Let us Dance.

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”~Voltaire.

No quote could not have hit home more. Dancing and reading are two of my greatest pleasures. Both give me a chance to escape, to not be myself, but another. To truly be immersed in something, even for just a short time, is a blessing.

With a dance show coming up, I have been in that world more and more. I have been feeling the burn of extra rehearsing, but it isn’t a bad thing. There is a sense of pride, knowing what all this work will contribute to; a beautiful and well earned performance.

It is not only a physical activity, but an art form. It allows us, humans, to use our bodies to express our thoughts and feelings without words. To dance with others there must be a level of trust; trust that you are in a safe environment to express yourself. Another part of dance is bravery. To perform and show a bit of yourselves to the audience to the audience takes courage. You have to allow yourself to be vulnerable and strong, at the same time.

The nice thing about dance is that it is never too late to start. All you need to do is be willing; be willing to try new things, and put yourself out there. You don’t need to take any class to be a dancer; those who dance are dancers.

Next time your given a chance, take it, get out there, and dance! Dancing never fails to take my mind off of things and make me feel good.

This is a video of a guy dancing to Beyonce. He is truly amazing; not only does he nail every move, but he seems to embody Beyonce. He puts everything he’s got into this. You can see the passion. I found myself watching this again and again without becoming bored. He is not only a great dancer, but also an amazing performer. A good example of someone who puts their soul into dancing!

What’s something you put your soul into?

 

Dance enables you to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time

dance3When dancing you take on two roles; that of an artist and an athlete. You must have the strength and stamina of an athlete, but the expression of an artist. For me, dancing isn’t about being the best in the room, it’s about doing my personal best. As Martha Graham said, “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”. Dancing is graceful, strong, hard, emotional and so many other things. Dance is about preparing, learning, performing; it is about the whole process. As a dancer, I am often drawn to ballet. I admire it’s graceful and classic qualities. dance2 I especially enjoy my dance class because the class trusts and supports one another. Feeling safe around the people you dance with is important when trying new things in dance. We do all different kinds of dances so my classmates and I have lots of room to learn and explore. Dancing has taught me so much about myself and others. I’ve learned strengths and weaknesses, and I’ve learned to push myself. I’ve seen that it is better to try your best then to not try at all, which applies not only to dance. Dancing has made me feel good about myself and more active. Young or old, It’s never too late to start! Dancing keeps you active, healthy and happy. “Dance enables you to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time”~Peter Townsend

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(All photos taking by myself and a special thank you to my classmate who is pictured)