Tuesday, May 17, 2011

shimmy shimmy, or whatever

Free thought is tied to a free body. I had a post last year about shaking off a creative block with dance. I'm not talking about being a trained dancer -I'm talking about moving your body around because you feel like you should.

I'm not talking about Yoga (at the moment)- I'm talking about reaching up and out when you wake to the day because you feel like you should.

A friend posted a video a while ago which I was immediately drawn to.

I was shown the video again a week or so later. Now there were a number of parodies as suggested viewing on you tube. I was struck by how uncomfortable people were with the movement. They didn't know how to digest what they had seen. This illustrated to me yet again how our thoughts are tied to our body. When traditional choreography is presented it offers a framework that makes it palatable, but just feeling it - man, that can knock people over. Hhhmmm. Did you know renaissance woman, Dr. Maya Angelou studied modern dance with Martha Graham? I'm not surprised.

"Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances."
-Maya Angelou

"Those who dance are considered insane by those who can’t hear the music."-George Carlin

"The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing"-James Brown

"I should not believe in a God who does not dance." -Friedrich Nietzsche

"Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself." -Havelock Ellis

Well, maybe you're not one to get up and shake it, at least tap your toes and smile. The worst that can happen is getting mistaken for a rebel....and from the looks of it that's pretty good company.


  1. Hmmm... is right! I just got back from a weekend music festival where people of all ages danced together. From toddler to grandma. It was WONDERFUL! I love to dance even, if I'm the only 50 something year old on the floor. It's freeing and just plain old (no pun intended) fun!

  2. There is nothing that makes me feel better than to crank up the music and let go.



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