Saturday, August 15, 2015

What Makes You Dance by Alicia Street

Even if you’ve got two left feet, you can’t deny that we all have moments when we feel like doing a Happy dance, a Cranky dance, or an I Wanna Kill That Jerk dance.
Or maybe the all too familiar Get Me Outta This Chair So I Can Remember What It Feels Like To Move My Body dance. Yeah, that one.
Sometimes when I work at the computer for too long my brain starts interrupting my train of thought with images of myself flying over treetops, running down a street or leaping across a stage.
We humans are not meant to be sedentary. In fact, a recent study scared the bananas out of many people because its findings said that even if you exercise an hour a day, if you sit the rest of the time you’re aging yourself prematurely. Some even say sitting is the new smoking.
But being one of those artsy sorts, what really gets me is the emotional need for expressive movement. Not just the old fight or flight catecholamine producing drive, but a more magical, shamanistic inner urge that’s been in our bones for a few thousand years. The kind that made dance a form of ritual as old as cave paintings, maybe older.

Are you always conscious of your body when it wants to move? And how do you handle it?
Here are a couple videos to get you in the mood. 

Alicia Street is a USA Today bestselling author and a Daphne du Maurier award-winner. A compulsive reader of every genre, she writes both sweet and steamy romance. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. You can connect with Alicia at her website or visit her on Facebook or Twitter.

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  1. I was born without rhythm. But today my dh and I got in our "floaty chairs" and went out onto our lake and paddled around--MY KIND OF SUMMER DANCING!

  2. I don't dance very well, but I do like dancing around the living room with my kids. I watch Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance - I love seeing all the different styles.

    1. I like every kind of dance, too, Susan. And dancing with kids--well, nothing can beat that.