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Music: Peggy Lee, Steve Tyrell, Rosemary Clooney

Rosemary Clooney

Rosemary Clooney

There’s so much good music that it’s hard to know where to begin. I’ll start with something I used today. It was the last class in the summer session for Mountain View students, and I used some old standards for warm-up.
If you click the “Play” button below, you can hear 30 to 60 seconds of the song. On the playbar that comes up, volume control is just to the left of the graphic that looks like a speaker. It’s a vertical fader. I’ve reduced the volume of these songs in hopes they won’t be too loud. The default volume setting is in the middle of the fader, so you can make the volume louder yourself.
If you don’t close the playbar, it will go on to the next song (when you’re viewing the entire post). This music-playing applet is available from Yahoo and it’s free. Click where it says “learn more” for details.
The Amazon graphic takes you to Amazon’s website, where you can hear a different sample from the same song. Same for the iTunes button.

Peggy Lee – I’ve got the world on a string

From the album: Great Ladies Of Song / Spotlight On Peggy Lee
Warm up One (2:21)
Play: Peggy Lee – I’ve got the world on a string

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Rosen Method Movement Music

Matisse Dance

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A Rosen Method Movement class takes students through a sequence of movements. The sequence prepares the body to move with ease across the dance floor. All movements are done to music, but not just any music.
The songs used in a class need to have a tempo that’s not too fast and not too slow. A tempo that allows moving in both single and double time (“let’s do that twice as fast”) is ideal, but not a deal-breaker.
Selecting music always brings up a number of subjective issues for me. I avoid religion and politics, for example. I don’t use rap because some students find it offensive, I try to strike a balance between music that students would clearly enjoy (standards, familiar songs), music that’s more of a stretch, and my personal favorites at the moment.

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Rosen Method Movement teachers

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Rosen Method Movement: Gentle, yet powerful movement and dance designed to lubricate all the joints in the body. Classes help you stay active and healthy, improve balance and coordination, and cope more effectively with stress. Developed by an innovative physical therapist as a way to prevent difficulties before they arise, each class follows a sequence that prepares the body to dance across the floor. Low-impact, both energizing and meditative, and definitely fun. Read more

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My limbs are made glorious

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on joyful dancing, here’s the video Where the Hell is Matt? Thanks to a Rosen Method friend, Joanna, for sending it.


The video includes dancing in 42 countries. I especially like the crabs on the beach on Christmas Island, Australia and the dog in Kuwait City. And that short kid on the left in Sydney who dances by kicking his legs out to the side? I love to do that. It just happens! Everybody loves to dance. It doesn’t matter how you do it. Read more

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Dance for joy: Rosen Method Movement and a Minnesota wedding

When I try to explain Rosen Method Movement (RMM) to people, I like to quote Marion Rosen on the way you feel after a movement class: “Our goal is to make people feel happy and motivated to dance, rather than drag themselves around. We would like them to feel physically well when their bodies move, and emotionally cheerful.”

The secret to Rosen movement classes is the music. Everyone responds to rhythm with their muscles, bones, and soul. With the right music, you just can’t help moving. When you move with a group, the joy is contagious.

I’m a Rosen movement teacher, so it’s no wonder I was moved to tears watching this Minnesota bridal party express their joy as they move down the aisle, feeling the music with their bodies and souls.

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