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Yoga, Dance and Mindfulness for Every(body).


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Dance In The Schools 2015: Life Cycle of the Yoga Butterfly

Waiting For Wings by Lois Ehlert

Today was the final day of Dance In The Schools 2015 at the Baldwin School, Cambridge. My classes were based on the life cycle of the butterfly (current with the 2nd grade science curriculum) and the concepts of senses we know (touch, sight, smell, hearing and taste) and then the ones we don’t know as much about (proprioception= an awareness of our bodies in space and the vestibular system=balance, gravity and movement information though our inner ear).

The best thing about yoga is that it allows for a sensory experience in a safe/non-competitive environment. You can manipulate your body in space, using poses, breath and meditation to clear pathways to achieve balance.

Breathing Sticks (once again, I noted to them to practice their breathing once they got their sticks)

Sa-Ta-Na-Ma meditation

Waiting for Wings/They have eggs to lay...What is the Butterfly Life Cycle?

Egg (usually laid on a leaf)

Larva/Caterpillar (eats leaves to grow)

Pupa/Chrysalis/Cocoon

Adult butterfly/moth

What is metamorphosis?

Interesting facts:

  1. Butterflies are active during the day feeding on flowers. They suck up the sweet nectar with their long, curly tongues. That is because butterflies cannot bite or chew.
  2. There are about 150,000 kinds of butterflies and they and their caterpillars come in all sorts of colors and sizes.
  3. Butterflies Like all insects, they have six jointed legs, 3 body parts, a pair of antennae, compound eyes, and an exoskeleton. The three body parts are the head, thorax (the chest), and abdomen (the tail end). Most have four wings. The wings of butterflies are covered with tiny scales that seem to shimmer in the daylight. Some of them are brightly colored. Others have bold patterns or scary eye-spots. When a butterfly flashes its wings at its enemies, it confuses them, and gives itself time to escape the danger that they might be in.
  4. Butterflies and moth belong to the order Lepidoptera. Lepidos is Greek for “scales” and ptera means “wing”. Monarch visiting Mums

Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

Out in the fields, eggs are hidden from view. Child’s pose

clinging to leaves with butterfly glue. Stretching child’s pose. Fingers crawl to the left and right to stretch sides.

Soon caterpillars hatch. They creep and they chew. Creep forward into inchworm.

Each one knows what it must do. Press up to cobra. Add hissing and snaking back up and down.

Find a place where winds don;t blow, Locust.

then make a case in which to grow. Bow.

Caterpillar changes now begin– Rock and roll on belly, release. Rise up to standing position.

body and wings take shape within. Tapping.

When it’s time, each case is torn– Willow tree and joy breath.

wings unfold; new butterflies are born! Star Pose.

They pump their wings, get ready to fly, Add cross body kicks.

then hungry butterflies head for the sky. Yoga Jumping Jacks.

Looking for flowers with nectar to eat, Standing flower pose (tree)

they catch a whiff of something sweet.: Join a partner for partner tree/or group tree

They follow that fragrant scent of perfume, Melt to the floor. breathing in and smelling the delicious odor of fresh flowers 3x.

until they find our garden bloom.: Seated flower

We’ve been waiting for wings! Seated bat (opening flower)

We watch them circle, land on their feet, Lay on back and hug knees to chest. Legs up towards ceiling, as if walking on ceiling. Foot circles, both directions. Point and flex and then walk on ceiling and then bicycle.

unroll their tongues, and begin to eat.: Rock and roll. Grab feet, happy baby.

They dip and sip, Feet down. Simple lying twist.

then fly away, back home to the fields… Full body stretch-like a gingerbread man.

They have eggs to lay.: Savasana

Song (sung to the tune of Pop Goes The Weasel)…I tried!

I spin and spin my chrysalis

I stay inside to rest

When I come out….Metamorphosis!

Pop! Goes the butterfly.

Of course we then did a rousing version of Yogini Went to Sea and then the Downward Dog Crawl Tunnel. Not taking into account the size of the room, proved to be a stumper for a moment. But I offered up the challenge to the class and we  were able to create a circle, which worked very well! I so appreciated the first groups problem solving ability!

Please enjoy the wonderful gift I received:

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Ole! Namaste!


