Stuff upcoming and present...and your horoscope!

Begroeting from Amsterdam, Netherlands! 
I’m here doing a teacher training in Kaiut Yoga with my friend Bonnie, who introduced me to this form of self exploration and healing. It has been life-changing, and special to be here learning from Francisco Kaiut, the technique’s founder. 

Many of the buildings here have a slight lean - in all different directions. But somehow they stand, stable. “Because they’re all together,” said Bonnie on a morning walk to class the other day. That’s a metaphor if I ever heard one, and I wrote a blog.

Other Learning 

Otter continuing education: I am also pleased to be enrolled in a two-year certificate program called Karuna Training, which was developed out of Naropa University in Colorado. ‘Karuna’ translates to ‘compassion’ and is a therapy technique rooted in Buddhist psychology. 

Yoga Classes

Thursday Restorative Yoga classes will start again after I get back from Amsterdam, the first one being Thursday, June 20th at the Palisades Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. 

Yoga at the Arts Club of Washington will also start up again. Dates and times will be determined soon.

I will be adding new weekly classes as well, with the goal of a morning class and an additional evening class. I will keep a calendar updated online, and summer and fall schedules should be solidified by the end of this month. 

FABUM Sound Bath at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts 

Good Vibrations: our dynamic little ‘moment-making’ non-profit FABUM presents a Sound Bath with Crystal Ashram at the Smith Center for Healing Arts (1632 U Street NW, Washington, DC) on Thursday, July 11th at 6:30 p.m. for an enchanting evening of restoration and inspiration. Come relax and enjoy this uniquely designed sound and meditation program, as we allow the ancient frequencies from a variety of ancient Tibetan singing bowls to wash over us and nourish mind, body and spirit. Event is free; RSVP required - please click here. If you haven’t attended one before, this is a great opportunity and I would love to see you. Please get there early to park and find a good place to sit or lie down inside! 

DTSBDC at the Arts Club

I’m looking forward to a special program featuring Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company at the Arts Club of Washington (2017 I “Eye” Street NW) which will take place on Friday, July 12th starting at 6:30 p.m.  This will be a fun evening featuring special performance excerpts from the company’s repertoire that celebrate the musical era of Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. Email me with any questions. Dana is the Smithsonian’s first ever choreographer in residence, based at the National Portrait Gallery.
Cocktails and program only: $20; program and dinner: $60. You can RSVP to

Other Dance News

Last month, DTSBDC performed Dana’s “Tracings” to standing ovations at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. This piece tells the story of his family’s immigrationto Hawaii from Korea, and was originally commissioned by the Kennedy Center in 2003. The reprisal on May 4th featured an appearance by his mother, visual artist Anna Kang Burgess, who came to DC for the first time since the original premiere. While here, she also gave an interview to the American History Museum, and spoke about working on a pineapple plantation as a child growing up in Honolulu. The performance and her visit were full of magical moments. 

Below is your horoscope. 

“Nothing remarkable has ever been achieved while having low expectations.”
~ Francisco Kaiut 

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” 
~ Thoreau

Afscheidsgroet from the Netherlands’ capital, thank you for reading, and Namaste,

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In and around the Spring Equinox

Breathe. Relax. Allow.

Happy March, the first month of the original Roman calendar and named for god of war, Mars. You are invited to the happenings below. You are also invited to pray for peace in the world, or create it in your own life. Breathing is always good. Sometimes chocolate is too. When we vibrate more peacefully, it helps all those we are connected to, and thus the world as a whole. 

Sound Bath and "Room" at the Arts Club

Aligning with an expanded organizational mission, FABUM will be host to a continuing series of healing and awareness-oriented events, as well as creative gatherings and immersive performance art.

About the offering on Saturday, March 9th at 1:00 p.m.:

The Crystal Ashram group will begin the afternoon with their amazing Tibetan singing bowls. As you relax, laying down or seated, you can simply allow the healing vibrations to wash over you - relaxing body, mind and all your energy systems.

Tibetan singing bowls have been used for hundreds of years for their sonic qualities of brain wave entrainment. Since the brain has different types of frequencies that are created during different states of mind, singing bowls allow the brain to "cut the monkey chatter" and enter into a quiet stillness.

