Sunday, December 16, 2007

Dance, Dance!

The Sunday Scribblings topic this week is DANCE…

First, a few fitting quotes about dance:

Dancing is like dreaming with your feet! ~Constanze

There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. ~Vicki Baum

The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word. ~Mata Hari

I am a dancer. From the time I was four or five years old, into elementary school, middle school, high school, in college and even now, I dance. Some of my dancing was through lessons in tap, ballet, and jazz. Some was through the dance team in high school and college. Now I take a class at church on praise dance. Yes, even at my age!

I dance with my children. I dance around the house when I am alone listening to a good song. I dance for exercise. My right brain enjoys the fluidity, grace, and self-expression of the movement. My left brain enjoys connecting with the rhythm of the tune.

As a young girl, I had no inhibitions about dancing in front of an audience. I danced for competitions, for recitals, for senior citizens at the nursing home, for my parents, for football games, for just about anyone. I remember growing up wanting to own a dance studio like my dance teacher. I even considered a major in dance during my college years. But, alas, I probably didn’t have as much talent as many of the other men and women in the program. However, I will also never forget the dean of the dance department telling me that she could tell by the way I carried myself that I was a dancer. That was a high compliment.

I am going to include an old (ancient) photo here (circa 1975, age 9 or 10) of a group from my studio that took a dance workshop in Galveston. One of our dance teachers at the workshop was Patsy Swayze (yes, Patrick’s mother who taught him to dance). Can you find me in the group?


Thank you to the following website for the quotes:
http://www.quotegarden.com/dancing.html

9 comments:

paisley said...

what a lovely post... i think dancing can be a wonderful outlet and confidence builder in a girl,, and you are proof of that aren't you???

gautami tripathy said...

I loved Dirty Dancing. I bought that CD and watch it when I am depressed to get over it.

Dance of Life

Herb Urban said...

I loved your story. I could say it sounded like you had the time of your life, but I'll keep the Dirty Dancing puns to a minimum.

I really do admire anyone who has the discipline to turn dancing into an artful, rather than a series of accidental failing movements.

Kellan said...

I just went to Amy's site were her daughter made the comment, "I love all the dancing" - don't we all. Take care. Kellan

Patois said...

I'm so glad you're still dancing. What a great history.

tumblewords said...

Oh, yes! Keep dancing! Sounds delightful...

Angel said...

how wonderful that you embrace your dancing spirit :)

colleen said...

I always feel bad for people who don't dance. They don't know what they're missing. It's such a big part of my identity.

LittleWing said...

i like that...dancing with no inhibitions...freedom in it's truest form...

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