As dancers we are often thinking in the short term- learn that new move or combo, drill to improve technique. But what if we saw our entire dance journey from a larger scope? What if we considered it as a mechanism for growth and change in each of us?
Dance has helped me connect with my feminine grace and taught me it was ok to be beautiful. Growing up as a tomboy I always felt so disconnected from “girly” things. And even as an adult never really felt I truly was beautiful or ever captured the distilled essence of Woman.
Slowly but surely as I danced, though, that changed. As my body remembered circles and figure eights, shakes and quakes, I found myself accepting everything it could do. I found music that made me smile and laugh as I moved, and other sounds that made me smolder and feel like a sensual beast. Researching to learn more, hungry to truly Know this dance, helped me discover the ancient connectivity and community the dance built and nourished, both with groups of women – so rare these days – and entire villages. And oh! The ritual of dressing for the dance truly taught me, often through trial and error, how to enhance and celebrate my gifts of beauty and how to transform myself into a firebird mermaid or eleven queen, all different beauties held in my heart. So fun to use makeup and costuming to get creative and let them out to play!
Now, as I grow older, the dance helps me celebrate how wonderful I feel in this body and all the amazing things it can do too!
As you study and learn, remember that the Dance can have such an incredible impact on your life beyond simply being able to move. Open your arms to embrace all the incredible positive changes it can bring and you will find yourself with a full and constantly evolving Self and life!