Wednesday, January 31, 2024

GDP 2024: #WomenLifeFreedom

GDP 2024: #WomenLifeFreedom 
first published January 3, 2024
Our 21st century internet information age flows globally. Our globalization teeters between democracy or fascism. We have to be brave to live. 
Some people are now, just waking up to the joys and sorrows of the human condition happening all at once, every day. Some are finally waking up to history—familial, local, national, global—good and bad. People want to know. They even get DNA history. With all the information streaming “we are not alone in this world,” as social humans we long for community. We have to be brave to co-exist in person, real time, living in the moment, in a wild world. Change is a constant. Time keeps on. It's overwhelming if you try to control each heart beat. In our time, change impales upon us to make change in our worldview and relationships. 
Paul Anders/Nasa Earth Rise from the moonview
Our earth is very important. The peace in nature seeks to heal our traumatic wounds. Nature wants humans to handle change, to be happy. Breathe the fresh air after a rain, walk through the forest, watch a sunset, fear can melt off, even for a moment. It’s a healthy stretch for your imagination, clearing the cobwebs. Humans are of nature. 

With the increased destruction of nature, the earth itself, made by numerous wars on the planet, burning fossil fuel, strip mining, etc., we are too slowly putting it together. Our earth's restorative processes are adjusting. Humans call this climate emergency, climate disaster. Earth's healing properties are getting cutoff. Our human ability for communication with ourselves, with one another, with living things, cutoff. Acts to annihilate nature purposefully, are the most cowardly and contemptuous actions made by men. There's a certain insanity involved. It's like a brain without a body that thinks itself highly intelligent, but in reality its dumber by the nanosecond as sustenance was annihilated. 

Hateful acts cease by a force of forced enlightenment. Humans will always have Karma to pay, when and where they go. If there was only one last man on this earth, in this universe, in this galaxy, who failed to comprehend his relationship with nature, with another, even if he had  not regressed entirely into the depths of evil-ignorance, still, we all would have to keep returning, lifetime after lifetime. Until finally he concluded and acted accordingly with the purpose of radiating love, the golden light for all. 

Every act of kindness, tough love, conversational agreement-disagreement-resolution-growth, holds vast significance. No matter how great or small a gesture, kindness is king, compassion is queen. As witnesses, we testify to the load of work to do until earth’s graduation day for humans. Humans are in for lifetimes of learning, especially since we keep repeating cowardly acts toward nature, the metaphor for the feminine aspect. Our earth place is an important kindergarten. 

This may seem far-fetched, as if ruled by a hate-filled heart is normal. But perpetuating hate perpetuates trauma, it’s a dumb loop. There is beauty in this world. It’s the strength of a functional and loving family, not a perfect family. It’s a thoughtful and considerate neighbor, not a nosy neighbor. It’s the magnificent appreciation for the power of wonder, intelligence, and for the light of beauty without possession of it. All found within unconditional love. 

Even amid our information age, we still possess a spiritual root to life, conected to earth and cosmos. The spiritual root of life seeks unfathomable depths as anchor. The spiritual root of life gives us a loving heart, common sense, a sense of humor and more common sense. 

The next part contains sensitive content. 
Treacherous times require focus. That brief synopsis hardly describes any of the worst treatments of women in the 21st century. Full accounts would fill nations of libraries. Nevertheless, women’s bodies, minds and spirits will never settle for slavery to the impotent, perverted and decrepit patriarchy. Understand this. As the patriarchy expires. 

Don’t normalize tyranny over women. Don’t normalize rape culture and violence against women. There’s plenty of reasons to be courageous, heal your sons and daughters, your grandchildren, your friends. For women, for all of us, we need lift up. We need your voice, with song. We need our spirit lifted with the extraordinary freedom, with dance for #WomenLifeFreedom. 
We must protect beauty.

#ZanZendegiAzadi #FemmesVieLiberte #MujerVidaLibertad #WomanLifeFreedom. #Butoh #ContemporaryDance #Choreography #SanFrancisco #GDP2024

Monday, January 29, 2024

MpowerDance Earth Day Event 4/21/24: CO-EXISTENCE

MpowerDance Earth Day Event 4/21/24   

On Sunday April 21, 2024 from 2-6pm hosted at the San Francisco Theosophical Society,  MpowerDance Project presents CO-EXISTENCE, an Earth Day event. There will be a share spot, interactive dance, labyrinth, song, music and film. More details soon for this free, family friendly event! 
                            Mark your calendar.

