About Flow Fluently and Dance Instructor, Michael Haug

Flow Is a Language Everyone 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 unfortunate we haven’t taken the time to understand partnership dance in a way that every single person can naturally develop their abilities, 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 logic 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 most stimulating of ways. This goal started when I realized that feeling magical makes everything else in life easy and worth it.

In 2011 I craigslist stumbled across the opportunity to learn and teach ballroom and social dance. Here I learned partner dance is a life-changing ability with unlimited potential yet completely disconnected from the real world. I felt this was my opportunity to create a concept that perfectly embodies feeling magical for everyone, always. This dream has been my mission 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 most creative, feel-good ways.

As I developed my dancing, I continually reminded myself I didn’t care how I looked, as feelings are the purpose of experiencing life. I knew and 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, physically.

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 physical communication and partner dance can offer.

Long story short, this physical language has been discovered, understood, and developed into a course that helps every person successfully discover their style. This language is called Flow, because you learn to flow with the opportunities you are given in the moment; thus experiencing that “flow state.” I can’t wait for you to feel its magic and be part of a community that connects and creates on a deeper level that we’ve yet to experience.

Flow Fluently is committed to making physical communication and partnership dance accessible and pertinent to all of us. You cannot know how special this language is until you feel it. 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.

What if asking a stranger to dance is the new normal?

BENEFITS OF DANCE

 Self

  • Connect, feel, and play in the moment, experiencing flow.
  • Develop stamina, strength, and coordination to move fluidly.
  • Become a creative creator.
  • Explore your characters and discover your styles.
  • Express physical feelings and emotions. Feel out loud. Feel alive.
  • Release adrenaline and endorphins—get your “dancer’s high”.

Environment

  • Experience freedom to move, dance, and play, everywhere.
  • Enhance social awareness and interactions with others.

Earth

  • Establish poise and body control to move where, when, and how you choose.
  • Articulate movements that always feel good.
  • Creatively play with your movement.

Music

  • Connect, feel, and play with timing, with or without music.
  • Creatively feel, connect with, and interpret all the sounds in music.

Partnership

  • Physically connect, communicate, and create with others.
  • Feel Flow enhances all interpersonal skills.
  • Work together and build respect with your partner.
  • Know how to flow in partnership and move as one.

Students share their learning experience.

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.

Seeing Is Believing.

Michael and Monique freestyling 23 different dance styles, ending with Michael and Mary Jo completely free-flowing.