Orienting Towards Goodness

"There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them." - Vicki Baum

Joy is our birthright. We are designed to experience pleasure. However, have you ever noticed how easy it is to drift to the one negative comment in a sea of positive responses? To dwell on one doubt in the face of overwhelming support?

Yes, we are designed to experience pleasure but our brains have what neuropsychologists call a “negativity bias.” Therefore, we need to practice embodying the full spectrum of human joy, teaching ourselves happiness to counterbalance evolution’s survival directive.

In Open Floor, we investigate embodied joy; the kind of joy that transcends one’s own personal gain; like generosity, compassion, peace, and benevolence. Dancing is the perfect medium for developing our capacity to tolerate the ‘big hits’ of rapture or ecstasy and noticing the quieter forms of joy, such as presence, health, connection, belonging, kindness, ease, and well-being. All of these particular qualities of joy have had imprints within our being. We can strengthen these neural pathways: we can dance ourselves into being happier people at least more of the time.

Rejoice: Open Floor Movement Practice

Olympia, Washington, USA
March 31, 2023
April 2, 2023