Dance Tips
Dance Tips

Dance 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."
Peggy Monterpin, Vancouver.

"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."
Warren Leckie, New York.

"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."
Jane Mander, Berkerly, California.

"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."
Barbara Somner, Auckland.

"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."
Amy Malcolm, County Cork.

"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!"
Vicki Greenwood, Los Angles.

"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 soothing."
Justine Brown, Manchester.

"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."
Sabina Pracht, Cologne.

"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.'"
William Baird, Birmingham.

"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."
Barry Bowering, Santa Rosa.

"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 point."
Jackie Long, Toronto.

"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."
Angela Spong, Woodstock, NY.

"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."
Lyn Brown, Los Angeles.


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