Stillness is all around; total and complete silence. I cannot deny the emotions rushing through me and I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders. It’s been a long day. I try and speak, but words fail me. Frustration ensues. I feel trapped, and then… the music begins. Suddenly a voice deep inside calls out to me and I obey.
The music slips its hands around my waist as if it were my partner –it pulls me in deeper, bending my body back and forth, side to side. I cannot resist it. I breathe in worry, and I exhale peace. As the music crescendos I begin to spin, each time letting go of a different fear and before I know it, I feel an awakening in my soul. And so I dance. I dance with the music. I let go of the world I know to enter a world where no harm can come to me- no worry, no fear. Nothing. There is only joy. There is only movement. There is only the music and I, just the two of us. I am finally free and I know that if I could dance with the music forever, move as if we were one, forever, I could truly be happy forever.
Movement creates intimacy and connects me to the world around me. Dancing allows me to connect to a part of myself that often lies dormant. It allows the movement of both my muscles and of my soul. It allows me to express emotions without words. Whether ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, swing, or any kind of dance, it is the music that wakes me up, beckons me to move with it, and allows me to expose our depths. There is always something new to experience when I dance. It never disappoints, never falls short, and it never makes me hold back. I dance because I need to let it out. I dance because I need to feel connected to something intricate and beyond me. I dance not only because I want to, but also because I have to. It is part of me and there is no denying that I feel like exactly whom I am supposed to be when I dance.
Dance is a deep well of joy. Each time I dance, I draw from the well and it fills me up. It gives life a rhythm and it is intoxicating. It is an activity and passion that involves the mind, heart, body, and soul. It can even be a spiritual experience, putting everything in its’ place. While it lengths your muscles, it also lengthens you and who you are. Adding depth, perspective, and cadence to your life. Through all the woes of life that fade in and out, it can all be isolated through movement. Let go, my soul, and let the music wash it all away. Let go, my soul, and let the music move you. Let go, my soul, and dance.
Author: Anna Rcollins – Photographer: Gabi Moisa (Fotolia.com) – Publisher: samyTRADING