These benefits have been used from Tibetan temples to western universities to modern corporations for relaxation, mindfulness, meditation, and overall well-being.

There will be refreshments served after the sound bath, and then all are invited to participate in the immersive meditation-performance of "Room" by yours truly.

You are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and a pillow for this afternoon offering. Some extras will be available, but please contact us to reserve them in advance.
Arts Club of Washington: 2017 I (Eye) Street NW, DC, 20006
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
$35 Admission;
$25 for Arts Club Members and Artists
RSVP here

Interview and Book Launch with Lester Hyman

Coinciding with the launch of his book “JFK, The Kennedys and Me”, I am excited to interview Lester Hyman at the Arts Club of Washington the evening Friday, March 22nd.

Hyman has known every U.S. President since Dwight Eisenhower. He was a favorite escort of the famed advice columnist Ann Landers. He was also JFK's mentee as a young man.

Join us for an evening of stories, a book signing opportunity, and more.

6:30 p.m. - Cocktail Hour begins
7:30 p.m. - Talk with Mr. Hyman
8:15 p.m. - Book signing begins and seated 3-course dinner

Originally from Providence, R.I., Lester Hyman first entered politics as the chairman of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts during a pivotal time in political history. Before that though, he was a young, ambitious Jewish lad that was intimately mentored by a senator whose father was (ironically) a powerful and anti-semetic Irish-American patriarch. That senator also became the first Catholic U.S. President, and one of the 20th century's most famous names.

“I came to D.C. for the Kennedy family in 1969,” Hyman told The Hill. After JFK's assassination, he continued meaningful relationships with Bobby, Teddy and other members of 'Camelot'.

A lawyer and longtime political insider, Hyman has vetted Cabinet and Supreme Court picks for President Bill Clinton, as well as Hillary Clinton during her two presidential campaigns. He currently acts as United States Legal Counselor for the British Virgin Islands, where he keeps a home on the island of Tortola.

Program and Cocktail Hour only: $20
Program and Dinner: $60
RSVP here

Yogic Updates

If you feel like practicing with me:

My free integrated restorative yoga-meditation class continues through March on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Palisades at the recreation center (5200 Sherier Place NW). This will likely shift to a Yoga Nidra practice in April, so stayed tuned if you feel like that would also serve you.  
DC residents, please register at this link:
Non-residents can RSVP through my website.
You can also join me for my 'weekend awakening' yoga at 10:00 a.m. Saturday mornings at the Arts Club of Washington. Please make a $10 donation directly to the organization (cash is fine) when you arrive, or when registering.

You can RSVP by emailing; or through their website.

A New Moon

There will be a New Moon on Wednesday, March 6th. During a New Moon phase, the moon is too close to the sun to be visible from earth.

"The moon rises and sets with the sun and is not present in the night sky. Because of this the night sky is darker and an excellent time to view other celestial objects. Like the Full Moon, a New Moon happens at a very specific time when the sun and moon have the same ecliptic longitude and it can be measured down to the second it occurs."

Today's date could be said to have a numerology valuation of 3 3 3: March 3rd - 3/3 - of 2019 (2+0+1+9=12; 1+2=3).

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Things I want to share (and your horoscope) November 2018


It feels like a most autumn autumn in Washington. May we nourish ourselves with nature and warming things.   

I hope to see you at some of the events below. Please email with any questions or feedback.




"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities," wrote Shunryu 
Suzuki in his book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, "but in the expert's there 
are few."

FABUM documentary screening: "Magic Pills"

I am thrilled that filmmaker and homeopath Ananda More has authorized me to host a screening of her documentary "Magic Pills" on Monday, November 26th at 7 PM at the Arts Club of Washington. The film explores multiple media campaigns against homeopathy, which propelled More to travel the world and uncover whether homeopathy is truly science-based and effective or a mere placebo that endangers lives.

Conversation will be welcomed and encouraged afterwards and refreshments will be served. More information and RSVP at

FABUM Bossa Nova Party December 2nd! 

On Sunday, December 2nd at 4:30 PM, FABUM will be hosting a cultural event In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Bossa Nova music. Join us for an evening of Brazilian food, music and more, featuring the JGB Brazilian Jazz Collective.

