Friday, May 21, 2010

Shake Your Booty for the Community

I'm really excited about this upcoming FUNdraiser on May 26th to provide InterPlay for the girls in the Kansas City, Kansas YMCA Summer Camp, because it's for a good cause AND it gives me an excuse to do something I already love.

InterPlay is a unique program that is based in dance, improv and bodily awareness. It's also a community building program that teaches you to be aware of your body and how silliness can lead to inner wisdom. The InterPlay website puts it this way:

InterPlay is easy, fun, and life changing. It is based in a series of incremental “forms” that lead participants to movement and stories, silence and song, ease and amusement. In the process, we unlock the wisdom of our bodies and the wisdom in our communities.

Life has become so fragmented. InterPlay helps to pull everything back together so we can reclaim our lives and get more of what we want—whatever that might be.

InterPlay is devoted to fun. It teaches the language and ethic of play in a deep and powerful way.

If you are convinced that seriousness is the path to inner wisdom, then you might want to look elsewhere. If you would like to become a "recovering serious person," then InterPlay is for you.

You don’t have to think of yourself as creative in order to do InterPlay. We can teach you that part easily. InterPlay is firmly based in affirmation and looking for the good. We get far too much criticism in our lives already. We need to spend more time in the warm bath of acceptance.

InterPlay is the perfect antidote to stress and cynicism.

InterPlay is a community of people around the world who speak the shared language of a wide and deep variety of play. It is a body of bodies who enjoy contact and connection. You can skim the surface and learn some wonderful new ways to live, or you can dive into the deep end and really change your life. It is up to you!

InterPlay has been developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter over the last twenty years and has spread around the world. [Original emphasis]

My friend Devi started the local branch of this world-wide movement and having experienced it myself, I know it's worth supporting. Every time I've gone to an InterPlay event I have had so much fun, gotten more exercise than I thought I would, and felt so much more relaxed afterwards. It's almost as relaxing as a massage. Sometimes I have so much fun while we're playing that I can't stop laughing. That's a great problem to have.

So I'm excited that this program could spread and I'm excited that this event to raise money for it will be full of fun and dancing! People just don't dance enough.

The evening's schedule is as follows:
  • 7:00-9:00 PM Appetizer Specials and Community Networking
  • 7:30-8:30 PM Mikal Shapiro and Shane Ogren present... magical music.
  • 9:00-10:00 PM Interplay Demonstrations
  • 10:00 PM Dance, Dance, Dance!!!

It's only $5 so please consider helping.

Hope to see you there :)

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1 comment:

Kim Williams said...

how much fun is that!?