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Book Review: Thelma’s Tap Notes. A Step-by-Step Guide To Teaching Tap: Children’s Edition

Title: Thelma’s Tap Notes. A Step-by-Step Guide To Teaching Tap: Children’s Edition
Author: Thelma Goldberg
Publisher: Thelma Goldberg 2013
Theme: Non-Fiction. Instructional Manual for teaching tap dance to children ages 6-12.
Guiding Principles: Release, Relax, Rhythmic Progressions and Full Bodied Rhythm-Making (TM)

Review by Eve Costarelli

This is my first official book review! My dear friend, Thelma Goldberg, sent me a copy of her newly self-published book Thelma’s Tap Notes. A Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching Tap: Children’s Edition. This is a beautifully laid out manual and I love the catchy and useful sticky note style highlights throughout the book (I also received an accompanying sticky “Tap Notes” pad-which made it very easy for me to jot down my own notes as I went along the book.) Right from the very beginning, Thelma lays out exactly what her approach is to teaching tap to children ages 6-12 and she methodically breaks down her methods level-by-level.

I appreciate how Thelma refers to herself as a student as well as a teacher. I have had the pleasure of taking classes with Thelma, so I know first hand what a dedicated and enthusiastic student she is. I also have seen a number of her studios productions over the years and can equally say she is a committed, passionate teacher, choreographer and leader. Because of this, I can say that Thelma is deeply rooted and she never stops growing!

Thelma’s Tap Notes is guided by four principles: Release, Relax, Rhythmic Progressions and Full Bodied Rhythm-Making (TM). In the first part of the book, Levels, each age group: 6 & 7, 7 & 8, 8 & 9, 9-11, 10-12 is broken down into goals, review, musical rhythms, class outline, next step, combos, choreography ideas and improvisation activities. The second part of the book, Series, brings in more tap series needed for the growing dancer: Rudiment Series (courtesy of the Condos Brothers)-basically the ABC’s of tap dance; Double Heel Series-to execute clear and specific single sound movements; Shuffle Series-to get loose and increase crispness of sound; Slap and Flap Series-do I hear a challenge??; Paddle and Roll Series-a very advanced series needed for really good technique; Spank Series-to embody the principle of release; and Time Step Series-a series that spans classical steps through present day creations. Thelma gets into the nitty-gritty needed to develop dancers feet, musicality and expression.

The closing of the manual brings in various tap dancers biographies, tying the deep seated tradition of jazz tap to its modernity. Thelma has created not only a clear, accessible teacher’s guide but a great reference manual for avid students and seasoned teachers. To note, I too am a children’s dance teacher (flamenco, tap and yoga), and I found that this guide will be a great addition to my practices of teaching-especially in helping me to lay down my own step-by-step approach. Bravo Thelma! Encore!

Thelma adds: I invite you and others to send me questions and comments so that I can continue to clarify my method in a way that helps other teachers understand my suggestions. Video support will be coming slowly to the website www.thelmastapnotes.comto demonstrate the ‘series’ exercises that are at the core of my approach.


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2013 Classes with Eve Costarelli



         2013 Classes with Eve Costarelli
                   AdamAnt_Eve@hotmail.com; 617-216-1643
                         www. AlwaysBDancing.blogspot.com

Mondays @ Open Spirit, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA; 617-216-1643
4:30-5:30PM Youth Yoga for grades 5-12 (New session) 
6:00-7:30PM Veteran’s Yoga (co-taught with Michael Thomas)
Tuesdays @ Spirit Bear Power Yoga, 19 Main Street, Natick, MA; 508-655-YOGA (9642)
4:00-5:00PM Youth Yoga for grades 5-12 (New session)
Tuesdays @ Dancing Arts Center, 9 Whitney Street, Holliston, MA; 508-429-7577
6:00-7:00PM Youth Tap (ages 6-10) (New sessions starting January 22, 2013)
7:00-8:00PM Teen Tap (ages 11+)
8:00-9:00PM Adult Tap
Wednesdays @ the Dance Complex, 536 Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA; 617-216-1643
4:00-5:00PM Youth Flamenco 1 (ages 6-10)
5:00-6:00PM Youth Flamenco 2 (ages 11+)
Fridays @ Open Spirit, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA; 617-216-1643
10:00-11:15 Adult/Teen Flamenco: 8-week Sevillanas Series (Welcoming home-schoolers ages 11+) (New session January 11, 2013-March 8, 2013)

Sevillanas:
Sevillanas is a timeless folkdance from southern Spain that has become virtually synonymous with the flamenco of Andalucía. Based on traditional Spanish dances, the Sevillanas form was adopted by the residents of Sevilla (both gypsies and non-gypsies) and merged with their strong flamenco culture to become the most recognizable symbol of the region. Sevillanas are danced in pairs by children, teenagers and adults at nightclubs, parties, and most famously at the annual Feria de Abril in Sevilla. Sevillanas is a fun and exciting dance that enlivens any party and is essential in the repertoire of any flamenco dancer and for all who just love the art of flamenco.
This class will guide the beginner dancer through the basic steps of all four parts of the Sevillanas. The course will cover the basic flamenco style, posture, hand, arm and foot placement. 


