“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
– William W. Purkey
Close your eyes. Listen carefully. Move to the music.
There are no rules. You can do whatever you want. It’s just you and the music. That’s the great thing about dance. It is an expression of yourself and there is no right or wrong. Just feel the music and let go.
Growing up I trained in classical dance but left it behind somewhere along the way. Life has a way of doing that and it’s only after my relationship ended that I found it again. I’m starting to realize that I lost many pieces of myself that I never knew were missing. I look forward to rediscovering those hidden gems.
Yesterday, I attended two beginner dance classes – Jazz Funk and High Heels. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I’ve never taken a class in either genre before. Jazz Funk was so much fun – it’s a mix of jazz, hip hop and waacking. We danced to Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man which is now one of my new favourites.
For the high heels class, I brought my red stilettos. I don’t know what I was thinking bringing a pair of 5 inch heels – it was a challenge! We danced to Privacy by Chris Brown and let me tell you, that was probably the sexiest dance I’ve ever learned or performed in my entire life! I’m one of those people who has always been a little hesitant and uncomfortable openly expressing my sexuality so this was definitely out of my comfort zone. Surprisingly, the sensual nature of the dance actually made me feel more confident in myself and all the insecurities I have about my body seemed to vanish.
Dancing has me feeling better about myself and my current situation. I’m grateful that it’s once again a part of my life. I noticed my mood and state of mind really improved a lot after yesterday’s classes so it’s definitely something I need to keep up. Lesson for today, just dance!