C+D: Dancing and Fitness

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.

This One Time, At Burning Man: Ambassador’s Hat

This is the second installment of a weekly article on the Burner (Burning Man) culture, current events, and stories.

Burners At PlayEveryone has stories from the Playa. One week spent in the Black Rock desert leads to a lifetime of stories. When Burners get home, they can’t help but talk about and discuss their experiences at Burning Man. This post is the first audio post in an ongoing series titled This One Time, At Burning Man.

This One Time, At Burning Man will be a collection of written, audio, and video stories told by Burners from around the world.

This week’s story comes to us from a Burner named Ambassador. It’s a story about a hat, how Ambassador got his Burner name (Burning Man 2009), and some of the strange things that can happen on the Playa. Ambassador’s Hat was recorded at the Fusion Factory in Denver on a Monday night potluck gathering.

(Caution: Has some NSFW language)

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If you would like to submit an audio, video, or written story for the This One Time, At Burning Man series, please contact me at CapacityandDesire@gmail.com. Make sure to read last week’s Burning Man article on ticket ideas and the STEP program and please help Capacity and Desire out by sharing this story and going to the Facebook Page and clicking like.

More Capacity and Desire Site and Life Updates

One thing I’ve learned while working in an office setting is to always keep backup-reserve stores of coffee creamer for the days where everything goes weird.

A Tale of a Stolen Car

Denver Cruiser Ride Bicycle

I'm going to need a new ride.

Today is one of the weird days. First, apologies to any morning readers for the delayed post. I meant to write this post last night, but instead spent a few hours looking at getting a new car (long story short, my car was stolenĀ last Thursday and now I need a new one). It has been a weird week! I’m not used to having things stolen. I’m the person who goes out of their way to know where all of their possessions are. Having an entire car disappear is a bit unnerving. I’m figuring it out.

Life Changes and Performances

Well, while we’re on the subject of my life, I might as well share some current happenings with all of you. I have a dream job interview coming up Friday (wish me luck please!), a going away event this weekend, and I’m hoping to schedule one or two last performances in Denver before I head off to Seattle.

Ah! I can’t wait to perform in Seattle. I’m looking forward to being in a new performance scene. There’s always so much to learn, so many ways to improve and get better at everything! I’m going to need to step it up in my costuming, clowning, and fire routines. There are many friends on the West Coast who live the glamorous performance life. I’m hoping to learn from them and work beside them. If any readers know a performer, troupe, group, music collective, or artist collective that I should get in touch with in Seattle, please shoot me an email, contact me on the Facebook page, or hit me up on Twitter!

In the meantime, life has been spent constantly studying marketing, advertising, writing, design, SEO, social media marketing (the right way), dancing, website coding, networking, etc. Throw guitar into that and you almost have the full mix!

The Capacity and Desire Site

I am happy to say that the next and last links have been added to the site. The banner is the next thing on the list to start fixing/working on. After that I think I’ll work on optimizing the code of the site while adding professional and performance sections. My goal is to have three articles per week for Capacity and Desire readers. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday posts! If you haven’t checked out Monday’s Burning Man article, go check it out now and as always, please like C+D on Facebook and share the site with your friends. Friday’s article will most likely be a reviews and rants article!

C+D: Creating, Updating, and Branding

Capacity and Desire

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+D Pinterest 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.

Be on the lookout for a new post Monday!