Dance your heart out

Celebrate National Dance Day with inspiring thoughts that make you want to get up, dance and feel alive.

I’ve learned all the moves from this dance routine featured in one of my favorite fitness DVDs. I’ve reached the point where it’s time to do the routine on tempo and just let it all out. The fitness choreographer/instructor said just do the best you can and keep moving. He cues the music and before the routine begins, he yells out, “LIVE!!! ARE YOU READY?!!!”

That got me going. Although I stayed on beat, I knew I wasn’t exactly the mirror image of the instructor and all the dancers. But that’s okay. Because I got my heart rate up, broke a sweat, burned a few calories and best of all, felt this sudden rush of energy throughout my body and brain. I danced my heart out and pretended like I was one of Beyoncé’s back-up dancers. And it felt great.

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”
― Martha Graham, American modern dancer and choreographer

When everybody’s on the dance floor free styling and they’re all calling you to join in on the fun, why say, “No thanks?”. Because you’re afraid of embarrassing yourself with your dorky dance moves in front of everyone? Instead of simply tapping your feet to the beat and just watching everyone have all the fun, get up, get out there, dance and do your own thing. Just like everyday life, you might surprise yourself and everyone else when you find out how good you really are and how fascinating it feels after you take that first step to overcome your fear of public speaking, learn how to ride a bike for the very first time, write the first draft of that novel you always wanted to write or, dance the “Stanky Legg.” If your heart feels the need to dance, set it free, let it live a full life, let it dance with passion.

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”
― Eckhart Tolle, Author, “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose”

What style of dance best describes your life? Does it have the swagger of hip hop? Is it sassy and jazzy or fun and carefree like a tap dance routine? Perhaps you have mastered the art of gliding effortlessly through life like a classy and elegant waltz? Remember, if life plays music you don’t want to dance to, let life follow your lead, let it dance YOUR style of dance, your music, your way. You don’t have to accept life’s invitation to join in a dance of despair, heartache, insecurities or frustration. You can turn around, let loose, and take off triumphantly with a grand jeté like a prima ballerina, high kick it like a Radio City Rockette, or tap dance and sing in the rain like Gene Kelly. Let life dance your dance.

“I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance. ”
― George Balanchine, choreographer, father of American ballet

Wanting to do something is simply an expression of interest. There’s no stopping you when you know you HAVE to do something, when there’s a sense of urgency, excitement, and fire in your soul. When days of your life are not complete without it, and it becomes just as important as breathing. It just wants to jump from within you and out of you. When you HAVE to dance is the moment you stop wishing and start doing the real work that matters. Life becomes fuller when you have a burning desire to complete yourself with what makes you whole—whether it’s rushing to the dance floor once you hear the music playing, singing your heart out in the car or in the shower, crossing the half marathon finish line, loving someone unconditionally, volunteering your time to make a difference in your community, or doing your part to make the world a better place to live.

In celebration of National Dance Day, step out, take a chance, follow where your spirit is taking you, let loose, set your heart and soul free, and let go of your insecurities.

Keep dancing through life. One beat at a time, one step at a time. Go ahead—swing, sway, tap, pop and lock, glide or leap. Just get up, dance, take a deep breath, then yell, “LIVE!!! ARE YOU READY?!!!”.


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