Pas-De-Deux

When I was a child, I would sometimes dream about being a ballerina. It was never as part of the corps de ballet but nor was it about being a star soloist. It was always pas-de-deux. The important thing seemed, somehow, to be able to relate to another human being as a dancer and hopefully for something beautiful and meaningful to come out of it. As a child, of course, I could not express it in those words. Nevertheless, my unconscious mind must have known what it wanted because the dream never changed. Continue reading “Pas-De-Deux”

Following Interests as an Adult

It is wonderful when people take up something as an adult that they have always wanted to do but for one reason or another couldn’t previously do. It is often that as a child they did not have the opportunity to follow an interest, probably because their family was busy raising them and their siblings and surviving life. The activity may be taken up as soon as we become a young adult and start making serious decisions about our life direction and where we want to spend our time and money. Sometimes, the activity can be taken up much later in life when the demands of children, mate, and work are in a different category of required input. Here are a few guidelines for those who take up dancing as an adult. Continue reading “Following Interests as an Adult”

Authenticity

My dance class had a guest teacher who is a renowned Flamenco dancer of thirty years performance experience. In Flamenco, although young dancers are admired for their speed and agility, they are not considered to have the emotional maturity to adequately convey the duende or soul of true dance. The most respected Flamenco dancers are the older dancers who long ago mastered their technique and now perhaps do less with their body but much more with their soul. Continue reading “Authenticity”

Confidence and Surrender

Asking For What We Want

Some years ago, I was thrilled to be accepted for lessons by a ballroom teacher who was an accomplished dancer and a lovely man. He was fully booked and only gave half-hour lessons. I was grateful to be able to have lessons with him at all, however, half an hour, once a week, was just not enough for me. I was used to longer lessons and it was my only opportunity to dance ballroom in a way that I enjoyed. At the end of my first lesson, I decided to be brave and ask for what I wanted. Continue reading “Confidence and Surrender”