In my upcoming Online Dance School, (Launching August 19th - 6 more days!!!) I am hereby Introducing a New yet Ancient Dance style to the scene. I call it Tao-Pop.
Taoism + Popping (Pop'Lock) = Tao-Pop
This unique methodology and approach to the Popping dance style fuses it with the wisdom, philosophy, and practices of Taoism (pronounced Daoism).
Taoism is an ancient philosophy, having originated from the far East, that values one to live in accordance with the Tao aka "The Way"; i.e the Way of the Universe, the Way Nature operates, the Way God/Creator/Source has designed all of Creation itself.
It teaches us concepts such as Yin & Yang (living in balance and harmony), the 5 elements (understanding the Natural forces of Life), and the I-Ching (understanding the phases and changes of Life).
The Taoist Masters who had obtained the Tao were considered to be Masters of Energy who have achieved incredible abilities such as healing, controlling the weather, flying, teleportation, immortality, and so much more.
Tao-Pop is a system of dance that takes these concepts within Taoism and applies them to the Popping & Animation Dance styles. In my research and experiences I have discovered that the structure of Popping Dance style and the structure of Taoism can seamlessly and perfectly blend into each other.
The following are examples of this, and at the same time, a type of Table of Contents showing the overall structure of the Tao-Pop system:
0: We begin with the Tao. The Dancer empties themself of all thought and emotion. Finding the stillness within movement and movement within stillness.
1: From the Tao emerges the 1, Creator/God/Source. The Dancer invokes the divinity within and aligns with God-Consciousness. Every movement and Dance expression is thus guided by the Tao.
2: Yin & Yang, the Polarities of Life. The Dancer thus explores how Yin & Yang manifests within movement, such as The Groove & The Move.
3. The 5 Elements: The Dancer then explores the 5 elements of Nature and how they express themselves through the 5 Mother Styles of Popping & Animation:
Fire: Popping & Boogaloo
Lightning: Animation & Robotics
4. The 8 Trigrams. The Dancer then studies the 8 virtues of Dance that help one obtain mastery
-Power: Mastering the level of power vs subtelty in movement and being able to maintain energy control
-Creativity: Mastering the ability to be creative and dynamic through dance
-Musicality: Mastering the ability to interpret the music accurately
-Health: Mastering the physical health, stamina, flexibility, and strength of the Dancer's body
-Grace: Mastering the ability to have beauty in movement, balance, coordination, and proper form & structure
-Charisma: Mastering the ability to have character, channel your emotion, and shapeshift into different identities through dance.
-Storytelling: Mastering the ability to tell stories through dance and being able to seamlessly link one move with the next in a way that makes sense.
-Emptiness: Mastering the ability to surrender and let go into the Music. This is the ability to enter the Flow state and eventually "merge with the Tao" through dance.
5. The 5 Dance Paths: The Dancer studies the different Path's one can take on this Path.
The Magician: One who Dances to Perform for audiences
The Warrior: One who Dances to Compete and enter Battles
The Healer/Shaman: One who Dances to Heal themselves and others
The Architect: One who Dances to be in community and choreograph with teams
The Monk: One who studies the history of Dance and is a teacher of Dance
The Sage: One who has mastered All Dance Paths and achieves Enlightenment through Dance
And so here we have the overall structure of the Tao-Pop system. If you would like to learn more and hear me describe the system in more detail, I will be having a Livestream this Saturday August 18th. On the day after, August 19th, I will be officially launching my comprehensive Online Dance School where you can learn the foundations of my unique Tao-Pop System. It is my hope that this unique system and approach to the Pop'lock dance style not only teaches you the proper foundations and fundamentals of the dance, but also leads you into a deeper awareness and experience of dance, movement, and life itself. Stay tuned for more! For each day until launch I will be revealing more about my unique system.
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May the Dance of the Dao be with you~