of intimacy with a woman. This happened when he held her in his arms, dancing the tango. At such moments, a man was seized with love, and this feeling somehow reconciled him with life. In tango there is always you, your feelings and music.

    Tango develops coordination, balance, elegance of movements, trains and makes many muscle groups work as a whole, develops musicality and sensuality. For women, especially in our hectic and stressful time, this dance is an opportunity to relax the brain and disconnect from everything external and direct your attention deep into yourself, devote time only to yourself and your feelings - only under this condition will it be possible to dance tango. For a man, this is an opportunity to show his strength, power and, at the same time, responsibility for his partner, since she takes every step only with the permission and guidance of her partner. Tango is the unity of two bodies, two universes, two souls and a joint flight into space, one meditation for two.”

    Modern Style

    (Maxim Kartsev)

    “Modern dance as a direction appeared at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in the United States and Germany. In America, the name was associated with stage choreography that opposed the standards of classical ballet. For those who practiced modern dance, it was important to present a choreography of a new order, corresponding to the man of the new century and his spiritual needs. The principles of such art can be considered the negation of traditions and the transmission of new stories through unique elements of dance and plasticity. In their long war with clichés, modernist dancers were unable to completely abandon traditional ballet forms. They put up with some technical tricks.

    Art Nouveau is considered to be the dances founded by Isadora Duncan. She was inspired by nature and promoted freedom of movement, their spontaneity. Isadora's dance was improvisation, without special costumes and shoes, to the accompaniment of live music!

    "Modern" is one of the favorite trends in the World Class company, because it contains harmony, beauty, body plasticity. All that is needed for dancing is the desire to “splash out” your emotions and mood. To do this, you just need to be involved in the process and wear comfortable clothes.”

    30 quotes about dancing from the greats

    On April 29, we all celebrate our main holiday - International Dance Day! reminds: dancing is one of the most important arts, and it is highly valued in society. In confirmation of this - 30 quotes from great people about dancing.

    Dancers are the athletes of God.

    (Albert Einstein)

    It all started with Fuete.
    When the earth is in its rotation,
    Like a virgin in the nude
    Excited with embarrassment,
    Suddenly spinning in the dark.

    (Valentin Gaft)

    I want to dance until I am 100 years old. And if you are not lazy, then you will not last more than forty.

    (Maya Plisetskaya)

    Ballet is hard labor in flowers.

    (Faina Ranevskaya)

    The audience must be kept in suspense, dancing with feelings.

    (Boris Moiseev)

    Dancing is a perpendicular expression of horizontal desires.

    (George Bernard Shaw)

    Imitate the wind when it breaks out of its mountain gorges: it wants to dance to the sound of its own flute, the seas tremble and jump under its feet.


    You should never think that your partner is in any way inferior to you. Moreover, it cannot be shown on stage.

    (Maris Liepa)

    “Dance,” said the Sheep Man. As long as the music is playing, keep dancing. Do you understand, no? Dance and don't stop. Why are you dancing - do not argue. What is the meaning of this - do not think. It doesn't make sense, and never has. Think about it - your legs will stop. And if your legs stop even once, we won’t be able to help you. All your contacts with the world around you will be cut off. Will break forever. If that happens, you can only live in this world. Gradually, you will be drawn here entirely. Therefore, it is impossible for the legs to stop. Even if everything around seems stupid and meaningless - do not pay attention. Follow the rhythm and keep dancing. And then what is not quite hardened in you yet will slowly begin to dissolve.
    (Haruki Murakami)

    Movement, dance - I think it's brilliant, because it's boundless self-realization.
    (Jude Law)

    Those who are interested in dancing can easily fall in love.
    (Jane Austen)

    You can't really teach a person to dance, only he can do it himself.
    (Jerome David Salinger)

    A couple is like a painting that moves across the dance floor.

    (Tatiana Kostina)

    When we give ourselves entirely to the spirit of dance, it becomes prayer.
    (Gabriella Roth)

    Dance is the highest mind in the freest of bodies.
    (Isadora Duncan)

    Dance is a small model of life in a few minutes, with its own emotions and experiences.
    (Andrey Vavilin)

    They don't stop dancing because they get old, they get old because they stop dancing.
    (Jesse Newbern)

    Each dance is a unique story of feeling: He and She merge in body and soul, and the flight begins along the waves of tenderness and temptation.
    (Dmitry Fateev)

    Dance is the world's favorite metaphor.

    (Christy Nilsson)

    I don't try to dance better than everyone else. I try to dance better than myself.

    (Mikhail Baryshnikov)

    Dance is the secret language of the soul.

    (Martha Graham)

    Dance first. Then think. This is the natural order.

    (Samuel Beckett)

    Everything in the universe is rhythmic. Everyone is dancing.

    (Maya Angelu)

    Rather than stomp your feet out of anger, you better learn tap dance.

    (Fred Astaire)

    Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breath. This is the rhythm of your life. It is an expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.

    (Jacques d'Amboise)

    The meaning of life is not to wait for the storm to end, but to learn to dance in the rain.
    (Vivian Green)

    Any problem in the world can be solved by dancing.
    (James Brown)

    Dancing is a way to achieve beauty, to control every muscle and direct it to happiness.
    (Maurice Bejart)

    In dance, every movement is full of wisdom, and there is not a single senseless movement.

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