Friday, January 25, 2013

Civility Promoted Through Ballroom Dance



Lessons taught in Ballroom Dance Class then translate to how we behave in society. (An interview with Debbie Weist & Peggy Molloy)

MOLLOY: When did you develop an interest in social dancing?

WEIST: I discovered Ballroom dance as a Dance Major at the University of Northern Colorado.

MOLLOY: How do you approach teaching etiquette within the bounds of your classes?

WEIST: Social dancing requires respectfulness with your partner in order to move smoothly and effectively. Also the dance starts with the invitation and includes how you move together on and off the dance floor, which involves social etiquette. I include this in all my classes when appropriate.

MOLLOY: Are you developing local (Humboldt County) teams that could compete?

WEIST: I am starting a Youth Ballroom class this month that could lead to a competitive team. I currently have an adult performance team.

MOLLOY: It is often difficult to find a trained male partner.

WEIST: I am fortunate to have an excellent male dance partner, Justin Golnik, to demonstrate classwork. His background includes team and solo competitions and cotillions in Los Angeles. 

MOLLOY: I know you have a website. Could you tell me the range of dance styles now available?

WEIST: American style tango, waltz, foxtrot, rumba, cha cha, samba, bolero, merengue, 'on one' salsa, East & West coast swing, hustle, and nightclub two-step.
Weist & Golnik

Speaking of talent, grace is a manner of moving but can also be witnessed via a person's state of mind. Cultivating ourselves brings us reading to enhance our journey.
Recently a friend mentions THE TALENT CODE as a format to manifest the gifts we have been given.

"This is a remarkable--even inspiring--book. Daniel Coyle (author) has woven observations from brain research, behavioral research, and real-world training into a conceptual tapestry of genuine importance."...Dr. Robert Bjork, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychology, UCLA.

The Talent Code, written by Daniel Coyle, Published by Bantam 2009.

Thursday, January 10, 2013



arts management network
an interview with dirk heinze & peggy molloy 

MOLLOY: After receiving your newsletter for several years, I would like to ask you where your firm "Arts Management Network" is located?

HEINZE: We are located in Weimar, Germany. Our company was founded in 2002/2003.

MOLLOY: What is your company's story? (Http://

HEINZE: Our company would not exist without the Internet. Our services are all designed to function online.

MOLLOY:  What are the basics?

HEINZE: We have three basic services on a subscription basis, online advertising, or digital journalism at two electronic magazines and two websites.

MOLLOY: What has been the most significant trend you have witnessed?

HEINZE: The most significant trend is the recent shift from one-way-communication to prosumption with the Web 2.0.

MOLLOY: Please explain.

HEINZE: The users themselves create content, and as we do the same, the result of sharing this content permanently at a global stage, is the added value of an online community.  

MOLLOY: May I have an example?

HEINZE: We had a cultural management conference in Berlin. Academics, industry, society and
politics fuse together with new trends with new stakeholders in the process.

MOLLOY: I noticed another notice from an organization called MUSIC CHINA.  It appears you have arts-related news from the entire globe. The article states that Music China is Asia Pacific's leading music event. 

There are many different notes to choose from including an article about THE RESOURCE ALLIANCE, which is an international fundraising congress. Editing has become a clearer discipline for anyone putting out information.

As an observer, it appears that most editors and web mavens believe that they are in a fast forward mode and everything and everyone needs to catch up to them, it is possible that the digital trend-setters are just now able to catch up to our ancient global language that the visual and performing arts represent.

John Naisbitt, author of MEGATRENDS has a new book out titled HIGH TECH HIGH TOUCH.
For those of us who believe in a spiritual knowledge based upon universal principles of sacred and ethical living, Naisbitt's examination of the fabulous and the devastating are perched within the framework of contemporary technology. Again, religious people have been aware of a higher order for centuries, to be understood by technocrats in their terms,... is what makes this news.