Rediscovering Dance

As children, most of us were encouraged to dance on a regular basis, freely and openly, in whatever way felt best. A few of us may have retained or regained our ability to engage in dancing unselfconsciously, but by the time we reach adulthood, many of us have stopped dancing altogether. We may have hang-ups about our bodies, or we may fear being judged. Then again, we may simply have fallen out of the habit for so long that we don’t even realize we never dance anymore. Whatever the case, there’s no time like now to rediscover the healing pleasure of moving your body to music—alone, as part of a couple, or in a group. Opportunities to dance abound, once you start looking for them.

If you haven’t danced in a long time and feel too self-conscious to start in a public situation, find some time alone to reintroduce yourself to the joy of listening and responding to music with your body. Turn the lights down low and remember that it’s much more fun when you’re not thinking about what you look like. It won’t take long before your body remembers how much it loves to move. Feel the music in your soul, feel the vibrations healing your body. Treat the time like a meditation session in which you agree to allow yourself to fully inhabit your amazing body.

If you feel awkward, remember that every culture since time immemorial has celebrated life and the body with dance. All people carry the memory of dance in their blood and bones. In other words, you were born to do this, it is in you already; all you have to do is start moving. If you prefer more interaction, take a class one night a week. In most cities, you can find everything from modern dance to African dance to ballroom and salsa. Whatever you choose, you won’t regret choosing to rediscover your birthright—the healing, joyful thrill of dancing.



3 Responses to “Rediscovering Dance”

  1. 1 manchesterflickchick July 21, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Great post! I think African dance would be fun. I tried Zumba but the basic return step was salsa which strained my knees. Maybe a good old mosh around my living room to some punk or a mad bounce around to euphoric happy hard core! What’s yours?

  2. 2 Mary Contrary July 21, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I’m more of a belly dance girl, myself. I blame it on Rachel Brice, who provided the bridge from yoga into dance. These hips sure don’t lie!

  3. 3 manchesterflickchick July 21, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Haha, I love that song and used to love dancing to it in clubs. I barley have any hips like, but I have the little round belly and plenty of rhythm!

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