“Maybe you take yoga class or wiggle around when your foot is asleep, or perhaps you’re a former professional ballerina or a current hip-hop dancer, or maybe you burn up the floor at the club every weekend or dance alone in your room with the radio on…everyone dances in one way or another….”
I was sent to ballet when I was a young girl, because I used to walk pigeon toed. I wasn’t very flexible as a kid either, even a bit clumsy and chubby….and therefore had to stand in the rear row on any public performance. It wasn’t love on first sight! Not till some years later, during my last years of high school, I started taking dance classes in Contemporary and African style, and during my university years in Paris I spent more time at the dance school than at University. I got offered to join a group performance, but never committed to it. Than I spent six months in Cuba and discovered a whole new dimension of dance. In Cuba dance is part of daily life. When I moved to the countryside in New Zealand there was no dance at the time, and in my desperation I took up Yoga, which again broadened my horizon. I became quite obsessed with yoga and engaged teaching it for a short time. But I miss dancing and finally got the opportunity to join a 5 Rythms workshop in Christchurch with Julie Forsey: http://www.5rhythms.co.nz/teachers/julie-forsey/
This weekend was a great journey and I feel very liberated, full of positive energy and free like a butterfly. Dance is just another form of creative expression, another form of visual art. Dance is also art in space, three dimensional art, similar to sculpture or sculptural architecture. As an Artitect I’m as much obsessed with space as an Artist with creative expression, and dance is a great way to play with both.
I dance because: I need to feel again and again like flying.
Words can not express why I dance. So, I dance- to express the words I can not speak. I don’t have a great verbal vernacular, however, my movement speaks for me. I dance because sometimes words just aren’t enough!
‘Dancing is not so much a choice to me as a need. When one is thirsty, one drinks water. When I hear music, my body naturally starts moving because this is what it needs to do to stay alive.’
I dance because it makes my entire body smile.
‘I’ve never felt anything so fulfilling on both a spiritual and physical level as dancing. Inside a framework of technique, there is absolute freedom of expression. What elevates dance above other art, to me, is its ability to engage viewers just as powerfully as performers on both levels. The best dance engages the mind and the imagination as well as the body.’
Because it makes me happy – it’s the expression of life!
‘I dance because there is something inside me that wants out – it wants to move and express and be beautiful and feel good. Dance allows me to be free and creative.’
‘I dance because dancing integrates, expands, challenges, and celebrates every aspect of my being – mental, physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual.To dance is to breathe, it is therapeutic. How fortunate I’ve been to dance! ”
‘Movement is life and part of the definition of life. When I do not move, I feel less alive, like my breath is stopped. I am compelled to move, it does not feel like a choice. Dancing is an expression of one’s physicality, ideas, and emotions, and extends energy into space.’
‘Or maybe you dance because the doctor’s told you you never would again…who wouldn’t take on that challenge!?’