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by Darren Held

by Sonnjea Blackwell

Tomorrow is the first day of a brand-new Held2gether Level 1 Improv Class, which means tomorrow is also the best day EVER for 16 unsuspecting folks.

No, I’m not that full of myself. But I am that convinced of the power of improv to transform people’s lives. Whatever else is happening for those 16 people this week, tomorrow night they will find the courage to show up to their first improv class, make the choice to be completely silly in front of complete strangers, and discover that they can do stuff they’ve never done before – and may have never thought they could do. They will laugh and be amazed at how simple and yet how freakin’ hard everything is. They’ll figure out that they don’t listen as well as they thought… or that they listen way better than they gave themselves credit for. They’ll start learning how to work better as a team, without even realizing that’s what they’re doing. They’ll learn to trust themselves and others more, and they’ll feel what it’s like when a whole roomful of people trusts them. They’ll laugh and laugh… and some of them will really play for the first time since they were children.

Now do you see why I’m so in love with my job? Who wouldn’t want to witness that kind of magic every 6 weeks or so?

In case you’re not in on the magic just yet, there are classes starting all the time – including this coming Saturday.

Darren Held
About Darren Held
Darren is the CEO and Creative Director of Held2gether, Improv for LIfe. He has been teaching and performing improv for 15 years, and has performed with H2g, the Groundlings, UCB and Second City. He loves Moto, red wine, and Madonna.

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