This week I realized how much joy dance has brought to my life. When I hear music my body can’t help but move.
One of my recent ‘just can’t stay still’ songs is Regina Spektor’s Ne Me Quitte Pas. Feel free to listen as you read the post.
Growing up I learned ballet. Mom was a ballet teacher in the small town where we lived in rural northern New Hampshire.
My costume above was probably one of the most beautiful I ever wore. Mom made it out of a sheer golden-yellow material with an under-shift. But I was so jealous I didn’t get to wear the pink tutu the rose girl got. In the 60s you couldn’t go buy a tutu at the mall like you can now. So I was happy when Mom finally made me one.
I remember pouring over dance catalogs looking at all the beautiful costumes when it was time for the spring recital. One year I finally got to wear a REAL tutu, with sequins all over the front and a proper matching headpiece (it wasn’t the rhinestone tiara I yearned for, but there was lots of fru-fru).
Eventually Mom had a studio built in the basement of our old New England farmhouse, and parents brought their children from miles away for classes.
I learned so much from ballet: rhythm, grace, timing, posture, discipline (although I complained much of the way 😉 ), technique, stage presence and the magic of moving to music. I remember sneaking down to the studio and playing Chopin’s Les Sylphides on the record player and moving freely with my heart alight.
Mom was very creative and wrote story ballets for the last recitals of each school year. So I also learned the art of storytelling through dance and performance from her.
All those years of learning about music and movement, combined with my love of drama, made me good at musical comedy and I performed roles like Peter Pan and Molly Brown in my 20s. And of course it put me in good stead when I went social dancing!
I realized that since my arthritis and hip surgery I haven’t moved to music, even in my living room, for a few years. It’s time to change that! I’m ready to put together a playlist and get my tush out from behind the computer and move for the sheer delight of it! Maybe I can even get my hubby to take me out for a little social dancing… what do you think?
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