WORDS TO PUT A BOUNCE IN YOUR STEP - by Stefan Freedman
Updated: Oct 11
We are happy to announce the birth of ‘DANCE WISE’. Subud author, Stefan Freedman, has produced a heart-warming and captivating book.
You’ll find 5 elements:
Easy, enjoyable exercises to music which everyone can achieve.
Musings about timeless moments and how to remedy stress
Stories and anecdotes from the author’s worldwide group work
A vision for a harmonious world and practical suggestions for contributing
Delightful illustrations and poetry
Stefan considers this book his most valuable legacy. He says, “Subud people, you will chuckle. The first chapter heading is From Clunky to Slinky, and I bet you can imagine from your own experience how the latihan supported me in overcoming shyness
It was a surprise to find a natural dancer hiding in my clumsy body. A further amazement to be producing original choreography, and hosting international cultural events worldwide. When I design dances or work with groups I often feel a strong connection with the latihan. At those times I am given help to put aside personal limitations and struggles. Things seem to flow.”
Picture: Stefan with a dancing class
Here is a brief extract from the book.
Dancing rouses all the slumbering ghosts in your mansion. Spellbound by rhythms and intricate geometries, day to day worries vanish. You are totally present.
My fascination is with the internal experience, the ‘invisible dance’, which accompanies the body movements. There is a light and playful element to dancing which has inspired the writing. This provides a counterpoint to the scientific content of the text.
Dance provides cathartic release from physical and emotional stress. It can leave you feeling serene, emptied of anxieties. We will investigate how this happens and how to maximise these benefits.
“Stefan is both wordsmith and visionary. What delighted me was his obvious grasp of the dynamics of breakdown in both the health of the individual and in global societies. A unique study on the transformative power of dance, combining artistry and enlightenment, wisdom and understanding. A wonderful gift to all those working towards seeding a better future.” - Stephanie Rose, dance facilitator and therapist
At the time of writing Stefan has just completed all the formatting. With a bit of luck DANCE WISE will be available on Amazon, both in paperback and as an iBook, by the time you read this. Further info at www.dancewise.net
If you would like to support, do treat yourself to a copy and leave a review on Amazon.