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The Art of Social Distance

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Spring has sprung and so has the Coronavirus. We are all going to be on a spring-virus break for awhile. With all the state and community lock downs, school and university closures, run on the supermarkets and our precious dance competitions and events being cancelled; we will be spending all of our time springing into action defeating COVID-19. Now, we need to be more careful and conservative with our supplies in ways we’ve never had to before while embracing practices in living conditions that test the very threads of our existence; otherwise known as, “the new normal.”

Since we are all in this together, basically figuring everything out about what to do and what not to do, I thought I’d give you some out-of-the-ordinary tips/hacks that might prove useful and make indoor life a bit easier to endure.

Easy COVID-19 Safety Tips: You can use good lathering soap and water to wash your hands often. You don’t necessarily need hand sanitizer. Just apply the 20 second rule. And don’t forget to shake your hands dry in the sink for 12 seconds before drying your hands. You can also air dry. Do you know which area of the body accumulates more dirt then any other place in your body? It’s your fingernails. Don’t forget to keep them trim and wash underneath your fingernails, while washing your hands. If you run out of toothpaste or want to quickly alkaline your mouth/body, brush your teeth with baking soda. Also alkalizing for your mouth and body, try oil pulling with coconut oil for 15 – 20 minutes. You just swish in your mouth. I combine both baking soda and coconut oil. With this method, I’m able to pull up mucous hiding in my throat and lungs. Note: do not spit into your sink (it will clog up) only spit into the trash. When you do have to go out to the store, personally, I wear gloves and a mask. I believe in covering your nose. You don’t have to do that. But most importantly, wear glasses. Your eyes can catch virus droplets too! Did you know you could eat/use the peels of citrus fruits? You wash the whole fruit peel included, with soap and rinse well. You can eat the peel as is, dried or cut up in pieces to use in teas, tinctures and oils you are heating. Peels are said to kill strep viruses. It may also help if you get a sore throat. Added to vinegar, citrus peels can be used to make a cleaning spray.

Easy At Home Things To Do: Develop your own exercise routine by yourself or use online videos, walk up the stairs in your house several times a day, run around the inside of your house (if you can) Watch video online dance classes Video chat your friends Read books Develop an attitude of Gratitude Meditate/Yoga: helps with stress Crochet, knit, sew, design costume jewelry, paint, write in or start a journal. There’s plenty to write about. These are interesting times! Clean out the garage Cook/Bake Clean your room/house

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If nothing else moves you and you are just watching television/videos, at least you are staying inside and not going out ~ actually the most important thing you can do. You are acting responsibly and keeping all of us well!

On a good note, I must say, that everyone I have ever cared about has called recently to see if I am alright! I love this catch-up time with old friends. I imagine, in your lives, you have similar situations. I think we will all come away taking less things for granted and generally being more appreciative for everyone and everything in our lives. Let’s look at social distancing, as faith in fellow man, to do the right thing and protect our world!

I send lots of air hugs,




**We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado. We call these memorial contributions. Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner. Make a donation and give us their name. We have on our website a yellow brick road to engrave their name to a brick as a memorial to that person. This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

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The greatest wealth is health – Virgil

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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website

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