Lately, I’ve realized something awful — I stopped dancing. I used to love to dance. Just put on the music at home and let the beat sing in my veins and move. Just let go. I don’t know what happened or when I stopped dancing—did I become self-conscious? I can’t remember the last time I put the music on loud and danced.
These days if I put the music on loud, it’s mostly when I’m doing chores. I think it helps me get through my chores (I could get a prize for procrastination) if I’ve got music in the background and of course, you can hear me belting it out loud. My neighbors probably wonder who’s the cat screaming next door.
What is it about music that it lifts us from our mundane lives and makes us feel like we’re in a vid where we’re our own rock star? If there’s anything that comes even close to magic, it’s music. The people who create music from notes and instruments, from their voice—those artists, they’re the magicians.
And dance? That’s another art that has the power to make us feel like we’re more. There is such joy in dancing. Such fun.
After my epiphany (how I wasn’t dancing anymore), I decided to make a more conscious effort this time and try some dance choreographies. You’ve heard of 1MILLION DANCE STUDIO? You must have. They have an amazing channel on youtube and their dance choreographies are pretty awesome, especially Junsun Yoo. They’re based in Seoul, South Korea (too bad for me. If I was living in Seoul, South Korea, I’d be camping on their doorstep).
Even though I love dancing, I’ve never gone far enough to try to learn a choreography and actually learn some cool dance moves. I thought what’s a better way to get back to dancing than to learn a cool choreography, especially of your favorite songs?
So, I rolled back my sleeves and did my first practice session. I’m trying to learn one of the beginner choreographies, after warming up and everything. Holy Mother of God. Did I say I loved dancing? My body’s like a block of wood. My movements, awkward. Pinocchio has nothing on me. I’m like a wooden puppet pulled by strings.
I don’t remember dancing being so hard.
But when I got through the first hour (yes, you heard me—it took me an hour to learn the first 10 steps—and this is Beginners’ dancing), I did feel a change. My body wasn’t as wooden as when I first started. I don’t know yet if I’ll ever get back to when my body felt so loose when I was dancing but at least, I’m trying.Music and Dance are two of the best creations in the world. I believe that even as we grow older, we should keep singing, keep dancing, no matter what’s happening in our lives. Our problems will still be there but what will change is Us. We’ll be better for it, stronger. Our bodies looser, stress-free. Our minds, lighter. Isn’t that worth something?