Again, give dancing a whirl!
I was reminded once again of dance’s abundant juju after teaching class yesterday. First, through a new dancer’s story, which she shared with me after class, a story which was all too familiar.
She had planned to come dance, and was disappointed to feel a little under the weather the night before. After awaking still not being in tip top shape, she finally decided to attend class, figuring she could stop if needed.
She didn’t stop, though. And after class was feeling like a completely different person. No longer green around the gills, hungry for breakfast, energized.
While I didn’t feel ill, I had been a wee bit low on energy. And, ta-da! Dancing revitalized me. As it has countless times.
Obviously, when we move physically, we shift everything around. Our bodies, of course. And also our minds and souls. We move things through us. And with the addition of endorphins, we lift our spirits, as we ground ourselves by connecting with the earth through our legs and feet and on up through the rest of our vessels.
So, if you want metamorphosis– of emotion, physicality, spirit, outlook, energy level–get up and dance! Or even do some toe tapping and torso wriggling and head bopping in your seat. Roll your eyes and do face dances–smiling, scrunched up, surprised. It doesn’t matter what you look like, just that it feels good. Whatever you can move, move!
Dance will gather you in her embrace…work her magic…and transform you.
“Never stop moving.”~Luigi
“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.“~Martha Graham
Photos: Top, courtesy of Nikki Carrara © 2016; Middle, courtesy of Rich Davis © 2018 (http://davisphoto.smugmug.com)