As a dancer, I consider the body to be watercolor paint, calligraphy letters, or an ounce of liquid gold. We dancers live, breathe, dream, stretch, and push beyond sanity to maybe, somehow, possibly, for one-moment-in-time, brush the face of perfection.
This desire lives in me for it moved me to waltz at a weight of 313 pounds. It motivated me to put on heels and not only attempt to walk in them, but to create a rise and fall motion. Besides the power of dance, what else could possibly fuel me as I sweat and strive and work to the point of fatigue; I am sore every day and my feet swell so that I ice them each night. Yet still, I continue to dance for I must dance.
You see, I have discovered that my heart for dance has a breadth and profundity that surprises even me. In calm still moments I can hear its voice ever calling. Usually drowned out by the dizzying tornadoes and miniscule dramas of my life, it lately it strikes me that I am not fully alive or present in every moment of my life yet I always and acutely feel this vitality when I dance.
I have now embarked on a journey deep to center of self that will transform me as surely and completely as the caterpillar is metamorphosed into the butterfly. I know that my heart is coming to life with each Samba and Quickstep. My body is healing with each Cha-Cha and Salsa. I feel my spirit nourished with each Rumba and Tango. And now that I’ve had a taste of this vivacious-ness, my soul cries out, “I want to be alive in all of life!”
My message is this – don’t wait! Dance now! Dance how you are in this very moment! Don’t wait until you lose the weight/have the time/feel okay and on and on and on. Life is what happens when we making plans. Don’t you see? Dancing is what will get us to lose the weight/have the time/feel okay! It is the process, the vehicle. Don’t delay one more second. Live your life playing the starring role. Go out and be your true and extraordinary self regardless of how current circumstances appear.
The power of dance is that it reminds me the only place of power is in the now. We are all one quality decision away from changing our lives. And who knows…it could be the result of saying yes to a dance class.