The Dance for Myself
I close my eyes as my arms languish up in the air of their own accord. My hips glide – unfettered – to a beat that only I can hear. I am free, and unbridled. My darkened tresses tickle the small of my back as I throw my head back and twirl in sheer abandonment. A secretive smile plays upon my lips as I enjoy the feeling of dancing in the wild. It’s almost as if I have surrendered my conscious self to a higher power and entered into the body of a forgotten goddess. She guides me in my moves and I am happy in my temporary divinity.

Over the exotics beats of the bass, I hear a small giggle and realize that I had forgotten to close the door to my bedroom. My five-year-old smiles at me from the crack in the door and then runs away, presumably to tell daddy that he caught mommy dancing again while cleaning the house. I laugh in return and pretend to give chase before continuing on with the vacuuming.

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The Benefits of Dancing
Dancing has been part of the human race since the earliest of recorded times – and beyond. It is something that does not have to be taught to us. Within each person resides the ability to move to rhythm in a way that makes them feel good. Of course, there are particular dances that are more popular and thousands venture to learn them, but dancing in general does not need to be taught. It doesn’t matter if it is a beautiful couple waltzing across a polished dance floor or a mother tapping her foot while humming to an unknown tune. They are all forms of expression and are unique to each person.

So why have so many people stopped?

Dancing has so many benefits for both the mind and the body. It helps reduce weight and stress, increases flexibility, makes friends and improves romantic relationships. It also helps with muscle toning, flexibility, posture, balance, decreasing the probability of dementia, kinesthetic awareness, mood, and so much more.

Different Forms of Dancing
There is no way that I’ll be able to list all of the formal types of dances, but I’ll try to hit up some of the more popular forms. As I have stated before, formal dance is not a necessity. It is just a suggestion for those that want to try it out. I would love to try out formal dance (if I had more free time), but until I get the chance to do so I will happily dance in my own originally outrageous style. 

 Ballet, waltz, rhumba, barn dances, contras, Bollywood, breakdancing, square dancing, cat daddy, calypso, cheerleading, chicken dance, court dance, conga, cupid shuffle, disco, electric slide, fan dance, flamenco, foxtrot, freestyle, Gangnam style, Harlem shake, hand jive, hula, hustle, ice dancing, Irish dancing, interpretive dance, modern dance, jazz, Japanese traditional dance, crumping, Latin dance, line dance, Macarena, Persian dance, quick step, reggae, salsa, tango, and so much more.

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The Magic of Dancing
When I think of dancing in the past, I love to envision a gypsy fire at the beach on a warm summer night. The breeze is filled with the aromas of sea lavender and ocean air mixed with the exotic scent of the smoldering fire. A merry group of men and women sit around it with various instruments as a lone girl dances near the center. The shadows of her dance cast beautiful shapes across the revelers as she spins and laughs to the beat of the song. The dancing within this image conjures up happiness, sensuality, and comradery.

The same can be true about today’s society. Can you remember a time when you were at a dance club, family gathering, festival, etc. and just danced without caring what people thought? How did you feel?

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Special Ways to Dance
Everyone is different, but I would love to share some unique ways that I dance to add magic back into everyday life. I can’t explain it but it makes me feel amazing and I promise you, I am not that good of a dancer. I’m the girl that has been told on countless occasions to “stay in my box” and “keep it simple” for dancing. Regardless, I still love to dance. It is empowering and amazing.

IN THE KITCHEN
-Honestly, one of the most romantic things that I love to do is to cook a meal with some international music playing through my kitchen speakers. I will dance in my kitchen until my husband will come along and begin to waltz with me – or slow dance. Neither one of us has ever taken professional lessons but we get by with the general dance moves, and it feels amazing.

WHILE CLEANING
-As I have stated at the beginning of this blog, I will close the door sometimes to whatever room I am cleaning and start to dance my heart out. Usually I like to listen to Belly dance music on my headphones while I do this (Shakira rocks my Spotify list) but other times I’ll be blasting 80s Freestyle or something similar and upbeat. Not only does it make the cleaning more enjoyable, it also gives me a workout and an ego boost to boot.

WHILE WORKING OUT
-This is the same as cleaning except I usually will listen to fight songs and/or techno. I find that it keeps my heart rate up between reps and puts me in a great mood.

DANCING IN THE RAIN
-I don’t need music at all for this. I just like to dance in the rain, especially when it is one of those rare summer days where the water is warm and you feel like you are in your own little world. I have even pulled my son outside and danced with him in the rain on several occasions. So far he has not questioned my unique hobby and just joins in the revelry with laughter.

DANCING IN THE CAR
-Every so often, I’ll pull up to a stop light and hear music radiating from a car nearby. When the occupant(s) is(are) busting a move to a song that they love, I just can’t help but smile in happiness. I also love to sing my heart out while throwing up one hand and scooching my bum from left to right in my seat (while still following all of the driving laws, of course). It makes the car ride that much more entertaining and sets you up in a great mood for when the drive is over.

