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t’s been more than two years since the launch of Conscious Dancer magazine; this being the 8th quarterly issue makes it an unofficial anniversary of sorts. So before I get to the heaps of gratitude we have for our supporters and readers, I want to address a question that I must have been asked a thousand times by now: “What is ‘conscious dance’?” Over the years, I might have talked about how I love all forms of dance and how we’re cheerleaders for dancers anywhere. I may have described the semantics of the name, and how someone had cleverly pointed out, “It’s Scientific American not Scientific America , right?” I’ve explained that we’re more accurately defined by our double-meaning tagline “movement for a better world” than by the phrase Conscious Dancer. I've mentioned the reasons we highlight connections between dance, well-being, and spirituality as much as the phenomenon itself. I even tried to define conscious

dance as “movement with an intention towards greater awareness.” The term itself was coined out of the need for an umbrella phrase that’s easier to say than “barefootfreestyle-ecstatic-workshop-jam.” But lately it’s hit me. Conscious Dancer is about the transformation of consciousness that happens when you move. About how our minds change when we connect with our bodies. And because consciousness evolves throughout our lives, our tastes for movement evolve as well. There was a time in



founders & publishers Mark

Metz & Aspen Madrone Metz Creative Director Aspen Madrone Quantum Communications Laura Cirolia executive assistant Deborah Meyer Senior Editor Rachel Trachten copy Editor Jerod Allen Graphic Design & Production Melissa White Staff writers Efrain Correal, Laura Cirolia, Caitlin Green, Aspen Madrone, Deborah Meyer, Mark Metz, Karen Mireau, Mari Thorn, Rachel Trachten Staff photographers Laura Cirolia & Tyler Blank Sales and marketing Gian Anastasio, Meghann Pierce Webmaster Steve Shaw IT angel Luis Echeverria Licensing Efrain Correal Printing American Web, Inc. Editor-in-Chief Mark Ad Sales Circulation Subscribe Editorial

other Inquiries PO Box 2330, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 778-9131 Conscious Dancer is a quarterly active lifestyle magazine that celebrates transformative dance, mind-body fitness, and energy movement arts. Conscious Dancer does not endorse any specific modality, practitioner, or product. Please consult a health professional before attempting any new movement activities or health regimens. Conscious Dancer disclaims any liability for loss or injury in connection with activities portrayed or advice given herein. Please send all editorial mail, manuscripts, letters to the editor, and address changes via email or to our Conscious Dancer address listed above. © 2009 Moving Arts International. Printed in the USA with post consumer-waste content using soy-based inks. Please reuse and recycle. All rights reserved.

Providing the soundtrack to Wear All One at Sweet's Ballroom in Oakland, CA.

Checking In

my life when a mosh pit was exactly what I needed, while nowadays I prefer dancing barefoot with happy people instead of angry ones. For me, dance is a shortcut to gratitude for life itself. Many thanks to all the wonderful folks who are part of this movement, and to everyone who comes our way in the making of this magazine. In our next issue, we’ll look at how the spirit moves and meets the younger generation in some dancing families. And we'll cover how the worlds of yoga and dance are converging. So keep those letters coming, stay in touch on our Facebook page, and as always, thanks for doing your part to inspire “movement for a better world.” In Movement

mark metz,


Rolf + Karina are dedicated to awakening Consciousness—in themselves and in those they interact with. R+K are the creators of a new process called Transformational Photography, which supports individuals in moving from self-consciousness to self-awareness. Not bound to any particular place, R+K travel the world, dancing and creating spaces in which others can discover freedom. Their book of photographs, Cameras at Breakfast, and their website reveal their intimate and exciting life together. Valerie Badgett is often guided by lucid visions of colors and other-worldly spaces. She embodies a cultivated blend of talents for use in styling and visual communications. She is a long-term celebrity image creator for major talent like Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, and Will Smith. Her print magazine career started with Mademoiselle while she was working in fashion offices and photo studios in Los Angeles. Credits include fashion & beauty stylisteditor with Teen, Shape, Elle, and Vogue. Aaron Noble is a native of the Pacific Northwest, who considers himself a commander in Chi for the family of light. After graduating from Oregon State University in physical education for teachers, he moved to Arcata, California, and began studying vibrational forms of medicine while guiding a meditative process he calls “yogatation.” He is currently studying at the Institute of Sound and Consciousness in San Francisco, while also bringing the healing principles of sound into his yogatation sessions. Dr. Jody Stanislaw is a naturopathic physician with a passion for helping others establish a strong foundation for optimal health through good nutrition, regular movement, adequate sleep, and a healthy spiritual/emotional life. An outdoor enthusiast throughout her life, Jody enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, dancing, and yoga to keep her body fit. She is writing a book to serve as an inspiration to readers to look inside their soul and follow their dreams.

COVER > Rana Satori in a top and pants by Leom Designs with a tank by Prana. Cuff by Satya. PHOTO > Taken on location by Rolf + Karina at Sweet's Ballroom in Oakland, CA. conscious dancer | fall 2009


Profile for Conscious Dancer

CD Magazine #8  

Dance Therapy, Energy Medicine, TakeTina, Dancing & Fashion, Sound Healing, and Superfood Mixes

CD Magazine #8  

Dance Therapy, Energy Medicine, TakeTina, Dancing & Fashion, Sound Healing, and Superfood Mixes