The Courage to Experiment: Life Lessons from Dancing


Life is trying things to see if they work.”~Ray Bradbury

Heh.  Well, after my previous post, trumpeting the importance about cultivating courage to venture again and again out of our comfort zones, fast forward to today.  When I need to put my money where my mouth is.

The invitation to skip outside the zone of the familiar came in the chance to choreograph for a dance performance opportunity that just popped up.  It’s happening very soon and, delightfully, will involve several dancers I haven’t created with before.

So, when the other dancer/choreographer with whom I am coordinating the event asked whether I’d rather have each of us set a piece or collaborate in choreographing one piece, I immediately reached for the familiar, readily achievable option: each set a piece.

[loud buzzer noise here] Wrong!

As the words started forming for the predictable answer, an enticing voice whispered to me to go for the co-choreography adventure.  Mostly because it seems like that–more of an adventure.  Inviting both of us to get to know each other, and ourselves, better through a close collaboration.


Is it potentially riskier?  Absolutely.  There’s no cozy comfort zone here, no road map. Especially as we haven’t even performed in a choreographed piece together before and don’t know each other, and each other’s process or dancing, well at all.

Yet, as I sensed when I said “let’s choreograph together!” the ideas and excitement have already been flowing with each of us feeding the other’s inspiration.  Yes!

Rehearsals start this weekend and although I feel jittery with the usual daunted sensations, I also feel the electricity of experimenting with a new process and some new dancers.  Pursuing my passion for increasing human connections.

No matter what happens, I am on the path.  The path of expanding the possibilities.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”~Anais Nin


Photo credit: Top-Nikki Carrara


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4 Responses to The Courage to Experiment: Life Lessons from Dancing

  1. Rachael says:

    I felt your anxiety, Chloe. Hope you go for it xxx

  2. terryshen says:

    Way to go, Sirena (or Chloe). Think win-win takes courage and is the right move regardless if win-win actually happens.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Yes, good point, Terry–thank you. The outcome may not be as we might have wished, but we will have carried ourselves with courage and a sense of possibility. I appreciate your time and input!

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