MINI GOALS
-It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Some of the coolest dances are those done in sheer happiness. The little dance we do while eating our favorite foods, the infamous signature dances done in football after a touchdown, and the dance of joy we do when something makes us particularly excited are all wonderful examples of the fun mini goal dances out there.


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In Conclusion
It doesn’t matter what your style is or how you do it, dancing is a magical thing that brightens the mood and transcends time. I definitely recommend making a CD, playlist, mix tape, radio station, etc. that is filled with wonderful songs that will get you grooving and keep it someplace for easy access on those days where you just need a little more to the day. Dancing is wonderful to watch and more amazing to do yourself (or with others). If you have other places/ideas for dancing, please share it because I am always looking for more wonderful examples on when to bust my moves.

“Dance is the hidden language of the Soul.” 
-Martha Graham

“I could not adequately describe the way dance makes me feel. It is as though I had somehow found a way to sever the chords holding me to earth and for a moment, if only a fraction of a second, I can fly.”
-unknown

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dances
http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/10409/1/Health-Benefits-of-Dance.html

 


Comments

I have a friend who really loves to dance. I asked her one time why she really loves to dance. She told me that when she dances, she is able to express every feeling she has. She is able to breath everything out, most especially the negative things. To her, dancing is something that will make your heart beats faster because of the joy that you feel when she is doing it. Well, I must say that I believed her because that's what I feel when I am singing.

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04/06/2017 4:17pm

As a dancer, I define dancing as expressing one's self. Yes, you'll know what does it mean or just imagine how hard it is for us to conceptualize and execute the routine. We've done for more than a thousand times for it to be perfect. Ever since I was a kid, I was really into dancing. Also, dancing is a perfect exercise routine. You'll have fun doing it while getting yourself healthy and away from stress. Shake those fats and the stress away!

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07/02/2017 6:58pm

Dancing has always been my passion. Whenever I am dancing, I feel like I am free. I forget all my worries and surroundings whenever I dance and all I can picture is that I am dancing in front of thousands of people who all came to watch me. I have big dreams for myself and one of them is to be able to dance in front of millions of people. I don't dream of this to brag about my talent. I want to be able to show people what I am passionate about and hopefully be able to inspire them by telling my story through dancing.

I used to feel insecure about dancing because I always thought that I am bad at it so I decided to stop. However, when I hear a song I can't help but dance to it and not give a care is someone will see me. I have realized that there are no rules that should be followed in dancing and that it is for everybody. It does not matter if a person does not know any moves for he can make them. Dancing provides joy to an individual for through it one releases tension from the body.

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Melissa Damon
06/12/2017 6:53pm

That is such a beautiful comment. There is nothing else I can say to add to it except "I feel the same way." ^_^

Melissa
03/02/2017 7:59am

I couldn't agree with you more and I love singing as well. Sometimes I feel like they can show the things that I have a tough time explaining in words. Thanks for the comment! ^_^

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03/07/2017 11:02pm

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Melissa
03/08/2017 6:04am

Thank you so much for your kind words! I truly believe dancing is something that can lift anyone's spirits and really wanted to share it with others. Thank you again.

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03/23/2017 1:23am

Dance for me is a conversation between body and soul especially if it is an interpretive dance. I know and I believe that all of us can dance because it is any movement together with the music. Dancing is my favorite kind of art because it allows us to express ourselves. Dancing is a fun thing to do especially with your friends. It can also be a good exercise in your body.

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Melissa Damon
04/04/2017 6:55am

I couldn't agree with you more. I love how you state that it is a conversation. I believe in that concept whole heartedly. Thank you for the comment. ^_^

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04/07/2017 2:45am

I am not good at dancing. But I guess it's never too late to start. Am I right?

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Melissa Damon
04/07/2017 6:42am

I was never formerly trained, but I still love to dance. That's the beauty of it! ^_^ Even though there are several types of formal dance (ballet, jazz, etc.), dancing is whatever you like and it is also what makes you feel good. There was a song done by Sting back in the 80s called "They Dance Alone" and it encompasses a lot of what I talk about in this article. The subjects in the song just dance.
Here are some of the lyrics:
"They're dancing with the missing
They're dancing with the dead
They dance with the invisible ones
Their anguish is unsaid
They're dancing with their fathers
They're dancing with their sons
They're dancing with their husbands
They dance alone, they dance alone."

There are dark parts to the lyrics, but the concept is that they just dance, and it is never too late to start. ^_^

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07/17/2017 8:06am

Dancing has always been my passion. Whenever I am dancing, I feel like I am free.I was never formerly trained, but I still love to dance.

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