Thank you for joining me for another episode of Le vital salon Corps. Before we jump into today’s topic, I wanted to express my deep gratitude to all of the women who have been sending me their task lists for my 33k Task List Project. There is still work to be done, please send me your handwritten, original task lists. As an early birthday gift, I would love to see my mailbox stuffed full of them. You can mail them to me at: PO Box 453, Hurley NY 12443. We are getting really close to hitting the 1,000 list milestone and with your help, we can make that happen this month.
Anna Mayta is so inspiring, and we had what seemed like a whole life story to unpack. Anna has been a dance improvisor, dance teacher and choreographer for over 15 years. Her work in creative movement, as a teacher who brings together a fusion style of dance, has taken her all over the world. She interwines her life and real-world experiences in her choreography to tell a story and uses dance as a way to teach her students about music and life.
During our conversation, Anna opens up about perseverance and being able to overcome some serious challenges. For her, those challenges revolved a lot around language. She grew up in Chile, and in her own words, had a bicultural childhood while working through dyslexia, being a sensitive child, and coping with bullying because she looked different than her Chilean peers. She describes what it took to grow into the teacher and dancer that she is today. She shares how she learned to say, “It doesn’t matter,” while balancing with her desire to be good.
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Selected link love + resources from the episode
Janet Ruhe-Schoen, Artist and Author (And, Anna’s mom!)
Katy Moonan shared her experiences about being bilingual in Episode 12 of Le vital corps Salon
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Quotes + selected highlights from the episode
All of this wisdom is from Anna herself (with some minor edits for readability).
[00:11:09] I was an extremely sensitive child. Oh my gosh, I am still very sensitive. I've acquired a little bit more of toughness, but I am still extremely sensitive.
[00:11:21] (On her struggle with dyslexia) I really wanted to read. I really wanted to write. I really wanted to be good at math. I wanted to be good. I wanted the kids to like me.
[00:15:10] I was about 14. I finally was like I don't care anymore about pleasing others. I was the child that wanted to please. I started putting this mantra in my head No Me Importa Nada, I don't care.
[00:15:40] I don’t what people think of me. I don't care if people like me. I don't care if I get rejected as an artist. I move on. I'm not going to take it personally. And I still work on that. I still work on not taking things personally.
[00:17:18] My life is an evolution still. It's an evolution as an artist. I'm evolving all the time.
[00:26:45] I was battling two different worlds as a bilingual child - the Spanish and the English.
[00:35:16] I love the feeling of dreaming because you know you're fully immersed in that language.
[00:36:01] Dance is my healing modality.
[00:36:59] When I was 16, I choreographed a piece called, My Chilean Soul. It was about bullying and about not caring.
[00:49:19] Self-esteem, it's still an evolution. Really, it has been building: being home-schooled, going to the college that I went to, really working hard on being determined, really having that inner strength and being so grateful that I have the mom that I have. I was able to move past my childhood struggles.
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