After being away from the results of Katrina, the general population of people who had some interest in ‘Bounce’ music and culture had a heightened appreciation for how easily and quickly everything around us can suddenly change, and there was a demand for connecting more deeply with the life and music coming out of New Orleans. Altercation responded to the demands of their peers to teach others how to move their own bodies in rhythm with the music. As soon as the first class came into being, it became clear that contextualizing the dance and music as part of the African Diaspora was of the utmost importance. Setting a premise of moving from ‘cultural-appropriation’ to ‘cultural-reciprocation’ became the foundation of unlocking the colonized mind as a way to unlock the puritanical chastity belt on the hips. They have now been teaching since 2007, in settings as varied as the bathroom in the club and, thanks to touring with Bounce phenomena, Big Freedia, Altercation has been able to take the class into such places as the University of Melbourne and Tulane. Their goal is to reach as many people as possible  to promote thinking of themselves as a future historical figures, and figure out how we can change the patterns of human development and interaction. We are the future leaders of the world.

While Altercation has since left touring with Freedia, there remains a deep loyalty to Freedia AND a continued commitment to further the contextualization of 'twerqing'. The importance of honoring those who have gone before us, our shared ancestors who had to limit the movement of their own bodies to survive in this colonized world, is still of the utmost. The top priority of the class is to deepen the individual student's sense of responsibility in creating an equality based planet for the next generation. This has expanded into a 'Joy Workshop', including other ways to access the diaphragm; singing, laughing, sobbing and shaking the 2nd chakra...

The Rights of the Chakras

These are the birthright of every human being..

As children, we typically unconsciously influence chakra energy in order to deal with rules at home, resolve dissonance, and avoid psychic pain. The impaired chakra system that gets us through childhood rarely supports a successful, authentic adulthood.

But the good news is that we can change. We can establish a new relationship with our bodies/chakras, one that supports us as adults, and gives us the grounding, strength, and self-esteem to do what we came to do. 

Chakra Seven(CROWN) = The Right to Know 
The right to accurate information, to knowledge, truth, and to simply know what’s going on.

Chakra Six(3RD EYE) = The Right to See 
Clear physical seeing, psychic perception, and the seeing of patterns, so mistakes are less likely to be repeated.

Chakra Five(THROAT/MOUTH/EARS) = The Right to Speak and Hear Truth 
Clear communications. Avoidance of lies, secrets. Ability to create and express your authentic self.

Diaphragm= The Right to Joy (Located below the heart & lungs, above the stomach)                                                                    Activating the diaphragm through singing, laughing, sobbing, dance or s/exercise can physically transmute heavy emotions (pain, grief, anger ect.) into JOY.

Chakra Four(HEART) = The Right to Love and be Loved
Supported by loving parents, freedom and support in society for love between certain groups, high self esteem, good communications.

Chakra Three(SOLAR PLEXUS/GUT) = The Right to Act 
To have autonomy and individuality in the context of the family, to innovate, to be oneself, to be free.

Chakra Two(SACRAL/SEX ORGANS) = The Right to Feel 
Being able to feel your feelings without threat of punishment. Enjoying pleasure, including sexual pleasure. Plus, a sense of innocence.

Chakra One(ROOT) = The Right to Be and to Have 
Feeling welcome in your life. Feeling connected in a family or group. Self-care. Enjoying abundance.

Ingredients for vegan chocolate cake as a 

Ceremony of Reintegration & Empowerment

Original recipe makes 1 - 9x5 inch loaf pan 
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (root)
  • 1 cup white sugar (sacral)1/4 cup cocoa powder (heart)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (solar plexus
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional, symbolizing tears)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (crown)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (diaphram, which transmutes pain into Joy)
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar (3rd eye)
  • 1 cup water (throat)

Directions 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9x5 inch loaf pan                                                                                 Bless each ingredient. Sift together the dry ingredients. Add the wet. Mix together until mostly smooth. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Acknowledge and thank the  ancestors.

 

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