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Greetings from the Shamsiverse, June 23, 2017

Greetings Fellow Space Travelers, Happy Freyja’sDay!

I’ve decided to start posting here once a week as a way of better connecting with the world, and letting you all know what’s up in general.

I’ll be sharing some thoughts around process, forgiveness, meditation, movement, awareness, joy, projects I’ve got going on, classes I’m teaching, and hope to start teaching before the calendar year is up. So …I guess it’ll be a pretty mixed bag from the sounds of things.

Regardless of where I end up, I would love to hear from you on this new journey. I’d love to hear what you’re up to, what’s bringing you simple joys in the middle of a crazy world. I want to know what you’re finding difficult to express, and let you know where I’m struggling with that too.

I’m looking to build deeper connections.

It’s been almost exactly one year (6/30/16) since I left a desk job that, when I tell people what I did, they  stop for and look at me, mystified. It was an atmosphere almost completely out of line with who and what I am.

In the last year I definitely haven’t ‘Gotten There’ 🙂 wherever that may be, I’m still not entirely certain, except that it involves the city of New Orleans, Art, Movement, Teaching, Empowerment, Housing, The Mother, and Love. Not necessarily in that order. But those are the reasons I’m here, mostly. And now I’m spending time working through the process of what that looks and feels like.

So yeah. All that.

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 24th I’ll be teaching PoundFitness® at 9am, and then later I’ll be performing bellydance at Jamila’s Cafe 7808 Maple Street from 8-10pm. Next week, I’ll be over at Crescent Lotus Dance Studio teaching PoundFitness® and Anatomy of Bellydance (A.o.B.). We’re working on arms this month, and probably into next month as well.

Both Pound® and A.o.B. are open to all levels of fitness, experience, coordination, and rhythm. I encourage you to reach out and connect if you’ve got any doubts about that. The beautiful thing about all of the movement classes I teach right now is that they’re all about awareness, but they come at awareness from completely different perspectives, and I think that makes it all pretty exciting.

Each week’s post will feature the Happy Freyja’sDay Dance video from that morning (at the bottom of this post), where I hope you dance along, as always.

Until next time, I hope you get to spend time with people you love doing stuff that fills you up and brings you joy!

~Shamsi, Charlie, Me


For reference, every Freyja’sDay (Friday), for the last 2.75 years, I’ve been dropping a 45 on a record player and dancing – as a way to greet the weekend, celebrate the joys of ending the ‘work’ week and in general, connecting with folks I don’t ever get to see, and spreading joy and fun.

Sometimes the show goes on the road. Sometimes I find people who will dance with me.

More often than not the show is just me, in my living room. 🙂 But I hope to change this soon.

Regardless, I always have a good time, and hope that everyone watching is also dancing along and having a good time.

This morning was a *fabulous* example of how being human, and deciding to use technology doesn’t always go according to plan. It’s good to be human. And it’s really okay to be flawed. So heck, why not share that fabulousness with everyone? 😉

That was a lot of reference. Here’s the video …in all of it’s kooky-splendor. Me, and my one of my besties, Kryss …because it’s not everyone I can convince to go dance with me in the middle of Jackson Square at 6am. #Truth


(because of the technical difficulties, the sound wasn’t recorded beyond the first 40 seconds, so here’s a link to the music …just in case you need to dance)