Dancing On Water

A floating stage

An ever-shifting floor

An  offering of public art

A prayer

Such a spectacular day!  Venturing forth on Cape Cod Bay on our Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP), I was inspired by the gorgeousness to take my pop-up dance project to another level.  I mean, the day just begged to be danced, decked out as she was in aquamarine skies, bright sunshine and crystalline sea.

So, yes!  Dancing on the water was just the ticket to express joy and gratitude for Mother Nature’s resplendence.

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As someone who has done her fair share of performing outdoors, I was floored by the special experience of dancing right on top of the ocean.  Inexpressibly freeing, it felt both primal and transcendent.  Rapturous. Dancing to the sun and wind and sea, out on the vast watery expanse, with only a few inches of board between me and the sea.

Or, zero inches between us….when I fell in :).  There was just enough wind and wave to make things interesting.   Challenging me to be supersensitive to the countless shifts and extra aware of my own physicality, especially my core. As adaptable and mindful as I tried to be, I was thrown a few times by my amazing and mercurial dance partner: the ocean.

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Doing the kind of movement I love, which uses momentum and focuses on the breath, the swooping, dropping and suspending felt like a lovely match for the gentle, and not so gentle, rise and fall of wind and wave.

While a main intention was reverential, another aim was to share my passion for dancing with folks nearby on the water and the beach.  Part of my ongoing practice to thread the magic and power of dance into daily life.  Spreading the word with more people that dance and art can ideally, and should, be everywhere.

#danceiseverywhere

“…I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on a purely physical plane will have resonances with our innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive….”~Joseph Campbell

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”~Martha Graham

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9 Responses to Dancing On Water

  1. I wish I could have seen you. I’m sure it was incredible!

  2. diahannreyes says:

    wow–literally dancing on water. if you lived in my area and taught a class on this I would definitely take it. paddle board dancing. I wish I could see a video of this. (hint hint 🙂 :))

    • SirenaTales says:

      Funny you should say that, Diahann, as I had just been wondering about a class and if others give classes in this. Or do performances. It would be cool!

      Thank you so much for your unwavering encouragement, my friend. It means so much to me. And re: a video, I had kind of wished a family member had been around to film, but that wasn’t the case. Hope all’s well with you. xoxo

  3. Eileen says:

    Your description took me with you. What a fantastic feeling! What a wonderful image, the ocean as a dance partner. Love the photo with the pool of light in the background sparkle dancing right up to us. I so wanted to dance….so glad that I can dance in my mind and feel it. ( A herniated disc with bone spur and a bone on bone knee discouraged my first physical instinct. ) Thanks so much for the lifting and energizing post. What a wonderful idea….dancing on water…….I’ve always envied the way light can do that. I wonder if Jesus was tempted to go a little over the top when the Apostles freaked out. What fun that would have been!

    • SirenaTales says:

      Oh, thank you so much for your enthusiasm, Eileen! And for dancing along with me in your mind. I hope you are as comfy as possible. Clearly, your verve and sense of humor are in fine form as reflected in your visions of Jesus and the Apostles :). Shine on, sister. xxo

  4. What is a dance on the water without a dunk IN the water? What a beautiful way to express your love of both dance and our wonderful planet.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Heh. I like that for a future title, Emilie: “A Dunk In The Water.” Could be metaphorical or literal or both. As always, you’ve given me a lift with your kind words. Thank you!

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