Yesterday’s Diving In took me into the heady world of Argentinian Tango! Our instructor and guide, Sue, explained that after dancing Tango for many years in her local community, she thought she knew the dance well. Only on actually travelling to Argentina did she discover how much she had left to learn, or in many cases unlearn. What she had learned were the steps, and dancing, like life, is about much more than the steps! It was fascinating the way Sue drew parallels between skills used in dance and in work situations, and highlighted how useful this kind of interdisciplinary exploration can be in helping us to understand old problems in new ways.
The first trick, apparently, is to ‘find your core’, and we all did a good bit of huffing, puffing, power-walking and stretching to try to locate it!
She also stressed the importance of a holistic linking up of mind and body, and allowing ourselves to inhabit our bodies in an intuitive way. This event was full of insightful lessons, and great fun to watch.
An unexpected surprise was coming across the Pop-up Writing Café having popped in to the Chapters café at Moray House! There was a table full of beautiful art postcards which looked like excellent prompts to write with. They were in the midst of intense writerly discussion, but were kind enough to let me snap them! Keep an eye out for the Pop-up Writers café the rest of this week, a great chance for a quick burst of inspiration.
By Pippa Carter, Student Ambassador for ILW