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Dancing with joy

Since my dance drama Thursday eve, I have been looking for a recipe, or SWAT analysis, anything feasible that would help me to find more joy in dancing and ultimately to remember that dancing is the aim.

Funnily, while looking and making lists of what I am good at as a dancer (e.g. remembering routines) and grids of what areas I am good at and which ones I would like to improve in in which dance (Bachata: being playful, e.g.; Salsa: turns, not shifting my centre), I have come to realize several things.

Firstly, that to find joy in dancing again, I need the feeling that I get better. Just showing up for class and generally learning new things is not enough anymore in the dances I have already started 1.5 years ago. It is obvious I feel the need to develop as a dancer in these dances. Thus I would like to try to focus on my beforementioned weaknesses and hope to improve these, attending courses on my current level (not aiming for higher ones) and really more workshops from now on, as these often concentrate on special topics and dive deeper in techniques.

Secondly, of course, I am curious about my first Tango lesson this Sunday, and I always enjoy trying out new dances. It is impossible to dance every one in the world, but I like it to tap into a new one every once in a while. Furthermore starting something new always is a thrill and brings joy and laughter with it.

Thirdly and lastly, I have the feeling I need to be more self-confident as a female dancer, yet when dancing with a partner, I am often very focused on the routine and our harmony, so there sadly is little time for me. Therefore I have started researching lady styling classes (classes only for women, where you practise dancing turns and armstyling and stuff on your own without a partner to lead). I would like to dance my way no matter who I dance with, and maybe focussing on the way I move will help. I am nervous and curious to see how this works out- courses start in September.

Thankfully, what has become abundantly clear to me during my dance ponderings, is: how I define success is up to me. It was difficult to analyse my strengths and weaknesses as a dancer, yet incredibly helpful for me to see what I already can do and be proud of πŸ™‚πŸ˜. Moreover, I noticed that I am already successful, in living the life I want to and filling with it activities that bring me joy and also challenge me. Doing something I love is mindful, which I aim for, for myself. Having fun doing it, is time well spent. My individual improvement is a small victory nobody sees but me.

And all that is enough to make me smile and look forward to the next time I dance. β˜€πŸ™‚β˜€

What I remind myself of before dancing:
– this is for me
– dancing is the aim

Author: carasmelody

daydreamer, hopelessly hopeful, I love the power of words, I love poems, words are soulfood

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