Monday, September 17, 2018


I'm not a good dancer. I used to think that I was, but then I figured out that it was my partner who was such a good dancer that she could also make me feel like a good dancer. It was wonderful. And, when I realized later, when she'd moved on to a new partner, that I was NOT such a good dancer, at first I wanted to stop dancing. It was so disappointing. It was all just an illusion.

And then, I realized. It didn't matter. There are degrees of dancing. Somewhere there are people who dance even better than my former partner. Somewhere there are people who can hardly dance at all. No matter where we start, in dancing or in leading, we can always level up. Start where we are and get better. And, realize that the dance is not about us at all anyway. The dance is, and always has been, about your partners.

Your creative muse likes to dance. It will open up new roads to you. It will light you up and allow blood to flow to the places that make you tingle. It will make your art more alive, your improv more convincing, your life more light.

Listen to that muse and walk past the edge of whatever is stopping you. It doesn't matter if anyone is watching.

Your creative muse likes to dance. Dance.

-- doug smith

Monday, September 10, 2018

Workshop: Improv for Everyone

doug smith - improv workshop

Improv for Everyone - Improv Workshop

Anyone who knows me well knows that in addition to facilitating leadership workshops and helping people solve problems and achieve their goals, I am also a creative artist enthusiastic about improv.

If you're in or near Bucks County, PA, here is a great chance to explore and practice improv.

Sign up here

Monday, September 3, 2018

Quick Demos of Improv Warm-up Games

I have no affiliation with this group but found the video to be useful and filled with energy. If you picked any three of these terrific games you'd add texture and cohesiveness to your session. Big fun.

List of Games Demonstrated:

Rapid Fire Freeze WordBall Knight, Mount, Cavalier 5 things Numbers/21 Goalie/Firing Line Flock Dance Big Booty Kitty Wants a corner Trifecta Environments Yes Let's Circuits Horseshoe HotSpot Corridors Headlines Whoosh Woah Turning Circle 5 Element Game Stakes Circle Johnson File Yes, AND