The JGB Brazilian Jazz Collective—spearheaded by drummer Julian Berkowitz— is a new project paying tribute to Brazil’s unique contributions to jazz music. The JGB Brazilian Jazz Collective is comprised of DC’s top Brazilian jazz artists, including bassist Leonardo Lucini, guitarist Dani Cortoza, saxophonist Michel Nirenberg, and vocalist Elin Kathleen Melgarejo.

From the music of Tom Jobim to Vinicius de Moraes, this program will stimulate the senses and highlight the golden age of the Brazilian songbook. Tickets and more information at

Restorative Yoga Thursdays and Saturdays in DC: 

Thursday evenings at the Palisades Recreation Center (5200 Sherier Place NW) from 6:30-7:30 PM, free admission. Please RSVP to . Saturday mornings at the Arts Club of Washington (2017 I (Eye) Street NW) from 10:00-11:00 AM, $10 donation to the Arts Club. Please RSVP to or 202-331-7282

I keep an online calendar at

DTSBDC Brought Silhouettes to Life at NPG...
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company premiered "Silhouettes" at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery October 27th and 30th, a dance inspired by the "Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now" exhibition by Asma Naeem, currently on display through March 2019. The performances and imagery were thrilling, and it is a unique and beautiful dance. Read Arielle Ostry's review in Dance View Times:; and see Jeff Malet's beautiful photos in The Georgetowner:

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Upcoming events, yoga classes, and your horoscope

Happy second Tuesday of Autumn!

"The Self is a circle, whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere." 
- Carl G. Jung

I will be offering yoga classes:

*Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm, starting October 4th at the Palisades Recreation Center, located at 5200 Sherier Place NW, Washington, DC 20016. It is a newly renovated space overlooking the woods and the classes are completely free. Drop-ins welcome. Bring your own mat or email me at least 24 hours in advance if you need a mat reserved for you. I have plenty of extra mats however they are stored at my house, so I need to know ahead of time how many to bring. 

*Saturday mornings at 10:00 am, starting October 13th at the Arts Club of Washington, located at 2017 I (Eye) Street NW, Washington, DC 20006. These classes cost a $10 donation to the organization. Same mat rules apply. 

I am starting to keep a yoga and event calendar here:

Please join me at these upcoming events:

FABUM will be hosting a sound bath with Tibetan singing bowls - an Autumnal gathering for rejuvenation and creativity on Tuesday, October 9th. RSVP here:

The Diplomats of Dance Society will be hosting an evening happy (2) hour(s) from 6:30-8:30pm at the Darlington House in Dupont Circle on Monday, October 22nd ahead of the premiere of Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company's "Silhouettes" at the National Portrait Gallery (October 27th and 30th). Mingle with other dance fans and arts-interested Washingtonians. Tickets are a donation to the dance company, (a 501c3 non-profit organization) and include hors d'oeuvres as well as a themed 'Diplomat' cocktail. RSVP here:

Below is your horoscope, and may the changing season bring about the bliss of shedding that which is unneeded and nourishing the ground for what is. 


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Updates and Upcoming Things

Greetings from Washington, DC!

Below are some updates and events I want to share...and, at the end, your horoscope!


Inspirational Quote:
“Mere philosophy will not satisfy us. We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone. Without practice, nothing can be achieved.”
—Sri Swami Satchidananda 

A "FABUM Autumnal" will be a creative gathering held on Tuesday, October 9th from 7-9pm at the Arts Club of Washington to announce the FABUM's new organizational focus and its next performance project. The evening will also be the first in a series of mindfulness-oriented events, and will feature Tibetan singing bowls, which have healing frequencies. This offering will be conducted by Annapolis-based group Crystal Ashram. RSVP at, and more info is below.

About the 'offering': 
"Tibetan singing bowls have been used for hundreds of years for their sonic qualities of brain wave entrainment. Since the brain has different types of frequencies that are created during different states of mind, singing bowls allow the brain to cut the 'chatter' and enter into a quiet stillness.
...These benefits have been used from Tibetan temples to western universities to modern corporations for relaxation, mindfulness, meditation, and overall well-being."

We are excited to incorporate this into a FABUM creative gathering. There will be refreshments and a sharing reception following the bowls. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or cushion, if you possess these. Some will be available at the venue, but supplies are limited. Space is also limited, so this will be an RSVP-only event. We look forward to sharing in this experience and I hope to see you there. More info and RSVP here.

