The first few beats came on, I turned to my sisters and without a word we were up dancing the macereana, when the song plays, you dance. We were at a concert in a stadium full of thousands of people and in that moment everyone stood up and danced. Full on hip shaking and in the groove dancing. When the song ended and we were all smiling and laughing I thought, this is awesome.
One of my guiding words for 2016 is dance. It’s not a word I would have typically picked but it seemed to pick me. It just kept coming to me and seemed fitting. The definition of dance is: dɑːns/verb: dance; 1.move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps. To me dance can also be a way of going about your day to day life.
To me dance is all about dancing with the rhythm of life.
Dancing to the beat of your own drum (doing what lights you up and being authentic).
Going with the flow of life, dancing with the moment.
Dancing with your desires.
Feeling joyful, playful, womanly and happy.
Less resistance more flow.
Owing your body and moves.
Putting aside self doubt and dancing like no ones watching.
Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.
Practice, dedication and hard work.
Learning as you go.
Living a life that causes your soul to dance inside your body.
Embracing the moment (if the music good you dance).
‘Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.’ ~H. Jackson Brown
Dancing to feel alive and vibrant.
Dancing as a way to lovingly move your body and lift you spirits
Dance to me is such a beautiful word to describe a way of life.
I am by no means a professional dancer or ever plan on being one, but there’s just something about the act and idea of dancing that I love. There have been times when I have participated in dancing. For eight years I did highland dancing which I was never that amazing at but I loved the dedication to it, the practice, feeling the beat of the music. I also did line dancing for two years with a couple of school friends and a group of ladies twice our ages. We did it for the friendship, the laughs and again loosing ourselves in the rhythm of the dance. I will never pass on a chance to dance with my two beautiful sisters, when the music plays we dance and we will dance til we are glowing and laughing. We’ve danced together in a park where the music was playing just loud enough for us to hear and people were walking past. There have been countless dance parties in our lounge room and we can dance for hours with wii dance. I won’t lie I also dance around my bedroom from time to time and was more than a little hooked on the 2015 season of American Dancing with The Stars with Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough, I’ve even read Derek Hough’s book Taking the Lead, even if you aren’t a dancer it is an amazing book.
To really live out my word of 2016 I’ve started something I was a bit hesitant about, I’ve started going to Zumba classes. The entire first class I felt so uncoordinated and pretty out of my comfort zone but I smiled the whole time. I’ve been to three classes so far and I’m feeling more in rythym each time. There was the whole ‘I don’t want anyone to watch me dance’ thoughts that first lesson but quickly realised no body really cares, they are all to busy watching the instructor and there’s no mistakes just accidental solos.
So for me in 2016 I’m going to go about my days as if each day was a dance, embrace it fully, be in the moment, and feel the joy. I’m going to remind myself that things take practice and time. The sometimes I lead and sometimes I follow. And of course I will dance, show up to Zumba to lovingly move my body and throw dance parties in my lounge room. Because…
“Life is a dance, but it’s much more than mastering the steps. It’s pushing your boundaries, shattering your limits, and exploding in a breathtaking burst of life” – Derek Hough
So how are you going to dance today?