Dear TRENDS Diary -
Each week for nearly 20 years, I have helped put on a free-form community dance gathering, called Conscious Dance Boulder. Until March, we rented space every Thursday night at Alchemy of Movement, a local dance studio, creating a habitat there for everything from contemplative movement to all-out tribal romps.
But then COVID came along and Alchemy closed its doors. The studio has reopened, but our Conscious Dance model didn’t really work with the limited numbers now allowed inside. We were wondering how to continue these sacred and necessary gatherings. We thought about moving them to the parking lot, but rejected that idea because of the aesthetic vacuum that it presents.
Then we learned about portable speakers that work on internal batteries and still have great sound. We bought one, experimented a bit, and then bought another, along with battery packs to power an audio mixer, a laptop and lights, and started dancing again.