If you ask in a class of day care how many can dance, all hands would go up. After five years, when you ask the same class the same questions, in all probability, just two or three hands would go up! While in day care, they enjoyed tapping their feet and shaking their body, as they grew up, they learnt that dancing was much more. Some picked up steps faster, some moved gracefully, some were praised for their nimble moves and the rest were ridiculed.
Hence, as youngsters we all must have danced in mirth, oblivious to who laughed, who guffawed. But soon, with increased awareness, we became conscious and at last stopped dancing and even forgot to dance!
If you want to reignite your long lost childhood passion to dance freely and joyously, now is the time. While enrolling for dance lessons can be exciting, you could safely dance to any tune even within the confines of your home. You may hesitate to sing loudly if all you can produce is the croaking of a frog, but if you want to dance, you can do so with just music in the background, after all you can hide behind drapes if you don’t want neighbors to watch you dance!
So what are you waiting for? Select the music you want. Select something that is rhythmic, not too loud and with lilting lyrics. Move your limbs, torso to the left and to the right. Sway to the music, gyrating your hips in gay abandon. If you have a baby or a pre-schooler at home, grab the little one and dance with him/her. Do you recall the nursery poem, “Teddy bear Teddy Bear turn around’? The rhyme is well worth a try, as you touch the ground, look to your left, right, turn around and perform a whole lot of simple exercise! When you dance to the tune of lilting numbers, these vibrations create your cells to vibrate in a certain frequency. It also enhances alertness in children.
There are a number of options to choose from. Zumba classes, salsa, contemporary, classical and many more. If you prefer yoga, you could put on chants set to music and hold poses for a brief one minute or perform poses like a dance. If you prefer pilates or tai qi, put on suitable music on the YouTube. Dance using poses or tai qi steps. Instead of breaking actions, continue steps to form a dance pattern.
If you have been trained in classical dance forms like ballet, you could practice it regularly. Devise your own steps.
It Takes Two To Tango
Why not dance with your partner? Devise steps mutually. Don’t wait to dance only on the dance floor at pubs or parties. Pack the kids to bed. Dim the lights, put on your favorite music, perhaps a romantic number and hold your partner close and dance. It helps in bonding as well as keeps you physically and mentally fit.
Benefits Of Dancing
Dancing is akin to exercising, with the added benefit of swaying rhythmically to uplifting numbers. It greases joints and helps you breathe well. Closed pores open up when you sweat. Bending, stretching, clapping, tapping all generate qi. It removes you from the rut and gives a new impetus to your thoughts. You become less self-conscious; more alert.