View of Earth Human Light Pollution

New Pilates Reformer, Pilates Group Classes, Presidio, San Francisco

New Pilates Reformer, Group Classes, Presidio, San Francisco with Mary Power 
A Body of Work 569 Rutger St, SF 94129
Sign up at A Body of Work or at Mindbody Online

Wednesday Evenings:
6:00pm Advanced Reformer
Uptempo Pilates workout with advanced progressions. 
7:00pm Beginner-Intermediate Reformer

Saturday Mornings:
9:00am Beginner Flow Reformer
For those looking to learn Pilates Reformer basics with fun sequences and safety measures that build confidence and enjoyment. 
*Beginners must have taken at least 4 private equipment classes prior. 
10:00am Core Flow Reformer
Total body workout focusing on core strength
*Mixed level must have taken at least 12 group Reformer classes prior.

Mary Power is a trainer with over 30 years of experience in Pilates, Gyrotonic, TRX, Feldenkrais, yoga, qi gong, martial arts and dance. Mary is artistic director and producer of MPowerDance Project, author of "Visionary Dance Oracle, A Book of the Soul," and a member of the San Francisco non-profit dance community through Independent Arts and Media.

Mary holds an M.S. in Kinesiology. As Senior Dance Medicine Specialist at St. Francis Sports Medicine Clinic, Mary helped clients return to performance. At UCSF Cancer Resource Center, she taught weekly mindbody fitness classes for all Cancer types. Mary specializes in orthopedic conditioning/re-education programs for elite movement performers. She enjoys Mpowerdance Project as choreographer, director and producer, as well as qi gong, fresh air and nature, with a healthy awareness to joy and suffering.

#Pilates #PilatesSF #MaryPower #Presidio #SanFrancisco #ABOW #ABodyOfWork #SF #MPowerDance #MPowerDanceProject #PilatesClassesReformerBeginner #PilatesClassesReformerIntermediate #PilatesClassesReformerAdvanced #Butoh #ContemporaryDance #Choreography #VisionaryDance

Monday, June 26, 2023

Frieze and Flow Fridays Dance Improv Classes

Frieze and Flow Fridays Dance Improv Classes

Fun outdoor guided dance improvisation classes (shaping and flow) every Friday through July and August 11:30-12:30pm. For Young Adults, Adults all levels.

On each Friday's guided dance improvisation class, we'll be playing with sculptural shaping and flow, may include vocal harmonies.

Movement sourced from Contemporary Dance influenced by Butoh, Modern, Ballet, African with bodymind foundation in Pilates, Gyrotonic, Yoga, Martial Arts and body leverage systems/TRX, Art Research, History, Film, Science, Music and Language.

Event can be filmed, on site signed waiver requirement. Wear outdoor dance shoes and layers for possible chill and wind.

Sign Up Click here.  Eventbrite sign up required even though classes are free! 

For more info on Bopsidy Click here.

MpowerDance Project is a member of the San Francisco non-profit dance community through Independent Arts and Media. We've been making dance since 1992. Our Project offers interdisciplinary performance works, dance training, process and performance opportunities, collaborations with dancers, artists, writers and film makers, and connects community experience through dance and media.

In 2012, MpowerDance created the Global Dance Project (GDP), a virtual choreographic endeavor that develops both local and global community participation using dance and media, with the artistic emphasis on relationship and sustainability to all life on planet earth.  

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Frieze and Flow

Frieze and Flow

Stay Tuned for upcoming dates July through August!

Join us as we celebrate San Francisco Bay Area Dance Week.

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Saturday, February 25, 2023

Why do Mind-body Training?

Why do Mind-body Training?
Mind-body training (Pilates, Gyrotonic, Yoga, TRX, Martial Arts, Dance, free running/trail running, Butohnics) improves core strength, enhances trunk stability, shock absorption by specific exercises and through specific agility movement itself. 

The anatomical focus on the core trains deep transverse abdominal tone, pelvic floor, multifidi, psoas balance, quadratus balance, anterior to posterior, lateral and oblique support systems. Postural and agility drills, provide increased proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) through integrated core control. This PNF feature allows more immediate redirect of centrifugal forces closer to the bone giving the performer opportunity to develop a mind body connection to translate resistance of gravity, weight bearing, and/or other weights with correct dispersion through joints and limbs, the whole body, with its assimilation of control during acceleration and deceleration, additionally improving proprioception.

