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Dancing Is Good for the Soul

Dancing Is Good for the Soul

A coworker of mine told me yesterday about an event she went to that entailed dancing in the dark. The lights were turned off so that the participants could dance without feeling self-conscious. The purpose was to encourage the dancers to allow their bodies to respond to the music – to move how their bodies wanted to move, without worrying about how they appeared to others.

It sounded like a beautiful event to me. Dance, after all, is supposed to be a release, a way to channel our energy and express ourselves. But, as with so many experiences in life, it has become a performance. When we dance, we often modify what we do to win the approval of others (of course, this is true of life in general, as well).

I have often found myself telling others that I can’t dance. This is not true, of course. Perhaps I don’t dance “well,” but dance is simply movement and anyone can do it, even if it doesn’t look pretty – because looking pretty isn’t the point. Professional dancers, of course, must hone their skills. They possess impressive talent. But for the rest of us, dancing isn’t about looking graceful – it’s about releasing our emotions and enjoying the present moment. It is a shame that we often censor our dancing out of unnecessary embarrassment.

 

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.

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7:48AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

I dance by myself when the mood strikes me. Dancing is a wonderful expression. Get in the groove and flow with the music. Who cares what other think. Dance for yourself to honor earth and nature, your God and to lift despair. We have forgotten that dancing was originally to honor things.
Collen let go of the anger even people in wheelchairs "dance" Free your soul

6:58AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

great news

12:54AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Dancing to the kitchen! Thx

3:24AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Noted

12:33AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

True. Thanks.

6:31AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

worth thinking about

3:56AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

I am an excellent dancer regardless of what others think as i don't care what others think as that's their problem not mine. I also don't put people on pedestals regardless of what others may think because its all a dream and at the end of the day we are just One consciousness, having a dream called earth.

5:21PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

I love to dance esp. around campfire with some drummers ; )

11:39AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

I am an excellent dancer... but not in any style anyone would recognize. I get weird looks when I do what feels right to me. Oh well.

5:20AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Thanks

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