Tips from other cat dancers
"Remember that dancing
with your cat is all about an energy exchange. You're going to be giving
your energy as well as receiving it from the cat so you'll need to relax
and unblock the pathways. You'll need patience and a willingness to let
your awareness unfold."
"One of the great barriers
to dancing effectively with your cat, is allowing your thoughts and prejudices
to interfere. I find ten minutes of deep purring completely stops skeptical
thoughts by connecting me with my feline spirit within."
"When you start, don't
crowd your cat. Sit near it, but don't try to get its attention. Just
be with it. Try to feel your being next to its being. Focus on it softly."
"It's a really powerful
thing when you adopt your cat's exact physical position when you
become it. And then when you become aware of the energy emanating out
from your pelvis, your stomach, your chest, your hands, your eyes, and
through the top of your head."
"I know a lot of people
who when they start they find that the cat just doesn't respond. It seems
only vaguely aware. Just remember that your cat may not look at you but
it will be feeling your presence being aware of it as much as you
are of its."
"I found that my cat
was completely unresponsive to my overtures until I turned off the refrigerator
There was obviously some kind of electrical field interference created
by its motor that got in the way of my vibratory connection with Tiger.
I bought a new refrigerator but I had to send it back because the same
problem occurred. I tried out two more before I found one that doesn't
affect Tiger. We now have a much closer relationship and are much nearer
to being able to energize through the dance. The thing with the refrigerators
certainly made me wonder about how all our electrical appliances and how
they affect us!"
"I used a very simple
technique to get my cat dancing with me. I'd lie with it on my tummy and
begin stroking it slowly while playing one of the long slow tracks on
the "Dancing with Catsē album by David Parsons. Minky would purr
loudly and sink her claws into my thick woolen jersey. I'd purr in time
with her and then, with her still attached to my jersey I'd slowly roll
onto my side and stand up halfway and lean forward so that she sort of
hung by her front paws from my jersey with her back feet just touching
the ground. Then, without supporting her at all, I'd sway from side to
side to the music and she would just swing along until her claws couldn't
take any more. Now when I put the music on she'll come running over, put
her front paws up on me and sway in time with the music. It's fantastically
"With my Siamese, Ferdinand,
I got him started by just cradling him in my arms and moving slowly about
to the music. Once he began to purr I'd hold him by his front legs and
let his back paws down on top of by shoes. Then as I moved, he moved in
perfect time. At first he only wanted to do it for a minute, but gradually
we've extended the time up to 9 minutes and now he'll dance unsupported
for nearly 30 seconds."
"Once, sort of for a
joke, I put our stereo earphones over our cat's ears. Surprisingly, she
seemed to enjoy the experience. Instead of running away, she shut her
eyes, began to purr really loudly and stretch her claws in and out in
time with the music. When we changed tracks she shook her head to the
side to get rid of the earphones. When we went back to the original track
she started purring and claw stretching again. Now, as soon as she starts
shaking her head, we know she doesn't like the music and we try another
track. That's how we found out that her favorite track on David Parson's
Dancing with Cats album is 'Cycat.'"
"Try putting your speakers
right up against your cat and turn up the bass. With our cat it didn't
seem to "hearē the music until it could feel it's actual vibration
resonating through the speakers. After that it would respond to the music
even though it wasn't 'touching' it almost like it had somehow
absorbed the music's vibrational code."
"My cat won't dance with
me, well not yet anyway, but I know that purring is a really effective
way of creating an energizing vibration. I've seen a few cat owners holding
a purring cat up to the side of their heads to get in closer contact with
its vibration. It's almost unconscious, but that purring has a lot of
healing energy and it's no coincidence that people with cats have been
shown to better more quickly when they're ill than those who don't. It's
like what happens to you in the shower. You feel good and get great ideas
in the shower because of the vibration of the water beating down on the
top of your head. The top of your head is also a very important acupuncture
"For me music is very
important to my mood and therefore to how I feel about dancing. I'm sure
it's the same for my cat. We find that David Parson's 'Freeline' on the
Dancing with Cats CD works the best. It's a very beautiful track that
builds slowly into the dance, and being followed by "Primalē which
is more up tempo, allows us to really extend out and dance for 20 minutes
if the session's going well and we're in sync."
"The whole idea of the
pre-dance exercises is to get you to be able to make and give out your
own unique vibration and then combine it with the cat's by moving in sync
with it during the dance so that a third larger force is created that
is very empowering. I find that just staring really hard at my cat seems
to build up the power, but purring is a vibration and when I do it in
time with my cat I really begin to feel great and very close to her."
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