The beginning of our new chapter
Today is the thirteenth day of the Persian spring festival that kicks off on the vernal equinox. It is traditionally a day to “go out into the world.” So I am going out in the world — and sharing my new vision with you. Today I am starting a new publication! You can read about it here. May these words find you well and attuned to all that’s beginning today and each day.
I’m posting this via hotspot with Stefan from my favorite little park in the world, Culver West Alexander Park in Mar Vista. In a couple weeks Stefan and I are moving together to Northampton, Massachusetts from April 15-September 15 to a creative community experiment.
I’m grateful for the people and spirits who conspired to bring me to LA, who welcomed me, who challenged me, who helped me grow, who I shared inspired encounters with, who have invited me to new realms. I came here a lonely girl clutching a numie; I leave knowing that I’m a new me in each moment, as are we all.
I am grateful for the places in Los Angeles that have held me gently as I grown. This park, Dance Home, Third Street Promenade, Dabney Hall, and of course reDiscover Center are enchanted places I’ll always remember. If we shared an encounter in one of these places, then very likely I’ve thought of you with tenderness in recent days and weeks as we prepare our farewell.
The little house on Caswell Avenue, a.k.a. The Global Tango Mar Vista Tango Concepts Laboratory and Arboretum, will stand for just a few more weeks. I’m so grateful to our friend Andrei Andreev for the inspired new photography he took to help commemorate our transition away from this sweet home and the launch of our new chapter. And I'm gladdened that the spirit of tango we incubated here is thriving on at Oxygen Tango.
A new chapter
In this new chapter, I’m excited about my new online space where I will practice sharing my voice and vision with you. Please check it out and share it! My main focus now will be on developing a body of work advocating for social change on behalf of children and youth. It also serves as a hub for my critique and imaginings related to tango.
On the tango front, I’m thrilled to have connected with fellow change-makers who are aligned on the basis of shared values, and who are experimenting with new organizational and pedagogic models. Awaken Tango has been a container for these conversations and experiments for the past few years. I see this work extending into a stimulating dialogue with Daniel Trenner, who I’m delighted to collaborate with this summer: I’ll be Artist-In-Residence at Casa 62 where I hope to see many friends.
I am honored to witness and support what I see as groundbreaking, heart-achingly beautiful work Stefan is developing: a new movement practice to anchor peace and interconnectedness in the body kinesthetically, which he is incubating at Bright Future Network.
I’ll continue my work in organizational change leadership and learning community design at research consultancy AnswerLab, partnering with researchers to cultivate an inclusive and human-centered workplace.