You know the feeling. A song drifts into your ears. Your heart begins to race. Your toes twitch. Shivers fizzle down your spine. A connection is made with the music and your soul. But do you dance?
As a child, I was surrounded by music. Dad loved to sing. He came from a musical family sat around the piano while Mother played and each child would perform their ‘party piece’. I learned piano from the age of four but was chastised by my teacher (and even during piano exams) for my lack of ability to pitch a note and dancing was out of the question for a ‘fairy elephant’. It didn’t stop me immersing myself in music though and at forty years of age, I joined my first dance class.
I teach dance to inspire women to dance now.
What music inspires you? I adored Indian music before I started dancing and once I began, discovered Arabic music for the first time. I’ve always loved a choir and now, in Wales, when I attend book fairs and Christmas fairs, I’m filled to bursting by the luscious lilts and bountiful harmonies of Welsh choral music. Beethoven piano music awakens feelings in me, filling me with a sense of awe and joy while a simple, gentle chant to the goddess can carry me away to the sea.
I encourage my ladies to share music they love and we dance to it together in class.
What about the music of nature? Standing on my hill in the chilly hours of dawn, the birds awaken the day, their song ricocheting between the trees like a greeting echo. The river sings many songs. Sweet, cheerful music tinkles between the stones when she is low but in full flow she bursts like a geyser between the rocks, bellowing her song and her powerful intent as she hurries to the sea.
Dance anywhere and everywhere! Dance in the rain dance in the park dance on the beach dance in your front room, dance on a grassy knoll dance with friends and dance alone
Listen to the music…and dance.
I love music, especially nature’s music, but I’ve always been too unconfident to dance. I once went to pick up my daughter from a school party and the DJ called all the parents onto the dance floor. I tried desperately to resist, but was urged to join in. I have zero rhythm, and got voted the worst dancer by the DJ… I felt humiliated, and it discouraged me even more to dance. I wish I could, but there’s not a rhythmic bone in my body! 😉
Thanks for your comment, Lisa but how sad that DJ has convinced you that you can’t dance. Keep listening to music and listening to nature’s tunes and let yourself go..everyone’s dance is different, don’t try to conform. However music moves you is your dance. Love and light xx