Random Moments of Delight #8: Let There be Dance

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.

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I’m on the left as the sunshine growing the rose (center), the little rain cloud is on the right.

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.

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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).

dance blue tutu

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.

Photo taken in mid 80s when we drove by it to reminisce.

Photo taken in mid 80s when we drove by it to reminisce.

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!

At a dress-up beaux arts ball with a marvelous partner.

At a dress-up ball with a marvelous partner in the 80s. (yes that’s a kitty cat tail, ears and makeup)

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?

As always I welcome your comments on this or any other part of my blog.

This post was inspired by Justine at Eclectic Odds n Sods with her post last week, Childhood memories of dance & dreams! (here).

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I’d love to hear your random moments of delight. This challenge (or rather non-challenge) is about sharing special moments  with each other each week (read here for more info). Please put a link back here, in your post, so others may take part if they wish. And please comment and visit other people’s moments of delight! (If you have any trouble putting your link in below, just put it in the comments section… Linky Tools has been having problems the past few days.)


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25 thoughts on “Random Moments of Delight #8: Let There be Dance

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  2. Meghan Post author

    Thank you so much for asking Justine! I’ve been having all sorts of problems with my computers … malware and such. I had to do some major cleaning of them and it put me behind in posting! I just couldn’t stay up last night to finish the post, so got up this morning … and of course it always takes longer than you think it will! xoxoxo

  3. Justine

    Are you ok? Was looking to see if another random moment of delight had been posted, was getting my entry ready, unlike you for it not to be up there, just checking in your alright 🙂 xx

  4. Lisa K

    How great that you have these photos of your young dancing years! I hope you write something fun about your next social dancing adventure with your husband. 🙂

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  6. Meghan Post author

    Thank you Sharon! And isn’t the home the safest place to be free? I must admit I was intimidated to dance at my son’s wedding a few years ago since his wife is a dancer. I felt like an ugly duckling, it had been many many years since my dancing prime.

  7. Meghan Post author

    Thanks Justine… looking back my childhood truly was a fairytale life, at least for me. I’m starting to do some wiggling for sure, as long as i don’t jump up and down the hip does just fine! And I’M so glad you kickstarted those memories too!

  8. Meghan Post author

    Thank you! Your comments make my heart swell. I think it was a great trip into the past for my mom as well. (ps, she still dances)

  9. Island Traveler

    A beautiful journey back in time. Of remembering one’s passion for dance and music. For sharing an amazing mother who nurtured and inspired you to follow your dreams.

  10. Island Traveler

    Truly an inspiration. Thanks for sharing with us your amazing journey with dance and music. For, sharing with us you wonderful childhood and your loving mom.

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  12. Eclectic

    Oh eek don’t you just look like one of those beautiful china dolls. The one of you in blue is just stunning g. You sound like you had an amazing childhood and I’ve seen some pictures of past like the riding ones that make it almost fairytale like. Every girls dream surely 🙂

    I am so glad that music and dance is awakening in you again. Yes you should dance again, if I can you can 🙂 just even a little wiggle!

    Thank you for mentioning me and I’m so glad it kick started a joyful memory xx

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