DANA TAI SOON BURGESS DANCE COMPANY is currently creating and will be premiering their latest creation "Silhouettes" at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery on October 27th and 30th at 6:30pm. The performances are free, but RSVP is required. 

The new dance responds to the exhibition “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” in a poignant modern dance with video by designer Kelly Colburn. After the performance, join Dana and Portrait Gallery Curator Asma Naeem as they discuss the “Black Out” exhibition and Dana’s process in creating "Silhouettes'. Email to secure your seat.

Two weeks ago, I completed a workshop with Sumati Govinda, a gifted teacher and disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda, the founder of the Integral Yoga school and the Satchidananda Ashram in Yogaville, Virginia. This follows some other trainings I have done in the last year, and has buoyed my desire to practice, learn more about and share meditation and body techniques. In coordination with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, I am excited to be hosting free (free) yoga and mindfulness sessions at the Palisades Recreation Center in NW DC within the next few weeks. These will be for me to learn to teach as much as for others to learn - or just enjoy - to practice, and will be gentle, beginner-level (Hatha) yoga classes with a strong emphasis on breathing, alignment and mind-body awareness. The schedule is still being finalized, so if you're local to DC, plan on passing through, and are interested, send me an email. 

Recent Happenings...

Congratulations to (new) friends and newlyweds Ari Post and Emma Natalya Stein, who held a beautiful ceremony at Muse Vineyards in Woodstock, Virginia on August 11th. Much love and light! 

DANA TAI SOON BURGESS was awarded the 2018 Paul Ré Peace Prize by the University of New Mexico Foundation on May 24th, in Albuquerque. Dana beautifully delivered a speech at the ceremony, which included a number of acclaimed artists and some of his own dance teachers and mentors. He received the award, which traditionally acknowledges those who can bridge the arts and sciences to promote peace, for his unique storytelling and choreography that he has shared with audiences around the world.

The DANA TAI SOON BURGESS DANCE COMPANY presented three dances at the Kennedy Center, created at the National Portrait Gallery during Dana's residency as the Smithsonian Institution's first-ever choreographer-in-residence. The dances, I am Vertical (inspired by the Sylvia Plath: One Life exhibit), After 1001 Nights (inspired by the Faces of Battle: 9/11 to Now exhibition), and Confluence (inspired by an image from the “Dancing the Dream” exhibition, the first exhibition of American modern dance) exemplify his sublime choreography which poetically delves into the emotional terrain of our shared humanity.

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Stuff I want to share: May-June 2018

Greetings from Santa Fe, New Mexico!

Below are some updates and events I want to share...and, at the end, your horoscope!



Inspirational Quote:
“To live and operate in the world, you may have to identify with something. Play with your identifications – don't let them rule you.”

Significant development:
The first US municipal water installation of the IOREX water pipe technology was done earlier this year, with two devices installed on the public water system of Pocomoke City, Maryland as part of a pilot project with the city government. This was an area that had coped with 40+ years of discolored/rusty water, including high iron and strong odor. In 15 days there was a drastic improvement in the water clarity. Now less than three months since installation, not only is the water cleared but residents are experiencing a marked difference in taste and smell. Water testing by the city public works department as well as the Maryland Department of Environment show bacteria levels reduced to non-detectable, and iron levels decreasing as well. The local ABC station covered the installation, and did a follow up story about residents’ relief at the improved water quality.

Why is this important? Because water is our most vital resource. And because our current methods of dealing with the aging water infrastructure in this country are not working. They are outmoded, often using chemicals or controversial pipe linings, and require extensive labor and often unaffordable price tags, thus leaving many communities to 'bandaid' ongoing issues without ever addressing the root cause of the problem.
I am excited to be Head of Development for, and help in launching IOREX USA alongside my friend and CEO Julie Koo. We have been working hard for over a year to introduce a much-needed, innovative and proven technology for water infrastructure in the United States and North America. This is a device that has been widely used for over 20 years in South Korea where it was developed, as well as other countries in Asia, but had not been available here in the States, until now.
Since IOREX USA launched, the device has been installed in buildings across multiple US states - from Texas to Florida to Pennsylvania to New York, as well as a small community in Canada. It is an energy-neutral, chemical-free technology that prevents corrosion and deterioration of water pipes, as well as kills bacteria and eliminates build up and issues associated with hard water. Most exciting to me is the number of issues that it addresses, the fact that it requires no maintenance after installation, and that it is a near-permanent solution (we know it is effective for at least 20 years)!

