Partner Dance

 
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While I was stationed in South Korea, in 2010, I had what I would call a dance high. I was dancing at a Salsa Club in the Itaewon district of Seoul (in July). I started dancing with a partner I dance with often and this evening we connected more than usual. The first dance was so unusually connected that we continued to dance for another couple songs or so after the initial dance. Usually I change partners after one or two songs, this time I did not want the dance to end.

After we finished I sat down for about five or so songs, just feeling the endorphins (or whatever the chemical reaction was that made me feel like I was high) and joy that resulted from connecting with my partner. The connection was of synchronicity between the music, our eye contact, our body connection, our connection with each other and the music, and the flow that happened within each movement.

I have not had this specific experience since I was in Seoul, Korea in 2010. A memory to cherish, analyze, and learn from. 

 

Taijiquan

 
 

Taijiquan at Naropa…

Since watching an online video of tai chi, in the 90’s, I’ve wanted to take a Taiji class. In fall of 2012, my first semester at Naropa, I was able to take my first class of taiji. I attended classes every semester and majored in Tai Chi Chuan. I’m glad I did, the principles have influenced all of my other movement practices in wonderful ways.

Ski

Top left photo taken at  Heavenly Mountain Resort  in 2017 and bottom two photos taken at  Boreal Mountain Resort  (probably 2000 or 2001). *From an  Instagram  story

Top left photo taken at Heavenly Mountain Resort in 2017 and bottom two photos taken at Boreal Mountain Resort (probably 2000 or 2001). *From an Instagram story

 

10 Years of skiing (1991-2001)…

After moving to Nevada from Montana around 1990, my parents signed me up for skiing. I’m glad they did, as those were probably the most joyful moments that I remember during that time while growing up.

2019 Return to skiing

Since leaving Nevada I wasn’t sure I’d ski again. Eighteen years later the opportunity appeared. I was able to ski on 6 March 2019 at Eldora Mountain Resort. Folks have said it’s like riding a bike and I now agree. I skiied for six hours without a break. Considered it my back to skiing training day. Grateful that a friend, who worked there, had a discounted pass.

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Bicycling

 
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Biking since thE late 80’s

I have been casually biking for as long as I can remember. I had a serious bike accident in the second grade, and those injuries are still affecting my movements. Still, I prefer biking to driving a car and hope to ride as often as I can.

Seven Bicycles while in Boulder,CO

In 2019, People For Bikes came out with a Places for Bikes study that showed the top places for bicycling in the US. Boulder, CO was number one. During my time in Boulder (2012-2019) I had seven bikes (three recumbent, three folding, and one adventure/gravel bike (shown in picture).