When I turned 26, I celebrated my birthday by dancing. Being just 26, I did not have a lot of experience to draw from or many things that I had been doing for a long time. Things were changing all the time, I was living in San Francisco and every day was a brand new gift to unwrap. As I was eating dinner with some friends after the African Dance class and before going out clubbing, the conversation turned to whether there was anything, other than sleeping and eating that any of us had done consistently for more than 10 years.
I thought about it and came up with only one thing. In retrospect, my future and my past were colliding at that moment, but I did not realize this until a few years later. The one thing I had been doing pretty much every day since I was 16 years old was dancing. Sometimes this took the form of half an hour with Madonna’s Like a Virgin album, sometimes it was an African dance class, sometimes it was a combination of those two and a few hours of clubbing.
This felt really significant to me. Waking up at 5am so I could get my half hour in before work. Leaving boyfriends behind so that I could go to dance class. Ignoring come on’s on the dance floor so that I could PLEASE have my dance!!!!
I am on almost 30 years of dancing every day of my life. Since the Nia Technique came into my life, dance has taken on a more multi-dimensional feel, and even now, as I am writing, I am Dancing Through Life. It just gets bigger and bigger. Deepest gratitude to my body, for the music and for the dance. And thanks to all of you who share that with me!