Dance You Should Watch: This Woman’s Work

This dance from the fifth season of So You Think You Can Dance is a perfect example of the way that dance can express the inexpressible.  “This Woman’s Work” is a story similar to the last dance we posted (they won’t all be sad!) – the story of a woman fighting cancer.  The thing I love about this dance is the way Melissa fights so hard to come to terms with the challenges she’s facing, but how she can only be truly strong with the help of another.  Watch this dance for the story it’s telling, but also for the way it can relate to you and your role of helping those who need help, and those who help you when you need help.

-Joni

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Dance You Should Watch: Fix You

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One of the most stunning moments of choreography in So You Think You Can Dance.  It’s a beautiful portrayal of the struggle, love and inner triumph of serving and supporting one you love through a personal trial.  This is a great example of artistic expression communicating with power and beauty.  A great example of using dance as an abstract portrayal of truth.  Just a great example to strive to live up to in our own expressions.

Essay You Should Read: The Fringe Benefits of Failure

By J.K Rowling

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We’ve found J.K. Rowling to be among the most inspiring and thought-provoking individuals.  Here she is delivering the commencement speech at Harvard.  She presents strong ideas on what failure means as well as brilliant insight into why imagination is useful and what your responsibility is to use your imagination well.  I’m guessing that her thoughts on imagination will surprise you.

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.