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How to use Spotify & dance as a digital divination tool

Ariel Meadow Stallings
3 min readJan 6, 2024


If you’re one of the folks who follow me because I work at Medium, this is your fair warning that this is NOT a story about Medium. I contain multitudes; nice to meet you!

Photo of the author by Chris Wojdak

I am a human who dances a lot. Like, a lot a lot. My editorial career started as a scene reporter for a rave magazine in the mid-’90s, where dancing was seen as so important that the style guide made it clear that the word was to be capitalized: Dance, like God.

25 years later, that editorial decision strikes me as unbelievably twee (these days, I don’t capitalize either word).

…Then again, I have a mirror and barre in my living room. I have a daily devotional dance practice. I wake up most days and dance my prayers. I wind down some days dancing my gratitudes. I’ve taught conscious dance courses. I take Cuban Salsa classes in the evenings, and sometimes go to sober day raves in the mornings.

Dance probably does play an upper-case role in my life.

My living room with cheeky-ass neon sign

When I was teaching conscious dance, the biggest lesson I was trying to teach my students…



Ariel Meadow Stallings

I'm a product manager at Medium, but I'm also a whole-ass person living my life: author, publisher, dancer, Seattleite, mom, and just a human humanning.