EP150: Tasha Blank on The Dance of Life and Creating Connection
Something I love about young children is that they don’t yet have the self-consciousness yet, because they haven’t faced much rejection yet, to hold back from simply asking someone to be their friend on the playground. That’s how I felt when Tasha Blank and I connected, and the playground was Instagram. The conversation basically went, “Hey I like how you be via your photos and your words, let’s be friends.” And once I heard her story, I had to have her on the podcast. Today’s conversation is the result of a new, innocent, and friendly desire to connect with a kindred soul. We get into altering brain chemistry without using substances, dance as a path to connection, how life is full of maps and it’s up to us to discover new territories. This is a really fun one. I know you will discover dormant parts of yourself as you listen and I can’t wait to hear what comes up when you do!
About Tasha Blank:
Founder of New York City’s legendary afterwork party The Get Down + force behind the global Deep House Yoga movement, Tasha has been a pioneer of positive club culture for nearly a decade.
She creates interactive sonic experiences that catalyze everything from underground warehouse parties and music festivals to morning raves and bass-heavy yoga events, and believes that dance is the quickest path to love in the here + now.
Whether bringing in musicians for spontaneous jams at festivals, or collaborating with her performance group The Get Down Crew to create infectiously high energy atmospheres, she works frequently with a wide range of live musicians including cellists, electric violinists, percussionists, full horn sections, beat boxers and MCs.
Her work with traditional African musicians has brought polyrhythms to 4 on the floor, and her live layered vocals add a soaring beauty and depth to both her deep minimal and big room tribal sonic journeys. Her DJ sets meet you in the moment + invite you on a physio-sonic trip into a newer, bigger you.
Clients, collaborations and features have included Cielo, Output, YouAreSoLucky, FunkBox, Envision Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Burning Man, House of Yes, Google, Adidas, Samsung, W Hotel, Daybreaker, Luna bar, Yoga Journal, Wanderlust Festival, Lululemon, Elena Brower, Shiva Rea, Stephanie Snyder, DailyMail, Summit Series, Thump, New York Magazine, Thrillist, Refinery29, Flavorpill, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, and MindBodyGreen.
Her weekly emails deliver inspirational words and extraordinary beats to thousands of music-hungry dancing maniacs. And more than anything: she wants to see you let wild your most liberated badassery.
In this episode, Tasha shares:
1. Finding yourself using dance as a path to connection
2. Discerning an interest from a calling
3. Languageless knowing – what it is and how you may experience it
What You’ll Hear:
6:12 On full embodiment and self-awareness
11:40 How Tasha went from classical dancer to DJ
33:43 The definition of a true calling
41:33 Being present and staying in the moment
47:45 Navigating shifting relationships as we grow + finding trust
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