Learning how to apply mind-body technique with movement stems from training core control with awareness to your good alignment, minimizing abnormal biomechanical compressive forces during full range movement. The quality of movement becomes far more important (and more difficult at first) than the sheer repetition of it.

Weight bearing exercises, jumping, crawling, total body weight resistive movement, and to some extent even repetitive resistance motion, are optimized by application of mind-body technique, along with continued training of mind-body technique. In this way, Mind-body training slows degenerative forces which supports rehab process and maintains rehabilitated injury. So you can play longer, dance smarter. Mind-body training can be applied to any type of workout regime, activity or sport.

However, one has to keep moving to keep in good condition. In functional dynamic motor control, your brain efficiently organizes movement coordination to what it can do with the knowledge you've put in. It's not always the best organization without training. In terms of repetition of your sport, or choreography without cross-training or keeping your core in check, your mind-body connection needs to be refreshed proportional to your movement loads.  Without it, a survival mechanism kicks in, sometimes a protective guard is turned on. If you're highly skilled active mover, survival is okay only for short term but not longer. After that, awareness turns to low priority and your movement and body will pay. BTW, maintaining the mind-body connection is not just about strong abs.

Training is all about teaching your system to align with the best solutions for your individual biomechanics (joint angles and forces) in coordination for high quality performance. Train your muscles to do what you want, by focusing and eliminating extraneous non-essential tension. You train to redirect appropriate forces through alignment/position, core strength, and flow of respiration. Training reinforces your ability to listen to your own total body response in movement, total body awareness through space.

Moving with awareness and rhythm creates a healthy and responsive relationship with your brain, your body and your environment. You can learn your own limitations and capabilities thereby minimizing unnecessary injury. Basically you give yourself the time and space to be honest on any given day in your dance practice. 

Overtime training is no longer what it started out to be. New levels of awareness are enhanced by experience resulting in ease in performance with speed and power matching your ability and movement.

In Pilates, many exercises look so easy. Difficult movements and tasks appear easy to the bystander. Don't be intimidated when a 90lb. waif out lasts you in apparently "easy" exercises. Here's an insider's training tip: if you want to survive your attempts at mind-body training, DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH, literally.

Saturday, January 14, 2023



The right-handed way is the right way. His story built a labyrinthine structure for the purpose of herding sheep, one way in and one way out, so as not to overwhelm by choice. One would rule the world. One would eliminate fear and annihilate the lotus flower of hope. Lost and found, and how it happens. "Don't panic, you're halfway there, find the circle."

Not the end, as the beauty hijacker would like it to be.

The irony is in the full circle.

The dance escapes tyranny, always for freedom. 

Hope is just another four letter word twisted into a hex, battered by far fetched wishes and violently shredded by man's inhumanity. But worn like night vision, seeing possibilities in the face of probabilities, hope is the will to survive, even a hair of hope to survive. Then even more so, to reach beyond it. To dream again, to reconnect with life again, with friends, and family, and neighbors, and nature within the nourishment of this planet, hope rides on.

Hope is myth, the legend in the mathematics of rhythmic nature itself if you can see fractals everywhere.

What if you were a circle, with spirals moving strong through and around the center of you? Spirals you create, and didn't create, spirals emanating from the lovemaking of earth and sky. 

Gravity holding us close to the bone.

Without center hope is lost. Without center, One wallows sightless not knowing the hugeness of its own ego, help is not asked for. Where is the lost and found? Is there a hope there? Hope scattered like bargaining chips, stolen dreams, false hopes, like an unclaimed lazy hope left aside by the willfully blind. For all of that, spot the claim instead for golden light out from where hope lost resides. 

Courage waxes and wanes. Blessings or curses? If doubt outlasts, pickup St. John's Dark Night of the Soul (Noche Oscura). And, or, mine your grief for a mission like Mamie Till.

Hope is at the bottom of Pandora's box.

The labyrinthe turns into a sexy adventure of possibilities, not just playing to play, but taking the puzzles and riddles toward the mystics, the unchartered is the not alone, with the aid of alone together wisecracking. Spontaneous combustion of the heart and mind—laughter. Laughter, the wild and uncontainable power moving interstitial space and galaxies with awesomeness supersedes One and contains all.