💃🏿 In some respects, my entire life has been a #SilentDisco. I was raised in a conservative Christian church that didn’t allow dancing. I remember putting together elaborate dance routines at age 8 or 9 (to “contemporary” Christian music no less!) and getting laughed at when family members caught me in the act.
Fast forward to high school, when my parents eased up & let me go to all the dances. But Christian college was another matter. I was out to prove something then - double major, magma cum laude, class president, and all the extracurricular’s I could amass - all to prove (to whom, really?) that I could do what I wanted. Well, when we went to Tijuana to dance, the RA reported us, and I was put on probation. For dancing. Yes, just like Footloose. Yes, it still happens.
🎺 But being raised on the edge of pop culture in an alternative society proved to have deep lasting value. I learned how to sing & play 2 instruments before the age of 14. I cultivated the outsider’s eye that is critical for an artistic life. I found my secret ways to dance - alone, or swimming, or in “movement technique” class in college (yes, that’s what we had to call it!) I finally danced ballet & jazz when I was accepted into ACT for grad school, as well as yoga - which would years later become a second life for me.
🤸🏾♀️Studying the science of movement in #yogatherapy has affirmed what my girlish heart knew all along: Dance is like oxygen for the body & soul. We need to move to heal, to stay young, to live. I think everyone one of us is an absolute legend on the dance floor, and how you move means much much less then the need to move at all - whether you’re silent about it or not.
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