If you can't get rid of the
skeleton in your closet
you'd best take it out
and teach it
~George Bernard Shaw
I love to dance. No, I don't tango, rumba or samba, but when the occasion arises, a wedding, a party, a moment alone in my bathroom listening to ABBA, I find myself cutting a rug. Maybe it's a little rug, but a rug nonetheless!
I took tap for two years as a kid, ballet for maybe two years after that, and Belly Dance for a short time in the early 2000s. Belly Dance is extra fun, because you get to wear scarves that sparkle and jingle when you move. (Now the scarves are draped over a day bed!) I was never good at sticking with dance classes, but I like to fantasize occasionally about the "What if?"
One of my guilty pleasures is Dancing with the Stars, partly to watch people that aren't dancers learn how to dance. I then fantastize about whether I could do the steps or not. (When they do the splits, it's a resounding No.) Watching people learn to dance, is why I love one of my favorite movies of all time, Mad Hot Ballroom. If you haven't seen it, put it in your Netlix queue immediately! It's a documentary, but the most charming one, you will ever see.
Another lovely movie, along those lines of learning to dance, was the 1996 film, The Tango Lesson. And, the soundtrack is marvelous!
I love tango music! Listen to this lovely man, playing guitar, to get you in the mood for this post, and whatever else! ;)
After visiting the beautiful church of Sant'Ivo in Rome, last December, I wandered around the neighborhood, and out onto Piazza Navona. I felt like I'd stepped into an old, black and white, Italian film ...
Dancers on the Piazza, December 2013
Dancing is like taking mini vacation
from the stress of the everyday -
you have to be in the moment.
~Ofelia de La Valette
Great dancers are not great because of their technique,
they are great because of their passion.
To Watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.
~Hopi Indian saying
OH! And the trailer to my favorite doc!
If you can talk
you can sing
If you can walk
you can dance.
~A Zimbabwe proverb
Blessing, light and little dancing!
And if you can't get up and dance,
put on some music and tap your toes,
or fingers or whatever moves!
Have a wonderful week!