Shawn L. Bird

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poem-reality June 21, 2017

Eventually

Reality has to intervene.

You’re not destined for the NHL

Or the corps de ballet

Your voice will not sell

A million records.

Simon sends you packing.

 

Reality can suck.

But if playing hockey

Brings you happiness

Why stop just because you’ll never hoist the Stanley Cup?

Dance like nobody’s watching

Sing until you’re smiling.

 

Don’t let reality rob you of the joy

Of the activity itself.

The rush of a beautiful pass and goal.

The beauty of a perfectly formed pirouette.

The harmony than hums in your ear.

Celebrate those moments for ten thousand hours.

 

They say ten thousand hours yields excellence.

Perhaps you’ll need twenty.

Or thirty.

Embrace the joy.

Share in a community of like minds.

Perhaps after forty thousand hours

Your reality will change

And if it doesn’t,

At least you’ll nurture your soul.

Like reality,

Success has many faces.

 

poem-dance March 29, 2015

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The music echoes through her bones

throbbing heart beat,

quivering quavers,

filling feet with rhythm.

Eyes scanning for possibilities,

Whose arms will encircle her?

Will he be the one to enfold her,

entwine their bodies,

make her sway

under his percussion?

She watches and wonders,

Shall she dance?

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(Inspired by Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez tonight)

 

poem- dancing July 13, 2014

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She wouldn’t dance.

But still

he spun her in circles

twisted her arms

flipped her over

spun her again

’til she was dizzy.

And yet

she wouldn’t dance.

 

dancing September 23, 2012

Filed under: Commentary,fun — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:57 pm
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I’ve been off the blog because I’ve been attending dance workshops the last couple of days.  Get Bent Yoga and Bellydance came up from Penticton to do some classes with us.

If you are in Penticton, you need to check them out, they have drop in classes! If you’re in a town where they tour, you won’t be disappointed with their show!

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When I’ve recovered from the exhausting hours of exercise and mental effort, I’ll write you a fascinating blog post, I promise.  Well.  I’ll write a blog post, at least! 🙂

 

Dance dance dance! September 19, 2012

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The high school where I teach English and Drama this year, is famous for its amazing dance program.  Here’s a Youtube video of the Pleasant Valley Secondary Adrenaline Dance Team in action:

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The camera was really close in ^^^^ that version ^^^^ though the energy is particularly high because it’s a competition.  Here is a performance of the same number, with a wider perspective:

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solution to the Hunger Games April 23, 2012

Filed under: anecdotes,Commentary — Shawn L. Bird @ 3:25 pm
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Overheard in my class room:

If I was a tribute in The Hunger Games I’d make an alliance with everyone and teach them to dance, because everyone knows you don’t murder a flash mob.

-Morgan

🙂

 

Jamila Mai at the Roots and Blues August 23, 2011

Some members of Jamila Mai performing at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues

Jamila Mai Belly Dance of Salmon Arm offers classes for beginners and intermediate belly dancers of  all ages.  Classes run in three sessions a year: generally Sept to Dec, Jan to Mar, Mar to May at the Downtown Activity Centre (former Salmon Arm Elementary).

For details, contact Rachael  at two-five-zero-eight-three-three-nineteen-fifteen or email her at drmoney@telus.net

 

 
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