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“Dance of Life” or, more specifically, danceoflife.life is a holistic and anecdotal marrying of my life’s journey into the fields of dance, mental health, recreation and dance therapies, and, yes, the journey back to health and wellness, all of which have put me in the position of life coach and teacher.

Dance of life.life, focuses on a holistic (or whole person) approach to truly living life – body, mind and soul – or mental, physical and spiritual. Although my background and education include 35 years of coaching competitive and recreational ballroom dance – couples and teams – and about that many years teaching modern dance which is very holistic in its approach, I think that anything that causes a person to move – physically, mentally and spiritually – is going to be healthy for building the whole person and I am passionate about writing about this topic.

At the same time within those 35 years, I have worked about 30 years in the mental health field, sometimes as a therapist and sometimes in recreation therapy and dance therapy, but all of my working life I have been a coach -- a life coach.  So whatever I have been doing, whether with dancers, athletes, young women competing in pageants --  whatever – it involved the total person and the discovery for my students or clients of who they really are, where they want to be and who they want to become;

The last ten years I have been learning how to regain my health – physically, mentally and spiritually and I want very much to share this journey with others.  I believe that if a person neglects any one of these areas, the other two will suffer.  There must always be some movement forward in all three areas.  It’s called BALANCE.

Life has always presented itself to me in terms of dance:  allowing the creativity to flow and teaching me to trust my “gut” -- my ideas and my dreams.  In dance I learned discipline and determination.  I learned to face challenges and challengers, to be able to put my trust in ballroom partners and team members, coaches and teachers, and most of all, to connect to my Higher Power and, consequently, to those around me.

When we move, our thought processes are sharper and clearer, feeding our bodies, brains, and souls for health, energy, personal growth and definitely for slowing the aging process.

This “dance of life” has been very good at teaching me just that -- life.  I can approach change in my life without fear but, instead, with the joy of new challenges that sometimes are successful and sometimes miserable failures.  It has taught me integrity – to myself and others – while allowing me to be vulnerable and comfortable with that vulnerability.

But just to be honest with everyone, I was terrified to put up a website. I am no kind of techie and I have been terrified to write anything.  The deep breathing to keep down the panic almost made me faint at times.  However, into my life came several teachers who have encouraged me to write – even my research paper on "Juvenile Probation and The Efficacy of Community Service to Build Social Interest in Juvenile Probationers" was requested by several Idaho judges and a paper on philosophy of recreation was sent to AAPHERD as the top graduate paper from the recreation department at Brigham Young University that year.  

Another professor told me I had the best Masters’ Thesis in the Counseling program a few months later that year -- on Adlerian Philosophy and psychology -- my philosophy of counseling and teaching -- and big in holistic circles.

Now my husband would call me out for bragging. He may be right but it doesn’t feel like bragging.  It was the memory of those 3 or 4 professors giving me that feedback and that encouragement that pulled me away from the terror mark at the edge of the cliff to being just generally frightened to put my writing out there -- so to speak.  Now if enough of you leave comments, who knows what I can learn.

I have been so blessed in my life to have the opportunities I have been given.  I have tried to be open to them.  Thus, they come.  I hope you will share this journey with me and share your challenges and hopes and dreams.  They don’t have to involve dance – only life.  That is what “danceoflife.life” was created to accomplish, aside from keeping me from worrying about white hair and the only social life I have, which is in the pool at the athletic club.  (Just so you know, my hair isn’t white yet.  Neither is my mother’s hair white.  I refuse to go white before my mother.)

Those things that I have no expertise in, please know that I have many friends who do have the expertise and I will be also sharing their ideas, challenges, and experiences.

I hope you will join us and feel like contributing – thoughts, tips, stories, requests, comments, etc. -- but, please, only if respectful.

Thank you,
Nancy

P.S. Don’t be afraid to Like, Share, Follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and give me a heads up on what you're concerns might be in life – if you are so inclined.


“Dance of Life” or, more specifically, danceoflife.life is a holistic and anecdotal marrying of my life’s journey into the fields of dance, mental health, recreation and dance therapies, and, yes, the journey back to health and wellness, all of which have put me in the position of life coach and teacher.

Dance of life.life, focuses on a holistic (or whole person) approach to truly living life – body, mind and soul – or mental, physical and spiritual. Although my background and education include 35 years of coaching competitive and recreational ballroom dance – couples and teams – and about that many years teaching modern dance which is very holistic in its approach, I think that anything that causes a person to move – physically, mentally and spiritually – is going to be healthy for building the whole person and I am passionate about writing about this topic.
At the same time within those 35 years, I have worked about 30 years in the mental health field, sometimes as a therapist and sometimes in recreation therapy and dance therapy, but all of my working life I have been a coach – a life coach. So whatever I have been doing, whether with dancers, athletes, young women competing in pageants – whatever – it involved the total person and the discovery for my students or clients of who they really are, where they want to be and who they want to become;
The last ten years I have been learning how to regain my health – physically, mentally and spiritually and I want very much to share this journey with others. I believe that if a person neglects any one of these areas, the other two will suffer. There must always be some movement forward in all three areas. It’s called BALANCE.

Life has always presented itself to me in terms of dance: allowing the creativity to flow and teaching me to trust my “gut” – my ideas and my dreams. In dance, I learned discipline and determination. I learned to face challenges and challenges, to be able to put my trust in ballroom partners and team members, coaches and teachers, and most of all, to connect to my Higher Power and, consequently, those around me.

When we move, our thought processes are sharper and clearer, feeding our bodies, brains, and souls for health, energy, personal growth and definitely for slowing the aging process.

This “dance of life” has been very good at teaching me just that – life. I can approach change in my life without fear but, instead, with the joy of new challenges that sometimes are successful and sometimes miserable failures. It has taught me integrity – to myself and others – while allowing me to be vulnerable and comfortable with that vulnerability.
But just to be honest with everyone, I was terrified to put up a website. I am no kind of techie and I have been terrified to write anything. The deep breathing to keep down the panic almost made me faint at times. However, into my life came several teachers who have encouraged me to write – even my research paper on Juvenile Probation and The Efficacy of Community Service to Build Social Interest in Juvenile Probationers was requested by several Idaho judges and a paper on philosophy of recreation was sent to AAPHERD as the top graduate paper from the recreation department at Brigham Young University that year. Another professor told me I had the best Masters’ Thesis in the Counseling program a few months later that year – on Adlerian Philosophy and psychology -- my philosophy of counseling and big in holistic circles.

Now my husband would call me out for bragging. He may be right but it doesn’t feel like bragging. It was the memory of those 3 or 4 professors giving me that feedback and that encouragement that pulled me away from the terror mark at the edge of the cliff to being just generally frightened to put my writing out there -- so to speak. Now if enough of you leave comments, who knows what I can learn.

I have been so blessed in my life to have the opportunities I have been given. I have tried to be open to them. Thus, they come. I hope you will share this journey with me and share your challenges and hopes and dreams. They don’t have to involve dance – only life. That is what “danceoflife.life” was created to accomplish, aside from keeping me from worrying about white hair and the only social life I have, which is in the pool at the athletic club. (Just so you know, my hair isn’t white yet. Neither is my mother’s hair white. I refuse to go white before my mother.)
Those things that I have no expertise in, please know that I have many friends who do have the expertise and I will be also sharing their ideas, challenges, and experiences.
I hope you will join us and feel like contributing – thoughts, tips, stories, requests, comments, etc. -- but, please, only if respectful.
Thank you,
Nancy
P.S. Don’t be afraid to Like, Share, Follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn and give me a heads up on what you're concerned might be in life – if you are so inclined.

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