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When was the last time you danced?
At your wedding? In junior high/high school when you had to?
I say why?
If you’ve read my 10 thing that make me happy post, you know that I love to dance and it makes me so HAPPY! 🙂
My parents put me into dance when I was little and it’s always been a part of my life. From ballet to jazz, modern to hip-hop.
Now, I’m sure you’ve heard of ballet, salsa and the waltz, right?
But have you heard of contemporary, buck-and-wing or chaconne?
Did you know that there are a lot, I mean a lot of different styles. I’ve never even heard of a lot of them myself but I found a great starting list at The Phrontistery.
And have you ever watched any of these different styles?
Recently there was a new dance competition show on tv called World of Dance. Talk about a diversity of styles. And all competing against one another.
As a dancer it was trilling to watch! Asking my parents to watch with me was another thing. They didn’t like what they saw. They didn’t consider it dancing…. because it didn’t look like what they considered dancing to be.
The reason I bring this up is not to have a discussion as to what it is but to inspire you to do it! In your fashion, in your way, in your style.
But I don’t know how to? I just can’t because I’m too clumsy! I have two left feet!
Does this sound like you?
Well, I challenge you!!!!
I fully believe with all my heart everyone and anyone can dance! It’s not always about certain movements but about feeling those movements within the music, within yourself.
I was blessed enough at one point in my life to be in New York City taking dance classes (I was aspiring to have a career in dance). During my very first class (hip-hop) the teacher singled me out from everyone in the class (there were probably 15 to 20 students that day) and told me – I can see you ‘know’ how to dance, now I want to ‘see’ you dance! I was floored!
First that I was singled out, second that I was decent enough for him to see I could dance but thirdly and most importantly that I wasn’t really dancing!
I had always been in an ‘organized’ dance style before – ballet, cheerleading. Never really given the opportunity to be ‘me’. Well, I had my work cut out for me but I felt blessed to be given the critique!
As you can see, even a ‘dancer’ doesn’t always even know how to dance! It’s not always about certain movements but about feeling those movements.
So, again – I challenge you: To dance today! Whether it’s a little toe tapping while you’re waiting for your food to heat up in the microwave or nodding your head while you brush your teeth. Turn on some music or find your own beat.
If you have a significant other/kids they’ll probably love it and join in. If you have pets pick them up (if possible :)) and dance with them. By yourself? Then go crazy!!!!! It’s not a matter of how you dance, only that you dance!
And here’s just a little snippet from one of my favorite songs – I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack:
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted