When dance is a part of life there’s something special going on.
In the words of Baz Luhrmann, Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)
“Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.. Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.”
The dancing shoes shown in the picture are my own, sporting a few scuffs from the delightful activity of dancing. Did you spot the undeniably fabulous sparkly band across the toe? Go on, take another peek!
Dipping in to Dance
As part of our immersion into French life when we moved here, Chris and I began dance lessons twice a week. Great exercise, fantastic for improving general balance and enormously fun. It also offered a whole new dimension on language acquisition as we were the only English speaking students.
Firstly, of course, the instructress was French. She was inspirational – boy oh boy could she move.
Secondly, the call to “décalez-vous” every five minutes meant moving round a place to dance with the next person in the circle! When you learn to dance, it’s good to be able to do so with someone you’re unused to. It’s a versatility thing.
Oh so very much more than just dipping your toe into French life!
Dance for Health
I love to dance. I can’t help but dance when the music starts. Some tunes appeal more than others, but I find a good rhythm irresistible.
If I’m feeling off colour or just a bit down, dancing gathers up the endorphins and helps me on the road to recovery. Really, it does.
Also, as the master of my own jewellery workshop, I can get up and dance whenever the impulse takes me! Mercifully, I’ve spared you a photo of that.
Dance with Life
We all express ourselves in different ways. Dancing is one of my favourites. Making compasses is another.