Creativity 13

Dance in Cuba: Rumba as a Way of Life

From 1999-2003 I travelled to Cuba several times, drawn by the people, the culture, the dance. This video explores the great dance genre, Rumba. “El Mio Es La Rumba” presents the rich Afro-Cuban art form, rumba through a dialogue between a teacher, Jesus Manuel Sophia, and his student, Jorge Luis Cintra. Woven throughout their conversation […]
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Creativity 14

Mojo Monday 10: On Remembrance and Celebration

On remembrance and celebration Memorial Day is a day for many of us to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty. But perhaps for others of us, it’s a day for remembering those we’ve lost, not due to war. Memorial Day has also become a day of picnics and bbq’s and […]
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Creativity 15

Alonzo King on Identification

Some say politics – conservatism, liberalism, ism’s of all kinds – is the problem. Others say its religion – too much, or not having enough – is the problem. Most agree that those who disagree, who are different (not just in terms of race, culture, creed, but also ideology) – with me, with you, with […]
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Creativity 16

Dance through Grief

I sat slumped over the steering wheel. “What am I afraid of?” I asked myself. The lump in my throat made it hard to swallow. Not being enough, I sighed. My year had already been filled with so much loss. Now, having to face my dear friend’s decline due to advanced Parkinson’s. It was more […]
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Creativity 17

What Dancing in Cuba Taught Me About Listening

The following post recounts an experience I had during my first of many trips to Cuba from 1999 – 2012. “Quiero una cerveza,” I tell the bartender “Crystal o Bucanero?” he asks. The two main beers of Cuba, one on the lighter side, the other, slightly more dark. “Dame una Crystal,” I say with the […]
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Creativity 18

Falling Off the Beat and Starting Again

A few years ago, I was an avid Salsa and Rumba dancer. I’d go out a few times a week, every week and dance for hours. If you’ve enjoyed partner dancing to live music then you know that it’s one of the best feelings on earth. That joy of feeling into the steps, being in the […]
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