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Two great opportunities are coming up this weekend to see the youth flamenco/tap students of Eve (Agush) Costarelli:







Hi All Dance Aficionados!

Two great opportunities are coming up this weekend to see the youth flamenco/tap students of Eve (Agush) Costarelli:
Saturday June 9th @ The Natick Farmer’s Market 12:00-12:30PM
Included in this fabulous occasion will be youth flamenco students, flamenco guitarist Antonio Tiriti and performances by Eve Costarelli. This is a free event and open to the public. Plenty of on street metered parking. Come early, stay late and buy some delicious food from the farmers! Support local growers! 


Sunday June 10th @ Edwards Hall/ Edwards Church, 39 Edwards St., Framingham, MA 1:00-2:00PM
Included in this event are all the flamenco, tap and private students of Eve Costarelli. Open tot he public; Donations are suggested at the door: $10 per person. Plenty of free parking. 









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2012 Dance Classes with Eve Agush


2012 Dance Classes with Eve Agush AdamAnt_Eve@hotmail.com
617-216-1643


Mondays @ Sereda DanceWorks, 89H Washington Ave., Natick, MA.
Youth Tap Dance Level One 4:30-5:30PM (ages 10+)

Mondays @ Edwards Church, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA
Veteran’s Yoga, 6:00-7:30PM (All veterans are invited to experience healing and rejuvenation through this free yoga class). Jointly sponsored by There And Back Again, Edwards and Plymouth Churches. Co-taught by Eve Agush, Sue Lynch and Lynn Stoller.

Wednesdays @ the Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA
Youth Flamenco Level One 4:00-5:00PM  (ages 6+)
Youth Tap Dance Level Two 5:00-6:00PM (ages 10+): This is not a beginner level class; all students should have at least a year of tap dance and understand the basics of tap dance.

Thursdays @ 258 Mt. Vernon Street, Newton, MA
Youth Flamenco Level Two (ages 8+) 5:00-6:00PM

Fridays @ Sereda DanceWorks, 89H Washington Ave., Natick, MA
Adult Flamenco 10:00-11:00AM (Home schooled teenagers are welcome to this class)

Eve is also a gifted individual instructor for adults, teens and children. Contact Eve to schedule a private flamenco, tap or yoga session. Eve also presents school programs and birthday parties


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2011-2012 Dance Classes with Eve Agush


2011-2012 Dance Classes with Eve Agush

Classes begin the week of September 12-16, 2011

·       Mondays @ Sereda DanceWorks, 89H Washington Ave., Natick, MA.
Youth Tap Dance Level 1 3:30-4:30 (ages 7-10); Youth Tap Dance Level 2 4:30-5:30PM (ages 11+); Adult Beginner Tap Dance 6:00-7:00PM

·        Wednesdays @ The Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA
4:00-5:00PM Youth Flamenco Level One for ages 6-10
5:00-6:00PM Youth Tap Dance Level 2 (ages 10+): This is not a beginner level class; all students should have at least a year of tap dance and understand the basics of tap dance.

·        Thursday @ Sereda DanceWorks, 89H Washington Ave., Natick, MA
11:00-12:00PM Adult Flamenco L:evel 1

·        Thursday @ 258 Mt. Vernon Street, Newton, MA
5:00-6:00PM Youth Flamenco Level 2 for ages 8-15

Eve is also a gifted individual instructor for adults, teens and children. Contact Eve to schedule a private flamenco, tap or yoga session. Eve also presents flamenco and yoga birthday parties.    


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Music To My Ears


At class yesterday, when I was telling the children that my family was moving out of town, one young girl looked at me and asked “Well who is going to be our yoga teacher then?”.

What a great opportunity I have to reach these kids. They have come into my program with trust and I have shown them how yoga and life just go together. On numerous occasions, my students have come to me and related how they had spent some time with one of their siblings, teaching them yoga. Makes my heart sing!

I know I am on the right path. My journey is so blessed.

Ole! Namaste!

PS: Don’t worry yogis and yoginis, I will not abandon you.