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 ballroom competitor, a sensitive dancer, and a lovely man. He was very busy with life, fully booked as a dance teacher, 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”

Sitting In the Stalls of Life

I looked across the ice rink from where I was sitting and what I saw brought tears to my eyes. It was such a simple thing – just a boy and a girl, becoming a young man and a young woman. My son was still very much a beginner skater. Skating is such a technically demanding sport, it takes years to become competent. However, even though he was a beginner, he was a male figure skater. Anyone in the skating or dancing world knows what that means. A good male skater or dancer is highly valued and is in great demand. And so, it was not surprising that from the moment we arrived, all the young female skaters would have definitely been aware of my son’s presence. It’s great for the ego! Continue reading “Sitting In the Stalls of Life”

The Energy Centres

One day, in my second year of ballroom dancing, I was dancing the Tango with one of my earlier teachers. Suddenly, I became aware of how active the chakra centres are in dancing. I refrained from mentioning this discovery to my then-teacher but only barely refrained. I had to remind myself that dancers are generally not spiritual students versed in the Eastern traditions. In the traditional ballroom holds, both bodies are touching or almost touching at numerous points and the hands are also touching. Combine the human hands and the chakra points of the individual and you have an open access for the flow of energy between two receptive people. Continue reading “The Energy Centres”