With International Dance Day tomorrow (Tuesday April 29th), it got me thinking about why dance is so important to me. Aside from the fact that dance makes me feel fabulous, is freeing, and has been incredibly healing for me this past year, dance to me represents that incredible sense of self confidence that my parents instilled in me. I dance wherever I want, whenever I want, even if I dance alone (oh, let me be honest with myself, most of the time I dance alone)! I love this about myself (and I thank my parents for this)!
Growing up I always assumed other people’s fear of dancing, simply amounted to being self conscious of what others would think when they saw them dance (luckily I don’t care about what they think, I just have fun). The more I travel though, the more aware I am that much of my confidence to dance comes from being fortunate enough to grow up in a world where I was taught I was equal to all, and could do whatever I set my mind to. No cultural believes, religion, societal views, or potential lover tried to squash the freedom and confidence in me to dance. Well … one lover did … and quickly became an ex-lover.
In reflecting on this, it is one of the reasons why I love the One Billion Rising dance revolution …
I especially love this One Billion Rising dance video from Dance Saskatchewan, as I love the mix of people, ages, dance abilities, in the video. Reminding me once again both how healing and freeing dance can be!
So DANCE! This Tuesday, International Dance Day, and everyday!