Dance like No One is Watching

dancingDancing to me is such a part of everything I think about, do and who I am.  I dance in the kitchen, at home with the kids, the car, airport, and even when I write my manuscripts;  which character will end up on the dance floor, moving to the music?:)

Dancing brings out emotions that could never be expressed or explained with words.  You feel, therefore you dance.  To me it’s that simple.

I can escape in a Bourrée or pretend I’m on top of a mountain in a field of flowers, leaping and chaînéing.  Dancing to me, is like opening the first pages of a new book.  The anticipation and excitement of finding out who the characters are and what will unfold is the same as when a person first starts moving to the music.

Our bodies move feeling every beat, every movement, either alone or when dancing with a partner.  Every sensation is alive and burning through our veins.

dance for ChristI don’t think there is a feeling more beautiful than when our minds and bodies come together creating movement in the form of a dance.  We release, we let go, we become free and no one holds us back for it’s impossible to cage a soul on fire.

So many people are afraid of what they look like on a dance floor.  But there is no wrong way to feel.  Put your fears aside and step into the beauty of a moment to share love, joy even suffering.

Dance can heal the soul faster than the majority of things on earth because you can release your grief, not only through tears but through every part of yourself.  Our bodies and minds are connected through the spirit, so stop trying to separate what is intended to be together.  You can no more separate a wave from the ocean than you can a body from a dance.

Some Say “I don’t dance.”  I whole heartedly disagree.  You are human and therefore created to move.  The way we were designed allows for movement of every kind.  Perhaps you don’t dance because you don’t know how.  You think you have to be shown.  Perhaps your “Don’t” or “Can’t dance” is only fear because you think you need to have so many steps down first.  The steps to a dance don’t determine whether you can dance, your soul dances without a lesson.  You just need to let it out and not be afraid.dance

 

We have all looked or done silly things in our life, but you just have to laugh with them and enjoy.  Watching people enjoy the art of dancing brings so much.  You see the radiant light come to life in their eyes and almost feel as if you are with them on the floor.  That’s what it means to dance.

I have been thinking a lot about this topic because it’s a part of me and because of children’s ballets and recitals coming up all over the country.  Students study all year, putting their heart and soul into a performance to bring happiness to those who come and watch.  This is the chance for them to express to an audience what they feel and show family and friends the fruit of their labor.  I would strongly encourage you to attend a performance and feel the expression of a soul on fire.  You will not be disappointed and the student will shine because people have come to see them in their glory.

Perhaps you will finally understand what it means to dance.

“If you want to dance, dance like no one is watching and become free.  Mind, body, soul, free.”

 

-Heather Earles

Dancers in a Classroom

2 Comments

  1. Amy said:

    Loved it…your words are vivid and I can feel your exuberance. ….

    April 2, 2017
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    • Thank you Amy. “If you show me how you dance I will tell you who you are.” A quote that says it all.

      April 4, 2017
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