Do Not Be Reduced
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"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."
- Maya Angelou, excerpted from Letter to My Daughter

Image above: The Wheel from the DruidCraft Tarot

Over the past couple of weeks I've heard so many of you say that dance (whether through Nia or ArcanaDance) has felt like a healing balm, a therapeutic release, and space of refuge from the emotional tension and bombardment of uncertainty permeating your lives. To that I say, yes, I feel you and am right there with you. Dancing with you has served as a healing balm for me, as well.

I am not interested in writing a political newsletter. I don't think that would be helpful or affirming for the broad spectrum of feelings, beliefs and experiences that are unique to each of you. Instead I will offer my own story... there are countless times in the past couple of weeks that I have felt myself shrinking in fear and noticing how it threatened to reduce and dim my light. I have had to catch myself multiple times from communicating in a way that could potentially harm, invalidate, demean or dismiss others. That is not who I want to be nor how I want to serve in this lifetime. To stay centered and in integrity, I've had to develop some clear boundaries around social media, conversation, television and my own personal story narrative. This is a practice and it is not, I repeat not, easy or comfortable. But it's a worthy practice to not be reduced to fear, hopelessness or helplessness.

To bring myself back to integrity, I do two things, I ask myself what archetype is moving through my life and then I dance with it. When I planned out my workshops for the year ahead, I had initially selected The Empress (mothering ourselves to wellness) for the month of February. When I checked in with myself I realized that I can't mother myself until I bring myself back from the spinning rim to the solid steady core where I can bear witness to things unfolding around me without getting caught up in the loop, pace or rhythm. That's how February's ArcanaDance workshop, Dancing Through Change: A Tarot Workshop with The Wheel of Fortune Card, was born. 

I hope you will take the opportunity to join me on this journey to explore practices to stay centered, bright and expansive, so that we are not reduced by the stressors of things that appear beyond our control. I would love to hear what practices serve and support you in this way. Please do share <3. 

Registration is open - email Jennifer at
Below are announcements of upcoming classes and workshops:

I am looking forward to dancing with you all in the week ahead!

Nia on Tuesday, January 31 at 6:00pm at Balance Studio (Fremont)
Nia on Thursday, February 2 at 6:00pm at Embrace the Moon (Ballard)

ArcanaDance: The Dance of Earth on Sunday, February 5 at 9:00am at Balance Studio (Fremont)
Nia on Sunday, February 5 at 10:30am at Balance Studio (Fremont)

If you plan to come to The Dance of the Magician: Actualize Unlimited Potential, An Introductory ArcanaDance Workshop at Embody in Centralia the early bird rate of $30 ends this week February 3. 
Date: Friday, February 10, 2017
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Cost: $30* Early Bird (ends 2/3)
To register:
*Stay for Nia at 9:00am at Embody on Saturday, February 11, 2017 when Jennifer and Christina Wolf will co-teach the Nia routine Cadence.

Mark your calendars!

Stretch & Fly Yoga Dance with Jennifer & Liziah 
The Dance of the Healing Heart

Saturday February 18, 2017
6:00pm - 7:15pm, $15 at
Embrace the Moon in Ballard.

Learn more about Stretch & Fly here.

Learn the Moves to the Nia routine “Deep Dive” Workshop
Monday, February 20, 2017
10:30am - 12:30pm
Balance Studio in Fremont
$30 preregister, $35 at the door (class card holders can use two punches on their class card)

Have you ever wanted to learn and develop grater mastery of the moves to a Nia routine? If so, join me for this two-hour workshop where I will break down the moves from the Nia routine “Deep Dive.” See more

With love, warmth and gratitude,
ArcanaDance: The Dance of the Four Elements, A Movement Exploration of Earth, Fire, Water & Air
February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2017 at Balance Studio. More info here.
Join me in Centralia for ArcanaDance: Dance of the Magician on Friday, February 10, 2017 and Nia and Tarot Readings on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Squeal!
More info here.
Learn the Moves to the Nia routine “Deep Dive” Workshop
Monday, February 20, 2017 at Balance Studio. 
This fun workshop is open to everyone, whether you are new to Nia or a long-time student.
More info here.
Sistahs in Silence: Meditation Retreats for Women of Color
Rejuvenation Retreat with Daveda Russell, Tairea Velasquez, and Jennifer Lucero-Earle
March 9 - 12, 2017, Palm Springs, CA
Nia, ArcanaDance and Tarot with Jennifer at Camp Souldust
I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaching daily morning Nia classes, two ArcanaDance workshops and offering a limited number of tarot readings at Camp Souldust
April 21 - 24, 2017, Camp Colman, Longbranch, WA 
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