Welcome to the first Blog of Dance Expression. For this first Dancing Through Winter, we contemplated whether to write about a specific topic, something on Bollywood Dance, or perhaps Bharatnatyam – maybe even Kathak classes but then we thought, no, let’s start with what we believe. It seemed appropriate given the time of year and what it represents.
January is considered a transition month. It signifies a point of remarkable change compared to any other month. It is the time we evaluate what we set out to do and hash out a plan for the coming year. We celebrate the accomplishments within us and our communities. January is a month of goal setting, and we begin to think about what’s next; should we begin something new, or do we continue our path?
At Dance Expression, we know that dancing transitions everyone. We also know that we all dance every moment of every day, be it figuratively or metaphorically. It could be taking a Bollywood dance class, or it could be verbal dancing as you navigate your way through a conversation. Maybe it’s watching your child waddle across the room learning how to walk. Regardless of what it is we know the space between the start and finish is where the dance happens and that is the transition. It seems daunting yet magical. It can be challenging but it is also magical. There is a time when things make sense, and you can dare to dream.
Dare to Dream
Have you ever watched someone create a moment that gives you butterflies? Maybe it’s that couple who did Bollywood with flow, passion, and connection that made it seem as if they are one with each other, the music and you. Maybe it’s the performer who seems to fly with an emotional energy and purpose that transcends their body. Maybe it’s simply thinking that tomorrow you will be better than today. We believe that everyone should dare to dream as big as possible. Who knows what you will achieve? The beauty is that your dreams are uniquely yours and only yours. You can share them; you can plan to achieve them through the help of others. But they are yours. No one else can judge or have a comment about them because they belong to you. We believe and truly encourage everyone to dream with passion and if possible, bring that passion to life every day. Our favorite thing is to inspire because you inspire us.
When you step into that dream; when you navigate through that transition, you transform. We see it every day with every single person who comes through our studio doors regardless of age or gender. There is something that happens and maybe it’s as simple as watching someone feeling at home and in an environment where it is safe to let go and express whatever is going on with their day at that moment. It’s the most incredible thing and it is recognizable. A woman who starts to realize her body can move gracefully; a teen who sees that he or she is becoming an adult; a child who does their first spin and discovers balance; a man who moves in a newfound confidence and grace. What we believe is that dance classes are more than just dance classes. They are a discovery, an exchange, and a community. They are personal but they are shared. You discover your vulnerability but also your strength. We believe everyone should enjoy the dance and embrace the transformation.
So, this January; we hope you dance full on, full out and often in whatever way you choose. But most of all, we wish you joy and best wishes for a BIG 2022!