Denver readers! I’d like to showcase a new Aerial studio created and operated by my friend, Liam Lefey.
LeFey Aerial. Liam is an amazing instructor who has been an aerial performer for many years. The studio is being run in both a class format and open workout gym with a monthly membership. People with memberships get reduced prices on classes.
Here is a video of Liam performing last winter at an indoor event.
Being a dancer involves constantly pushing your body to new and greater limits. I’m always working out, stretching, training, and exploring new movements. The more I push myself, the better life feels.
I’ve finally reached the point in my dancing career that I’m good enough to get paid. This, while wonderful, is pushing me to get into better physical condition. Carrying any extra weight is causing me to second guess myself in some visual areas. To combat this, I’m stepping up the workout routines and jumping into yoga.
Working out feels natural and Yoga is kicking my butt. I’m thinking of pushing it up to 5 days a week with workouts, and 3 to 4 days a week with Yoga. Eating healthy is going to be somewhat of a chore. I definitely don’t want to overdo it.
Are there any readers out there who also perform/dance? What do you do to stay in shape?
Here’s a video of a practice session I did about a month ago. I definitely need to work on my lower body movement and my legs.
Recently, I seem to have developed an interesting relationship with fire. Normally, as with most people, this would constitute lighting small fires, working with new tools in the woods to start fires, and reading by candlelight. With me, my new found interest has resulted in setting myself on fire and finding it great.
How did this come about? What strange reasoning could I possibly be using? Is there a reason for this? Yes. Actually, this all stems from my lack of fear for fire.
I visited Black Rock City for the first time in September, 2009. While there, I saw a culture that welcomed the flame. Thousands of fire spinners converge on the Burn every year and thousands of fire toys are lit up at all times throughout the visually stunning night. It’s a wonderful sight. After being enchanted by it, I wanted in.
June of 2010 I met a girl fire dancer who inspired me to become a fire performer. I got comfortable being around fire by becoming a Safety for one of the organized fire dancing groups in Denver. Being a Safety in this group had me sitting right in the center of 50+ fire dancers while they lit up and saw how close they could get to me. After the first few times of being a Safety, I learned to trust the art of fire dancing and the people who practice it.
3 weeks of practice led me to lighting my poi up for the first time on July 31st. I didn’t burn myself or singe any hair, which for a first time fire dancer, is pretty good. With practice, I became better and more comfortable playing with my new hobby.
During this time, I was surrounded by other fire spinners who burn themselves by accident a lot. My good friend Moloch is a walking billboard of how not to fire spin (seriously, the amount of scars on this kid are impressive). I would watch my friends singe themselves and get burned on a nightly basis. Burn cream is an essential that everyone carries. Everyone has little nics and scars from fire dancing. Everyone but me.
I’ve never burned myself. I have set myself on fire, at first by accident, then later slightly on purpose. Through all of these times I’ve never been burned. This has led to several incidents of me torching myself and continuing to dance through the flames.
I am now both a Fire Sword Dancer and a Fire Poi spinner. I am using this talent to perform and entertain at shows, venues, and festivals around the country (and soon, around the world). Check out the video below to see some of my fire sword dancing. I’ll be sure to post here about upcoming shows, performances, and festivals where I will be fire dancing.
The C+D brand building is starting to happen. Business cards are coming soon. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter are all up and running with new content. Google + will be updated when everything is flushed out and ready. Seattle pages and users on Facebook are starting to connect. It’s keeping me motivated.
I’m working on my SEO skills (Thanks to Google and SEOmoz). Capacity and Desire is now connected to Google Analytics and pictures throughout the site are SEO optimized. Check out some new content out over in the Pictures|Video section of the site. The C+DPinterest page is being used daily. Definitely check it out and follow some of the boards that you may be interested in.
I’m hoping to get some posts ready to auto update during the first week in Seattle. Currently, I’m updating the code and structure of the site. A ‘next page’ button/link will be available soon to see older posts.
Moving and Performing:
I’m moving to Seattle soon. Very soon. In fact, I’ve stopped saying months and have now moved on to saying days. You could say that I’m a little nervous about the move. You could also say that I’m extremely excited. I have so much to do before I go. It’s strange to think that I could actually leave tomorrow if I get a job that early.
I’m learning some very fun and interesting dance combinations to add to my ever-growing pool of moves. I’m hoping I can take my dance fusion class to Seattle when I get there. I am also hoping to partner up with Wren LaFeet and get some new performance material down. Performing in a new state while using the Capacity and Desire brand will be fun.
On a related dance subject, La Preuve Par 4 is a dance team that uses moves that I can recreate. Their performance video from a street team dance competition in 2011 is what I’m currently using as inspiration. Check it out below.