Dancing is a beautiful way to express yourself, a universal language that transcends cultural boundaries. It allows us to communicate, celebrate, and connect with others in a unique and rhythmic manner. However, in today's society, there seems to be an increasing emphasis on conforming to certain dance styles or techniques, which can inadvertently stifle individual creativity and discourage personal expression. It is time to challenge this notion and celebrate the idea that your way of dancing is the right way. Let's embrace our individuality and creativity on the dance floor and in our lives!
Dance, in its essence, is a form of personal expression. It is an outlet for emotions, thoughts, and experiences that cannot be easily put into words. Every individual carries their own set of experiences, backgrounds, and physical abilities, which shape their unique movement style. Embracing this individuality allows dancers to express themselves genuinely and authentically, making their performances more compelling and relatable. Dance also allows us to move the energies that can get stuck in our bodies. We all know that dis-ease begins energetically before manifesting physically. Dance gives us permission to express what needs to be expressed, experienced, and released from our bodies before they can take root and be made physical. In addition, our lives are a unique and personal expression. Now is the time to be who you are in all your unique, quirky, gloriousness. Give yourself permission to BE YOU and live in the way that works for YOU!
There is no universal "right" or "wrong" way to dance. Each dancer brings their own flavor and interpretation to the art form. What matters most is the passion, joy, and energy one puts into their movement. Dance should not be about rigid rules and strict adherence to a particular style. It should be a freeing experience that encourages exploration, creativity, and self-discovery. This pertains to living life as well. What works for one may not work for another and that is perfectly fine. We are not meant to fit into the boxes that society would like us to fit. We are all unique expressions of the Divine and have the right to live in the way that works for each one of us. To live our passions and purpose and not just live to survive.
The world of dance is incredibly diverse, encompassing various genres, including ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, salsa, flamenco, belly dance, and many more. Each style has its own set of techniques, rhythms, and cultural significance. However, even within these styles, there is room for personal interpretation and unique expression. It is through the fusion of individuality and dance that new and exciting forms emerge. I am reminded of a quote from Goddess Martha Graham:
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action; and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. You must keep that channel open. It is not for you to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is for you to keep it yours, clearly and directly.”
This also applies to living your life. There is a greatness in you that must be expressed as it is yours and yours alone to express in your unique way. There may be others doing the same type of expression but no one can express it the way that YOU can.
When we embrace the notion that your way of dancing is the right way, we open the doors to a more inclusive and accepting dance community. Rather than imposing strict standards, we should celebrate the differences that dancers bring to the table. By appreciating diverse styles and techniques, we create an environment where everyone feels valued and encouraged to express themselves authentically. Gee, where else can our differences be celebrated? In our own lives!
By embracing your own way of dancing, and living your own way of life, you have the power to inspire others to do the same. When people witness the confidence and joy with which you express yourself, they are encouraged to explore their own unique journey. Your creativity and individuality become an inspiration to others, fostering a community that celebrates diversity and encourages self-expression.
Dance is a universal language that transcends boundaries and connects people from different walks of life. It is a powerful tool for personal expression and creativity. Instead of conforming to rigid standards or trying to fit into predefined boxes, we should embrace our individuality and celebrate our unique way of not only dancing but living our lives. By doing so, we contribute to a more inclusive and vibrant community, inspiring others to explore their own paths and create something truly remarkable. Remember, your way of dancing and living your life is the right way. So, practice this Truth by stepping onto the dance floor, let your body move to the rhythm of your soul, and dance like nobody's watching.
Call to Action
My mentor's request to you is to get up and DANCE! Choose music that really speaks to you and allow it to wash over you. Then, let your body move YOU! No concerns over how you look or if you're doing it right. Just move. Creatively, authentically. Listen to your body and give it permission to move the way it want and needs to move. When you are finished, journal what came up for you.
Of course, you can also join me on the DANCEfloor if you are local to me at the following locations:
Mondays at 5:30pm at the South Hanover Township Building in Hershey
Tuesdays at 11am at PA Dancesport Ballroom in Hummelstown.
I would also love to invite you to the Monthly Dance Experience in the Pleasure & Possibilities Goddess Membership next Thursday on Zoom. Our experience this month is a Conscious Dance experience to it's an opportunity to truly let the music move you! If this calls to you, you can learn more about the Membership at www.avalonianmoon.com/join-the-membership.html.
The important point here is to practice moving your body your way. Play with your creativity.
As always, I would love to hear what this holds for you so please feel free to reach out to me and share your experience.
Until Next Time...