Dancing is my every thing. Dancing is my method of surrendering; it’s my exercise, my meditation, my source of income, my entertainment, my expression, my devotional practice and my identity. I am a dancer, but I believe everyone is a dancer.
In my world of teaching and performing, I encounter so many people that do not believe they can dance. They think they are uncoordinated, have no rhythm and most of all, they assume the ability to dance is either something you have or you don’t. They see dancers as members of an unattainable and exclusive club of good posture, hours of practice and perfect young bodies with plenty of technique.
It is eye candy for me to watch a trained dancer perform a well-rehearsed choreography. But my soul oozes with joy when I pick a person from my audience to come onstage with me and they let go of their inhibitions, feel the music and dance. In fact, I would prefer to watch an older woman at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, shimmying on her porch to a brass band marching by than to a 16 year old ballet dancer in the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center in New York City. The young dancer may have stamina, strength, flexibility and an agile body, but she has little life experience to express. I choose soul over technique any day of the week.
Ideally, a professional dancer should have both complete control of her body and a message to convey. Technique is like having a vocabulary and the more words you know, the more you should be able to say. A simple wrist movement could turn a command into a question and leave you spellbound by a skillful and expressive dancer.
However, if you are one of those people who have always thought you had two left feet, or are just starting out, don’t allow any negative thoughts deprive you of the happiness that dancing brings. No matter what style: jazz, ballroom, bellydance or just plain shaking it to your favorite tune, dancing is one of the greatest joys in life. It can transform your attitude in a second and transport you into pure bliss. Dancing is freedom incarnate.
Make the world a better place: turn on your favorite song, let go and dance!
Sat, April 25, 2009
by Ms. Dolphina