Still learning, trying, growing, making mistakes and sometimes starting all over again.
Sometimes people tell me that they could never learn to dance and I tell them
“I still can’t 😃”
and if they think I can ……
…….then they can as well”
The main requirement to be a good dance student is more about ‘passion’ and choosing a dance style with music that ‘touches your heart’. When you dance to music you truly love you dance differently with more intensity and passion.
It’s a lifelong learning journey where (for some of us anyway) we realise we have to go ‘back to basics’ …again ..and again… and again. Everyone progresses at different speeds and you must never compare or try to compete with anyone else. Your only measurement of success is yourself by looking back in time and observing your own progress.
Its the type of music you are always listening to even when you’re not dancing, so even during times of discouragement in progress, sometimes when your seemingly taking two step backwards … that love for the music will carry you through …..
in fact the music will not allow you to give up!
And because the music is the primary reason why I dance I can go to a Cuban Salsa party with DJ Elton Raton Mark Rabioso (my all time favourite Cuban Salsa DJ) in Brussel, Antwerp or Rotterdam and still enjoy myself without having one dance.
I soak up his incredible music playlist, the vibrant positive atmosphere observing dancers of all levels fully enjoying themselves. I love to watch many of the experienced dancers personal interpretation of the music in their spontaneous improvised dance movements and unique style of dancing.
As if to say “oh that is what this particular song, rhythm and melody means to you!”
I go with that mindset but alway end up with the icing on the cake ….. either someone accepts my request to dance or someone asks me for a dance. But because it’s primarily about the music I never get disappointed.
Even in the obscure world of Kizomba my main pleasure at present comes from listening to the music and watching experienced dancers in action.
And just a small note to existing dancers in these restrictive Corona times;
‘don’t let the lack of a dance partner destroy your passion. If you can learn to enjoy your passion ‘@home alone’ then the pleasure will be even greater when you can finally reconnect again in dance’.
So when you see all these Instagram posts of dancers performing solo routines just realise it’s all about reconnecting, that they are practicing and preparing for their future partner dance.
Maybe it’s just like finding love. ❤
Learn to fully love yourself first so that when you do finally find true love,
it will be better & stronger,
with a greater chance of long term success.