The big goal: that this will save municipalities across the country from the high costs and disruptions of public water pipe replacement, as well as keep water - and people - safe from the potential dangers of aging or neglected infrastructure without the use of chemicals or wasted public funds.

If you are aware of a community that could benefit, please send me an email. You can visit for more information.

DANA TAI SOON BURGESS will be awarded the 2018 Paul Ré Peace Prize by the University of New Mexico Foundation for bridging communities around the globe through choreography.

We are currently here in Dana's hometown of Santa Fe and heading to Albuquerque tomorrow, May 24th, where Dana will receive the prestigious award, which traditionally acknowledges those who can bridge the arts and sciences to promote peace. 

From the UNM News Desk:

"The winner of the 2018 Peace Prize in the general category will be Dana Tai Soon Burgess for his work as an acclaimed choreographer, performance artist, and cultural figure.
Burgess promotes peace and harmony through his art form of dance and his beautiful, innovative choreography. For 25 years, he has worked on projects across the globe as a teacher and a performer engaging audiences and forming friendships around the world. He believes that finding connections between cultures and artists is a key to peace and diplomacy."


Now in its fifth season, the nonprofit FABUM continues with its mission to engage and connect individuals and communities around unique forms of self-expression. As founding artistic director, I am excited for new iterations the organization may have in the near future. Below are two unique, upcoming performance events:
Le Salon: 3 Short Plays in May
Thursday, May 31, 2018
7:30 PM  9:00 PM
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I (Eye) Street, NW, Washington, D.C., the former James Monroe House.
Three 10-minute plays in an immersive ‘Salon’ format with hors d’hoeuvres and libations. Michelle Washington, founder of MMQ, will direct three 10-minute plays: The Story of Our Lives by Madeleine Butler; A Rustle of Wings by Linda Einstein; and Escaping the Funhouse by Tess Light. Guests will be greeted with libations and hors d’oeuvres. ‘Refilling breaks' between each play will allow mingling and the opportunity to enjoy the original work of local and international artists on display throughout the Arts Club.

Yours truly will be playing a part in Tess Light's play. :)
More info and ticket link here.

19: A Musical About Women Winning the Right to Vote
Saturday, June 9, 2018
7:00 PM  9:00 PM
The Arts Club of Washington
This is an extraordinary work and effort in progress. It is a privilege to be able to present 19, written and directed by Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw, with music composed by Charlie Barnett on June 9th.

19 is the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, the suffragists and their fight to get women the right to vote— the 19th Amendment. The inspirational story of these fearless women is brought to life through jazz, spoken word, dance and audience interaction. June 9th at the Arts Club of Washington, the newly revised Act I, including all 19 songs with piano accompaniment, will be presented! Don't miss this unique opportunity to see how "the musical sausage is made." Witness the creative process and be a part of something truly extraordinary!

(This is a “staged reading” workshop. There will also be a Q&A with the creators after the performance!)
More info and ticket link here.


If you have not already, get your tickets now for “Portraits” at the Kennedy Center!

Do not miss this opportunity to experience something beautiful, truly special, and relevant for the field of modern dance! 

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company made history recently as the Smithsonian Institution's first dance company in residence, creating dynamic dance works from exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery.
On Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th at the Kennedy Center, the company presents three new dances created at the National Portrait Gallery during Dana's residency as the Smithsonian Institution's first official choreographer.
The dances, I am Vertical (inspired by the Sylvia Plath: One Life exhibit), After 1001 Nights (inspired by the Faces of Battle: 9/11 to Now exhibition), and Confluence (inspired by an image from the “Dancing the Dream” exhibition, the first exhibition of American modern dance) exemplify Burgess's sublime choreography which poetically delves into the emotional terrain of our shared humanity.
There have been some wonderful articles and interviews surrounding this residency which expand on the groundbreaking artistic journey it is. Here is a head start to some online.
Tickets available through the Kennedy Center.

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