Dance of Life
according to Prof. Nadia Kevan
We never danced anything just because it looked nice. Every movement has a meaning so that the dancers' hearts - indeed their whole being - could be in everything they did.
Margaret Stevens (Nadia's Teacher)
Introduction to the process:
Each course offers a creative web of pathways sensitizing our awareness of ourself and others, helping us let go of habits and belief systems which hold us back and prevents our psycho-spiritual-physical development.
Working as a unified group there is an atmosphere of sharing, and there is also space and guidance for your individual themes and needs.
I like to keep everything as simply as possible - this way we reach deeply into our human experience and make the choices necessary for healing and artistic expression.
Here are the elements which make up each course:
“Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”
When we dance I use many kinds of music - classical, world, new age, jazz, ethnic - to inspire our dancing. This is a very central part of Dance of Life. Sometimes I give an impulse or a theme which we then develop together and other times you are invited just to dance and see what happens. The music we listen to resonates with different aspects of our emotional, physical and energetic self. I encourage the ability to listen and respond to music in a creative and subtle way. We are not doing the dancing. We are allowing it to happen, and so the music dances us.
When I was 12 years old I was asked to assist at the sunday school for the small children which I loved each week. I read them bible stories from the Old and New Testaments. From the Burning Bush to the Sermon on the Mount I was inspired by the wealth of wisdom buried in these ancient tales. These and the stories and writings from many spiritual traditions in the world have been my Masters, guiding me towards the realization that we are, at the heart of Life, all One. Our spiritual practice is the foundation we require to make progress in our lives, our relationships and our activities. On every course there is a meditation practice and it is this energy we take into our dance and movement.
Healing Touch - Reiki
Learning to use our hands to give a healing experience is central to our Dance of Life, because it teaches us to be still and receptive to life-giving forces.
The participants of the Two-Year Intensive will be offered the First Grade Initiation included in the Dance of Life Training Program. As some participants have already received the First Grade Reiki Training, they will then be offered to deepen their Reiki training under my guidance and support.
On each course the participants will be introduced to the basic processes leading to the natural support, balance and agility of the body in everyday activities as well as in movement and dance. You will receive both verbal guidance, simple exercises and human touch to experience this valuable approach to posture and movement. A vital aspect of this work is to accept that we ourselves are responsible for our choices, whether conscious or subconscious.
You can read more about the Alexander Technique as I teach it on the website of our school in Nijmegen: www.atcn.eu
Mind your Movement
Minding your movement is a "miracle warm up", a series of enjoyable, easy games and excercises to wake us up, make us smile, ground your body, engage your imagination, free your joints, coordinate your muscles - and all of this with a clear focus on the presence of our mind. From the first moment our consciousness - the presence of a compassionate mind in our body - transforms each movement we make from the smallest to the most daring, from the mundane to the sacred.
photo: Nadia Kevan
You and I are but specks of that rhythmic urge which is Brahma, which is Allah, which is God.