As humans, we have always danced, even before we had words for it. Rhythmic body movement is instinctual and this internal rhythm has allowed us to connect with one another throughout the centuries. People dance for all kinds of reasons: to mourn, to celebrate, to heal, to assert individuality, to entertain, to get fit, and to preserve cultural heritage. Almost anyone can dance, regardless of age, size or ability.
The Muze at 1-242 Dundas is saying farewell. Classes will continue to April 30, 2016.
Financially sustaining a space that is reliant on fees from dance classes and rental of space has become too difficult to maintain. In saying this I am so grateful for the support and love received.
All drop in rates are $15 and class of 4, $60. You can pay cash, cheque or online at www.themuze.ca for a drop in card.
The current classes that will continue to be taught are:
- Classical East Indian Dance
- Tai Chi
- Capoeira for adults and kids
- Mature Movers Ballet
- Ballet Break on Tuesdays
- Beyond Ballet
- Mindful Body workshop: Radiant Lotus Qigong for Women with Claire Turner Reid on April 23rd 1-4pm
- Conscious Dance on Saturdays April 16th and 30th from 8-10pm.
- Please all join us for the Conscious Dance Party to celebrate the end of the Muze in joy and free dance.
I would like to thank the many people that have helped make the Muze a reality: Leah Getchell, Marc Langlois, Jodi Cronyn, Niki Carr, Vidya Natarajan, Mariam Alazem, Geoff Gibbs, Niki Carr, Lindsey Cherrett, Erin Santolupo, Domenic Massa, Ruth Douthwright, Tom Bird, Sheila Horrell, David Bobier, Helene Lussier, Catherine McInnes, Alejandro Zuluaga Melanie Schambach, and Rose Martino and all the wonderful people who have continued to provide ongoing support, love, dance and joy.
Let us all continue to dance together in all forums and in the community. Dance has the power to bring joy, a sense of belonging, self expression and cultural sharing.
We have always come together to celebrate, mourn, create rituals through dance. When people share movement, whether it be clapping, marching or doing a wave, there is a feeling of a shared experience. When we feel that we are part of a group, we feel connected. Dance is a universal non-verbal language that transcends language and allows for a deeply human form of communication.
- Martha Graham
For our Spirit
Dance allows us to say things we cannot find words for. It can be soulful, deeply moving and transformative. Each of us has our own unique movement and therefore our own dance to share with others. When we give permission to our bodies/ourselves to tell our story through movement, we are fulfilled in ways that are unmatched by any other creative art forms. Dancing is good for our soul!
- Tarthang Tulka
For our Bodies
Regular practice increases cardiovascular fitness and creates overall strength, tone and elongation of all muscle groups. Dance training provides exceptional core strengthening techniques, which increases overall performance, balance and spinal health. Flexibility also allows for freedom and variety in movements and reduces the risk of injury, releases muscle tension and soreness as well as improves overall circulation.
if I could tell you what it meant there would be no point in dancing it.”
- Isadora Duncan
For our Minds
Dance releases endorphins, the body’s natural happy drug! A core belief among many psychologists is the fundamental interconnection between mind and body. What happens to the body can effectively influence the mind and vice versa. Dancing has been proven to decrease anxiety, increase mood, and self-esteem, and help to develop a sense of belonging. Dancing is good for our minds!
lost on which we have not
danced at least once.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche