About Flow Studios and Seattle Dance Instructor, Michael Haug
Dance Is a Language Anyone Can Learn
People think they can either dance or not dance. Those who can are “born with it”. Those who can’t are a lost cause.
Partner dance is such a life-enhancing skill, both individually and socially, it is a crime we haven’t taken the time to understand partnership dance in a way that every single person can easily develop their dancing, and love it.
Today’s dance instruction is mostly “showing” people how to dance, and the student either has the skills to learn it or not. The truth is everyone can learn to dance, and love it, just as everyone can learn to speak or ride a bike. It can be so easy and so magical if you clearly understand the science of partnership dance and learn in a hands-on “feel it” approach. If you can feel it, you can do it.
My personal goal in life has been to build an environment that permits me to feel alive and feel amazing, all day, every day, in the best of ways. This goal started when I realized that feeling magical makes everything else in life easy and worth it.
9 years ago, I craigslist stumbled across the opportunity to learn and teach ballroom and social dance. I realized partner dancing is completely awesome, yet completely disconnected from the real world. I thought maybe this is my opportunity to create an activity that perfectly embodies feeling magical, always, and making it relevant for everyone to learn. This dream has been my obsession ever since, to discover and simplify partner dance to its core and empower each person to develop their own style and feel their magic whenever they choose to dance. A world where everyone can physically interact and play with each other in the best of ways.
As I developed my dancing, I continually reminded myself I didn’t care how I looked, as feelings are the purpose of life, the purpose to experience. I knew and I felt that partnership dance was so much more than an activity. The dream was to discover partnership dance as a physical language, like a verbal language, permitting us to completely express ourselves and communicate with others, but through touch.
So, I’ve committed my life to master this world and teach you to master it as well. Only then can we experience this magical activity together and explore and experience all the possibilities that partnership dance can offer. And then, I can finally create and feel that perma-bliss that I’ve been eagerly craving.
Long story short, this physical language has been discovered, understood, and developed into a training program that can teach anyone to become fluent. I call this language Flow, and I can’t wait to teach you to be fluent and build a community that includes physical communication and the ability to connect and create within a deeper level, a level that has never before been possible.
Flow Fluently is committed to making Flow, physical communication, and partnership dance accessible and pertinent to the entire world. Until you feel it you cannot know how special this language is. I ask you to learn and feel it for yourself. Be part of this movement and help us build a world prone to move well, feel good, and dance with each other.
Seeing is believing.
Michael and Monique freestyling 23 different dance styles, ending with Michael and Mary Jo completely freeflowing.
BENEFITS OF DANCE
- Connect, feel, and play in the moment, experiencing flow.
- Develop stamina, strength, and coordination to move fluidly.
- Learn to be creative and practice problem-solving.
- Explore your character and develop your style.
- Express physical feelings and emotions. Feel out loud. Feel alive.
- Release adrenaline and endorphins—get that “dancer’s high”.
- Experience excitement about moving, dancing and playing, in any location.
- Improve social awareness and interactions with others.
- Establish poise and body control to move where, when, and how you choose.
- Articulate movements that always feel good.
- Creatively play with movement.
- Connect, feel, and play with timing.
- Creatively interpret music.
- Physically connect, communicate, and create with others.
- Let Flow enhance other forms of communication.
- Work together and build respect for your partner.
- Feel how to flow in partnership and move as one.
CULTIVATE YOUR FLOW
“Flow,” a concept introduced by Positive Psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, “also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the
process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting loss in one’s sense of space and time.”
Cultivate the relationships with yourself, the earth, your environment, the music, and your partner. The stronger your connection with these players, the more alive you feel, and the deeper you flow.