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"ONE HOUR WITH BILLY SIEGENFELD AND JUMP RHYTHM WILL NOT ONLY CHANGE THE WAY YOU VIEW THE WORLD, IT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE YOURSELF. BILLY CAN GET A STONE TO DANCE WITH A FULL SPIRIT."

JEANNE HERRICK, SENIOR LECTURER, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

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JUMP RHYTHM® & Human Connection

We all need human connection. This truly is at the core of all that JUMP RHYTHM® does. Beneath the funky music, the hand hits and the intricate choreography is a technique and philosophy that emphasizes human connection above all else.
Recently I read an article in the newspaper which was discussing the connection between using the attachment theory for raising children and how successful romantic relationships function in the same way. The principles of connection that we discuss and apply in JUMP RHYTHM® draw similar conclusions. The author says that:
“A secure attachment changes the way a baby sees the world because they learn that they’re not alone…Adults are the same. A sense of connection changes one of the most basic elements of the brain, which is how you perceive threat. It changes the world into a safer world.”
JUMP RHYTHM® seeks to get to the most basic elements of human connection, thus turning our worlds into safer worlds. If I can get myself talking about and expressing what’s inside (an idea I explored in my last blog post), then the threats of stress, panic, loneliness, etc. are not so overwhelming. Since we all feel them at one time or another, I can come to realize that I’m not facing these threats alone.
The author then goes on to say the following:
“But, for a host of reasons, we resist connecting…You’re not supposed to need someone to hold your hand.”
This is the barrier that those of us in JUMP RHYTHM® are constantly trying to break through – the resistance to connectivity.
“We are mammals who rely on each other for survival…We are wired for connection. The way to create strong people is to create stronger relationships.”
Every day in the studio we are whittling away at the barriers and resistance that keep us from doing what’s natural, whether it’s in our bodies or in our urges to reach out and connect.
As an audience member, you’ll be able to see in our performances how we’re trying to connect in very real and human ways: through sharing energy, sharing emotion or using our sense of touch to help the body move more naturally and freely. Richard Kearney, in a recent New York Times article on the power of touch, concludes with:
“Full humanity requires the ability to sense and be sensed in turn.”
I invite you to come to the celebration of our 25th anniversary in October and to feel the raw, expressive and tactile joy and energy onstage as we overcome our resistance to connection. I invite YOU to share that connection with us and the other human beings in the audience, and to carry that over to your everyday life.
Thanks for reading (and I’ll see you in October!),

Lois

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