Inside the Mind of Isadora

Nurture Yourself – with Dance

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Just Dance …

Inside each of us is a dancer. There’s a part of us that responds freely to music. The music of life.

But, somewhere along the way we become guarded. Our fears restrict us and, eventually, we dismiss the gift we have of enjoying this freeing feeling.

Sometimes, it is too late to reach that child-like feeling that’s inside. We hold ourselves back because we feel awkward about our style of dancing or how we’ll look to others.

As a child, I remember that when people visited our home music would be playing and dancing would soon follow. My grandmother would grab whomever was closest to her and off they’ed go to spin and twirl. The first time she pulled me up to dance I felt silly. I had danced all the time by myself but never with a partner.

She told me, “Don’t be shy dancing makes you feel free.”

I did feel free.

Whenever I felt stress or needed to release nervous energy I’d dance.

I took classes with a friend who had a dance studio. There were days we danced for 8 or 9 hours straight. Later, I would teach dance. We went to DEA (Dance Educators of America) conventions and danced with Alvin Alley and  some of the great dancers in different fields during the convention (ie: tap, jazz, ballet modern dance; etc.). It was the most exhilarating feeling. The sound of hundreds of tap shoes pounding on a wooden floor is intoxicating. You want to do it again and again and again.

Make today the day you let you dance.

Whether it’s in the privacy of your home or at a park, stop and twirl, skip or hop, do the twist or click your heels. Don’t worry about what people will think.

Let yourself hear the music and be free.
Dance in your barefoot and feel the vibrations of the beat.

In that dance, breathe out your fears and breathe in the celebration, freedom, joy and love of you.

2015©isadoradelavega

 Maná – “Mi Verdad” a dueto con Shakira (Video Oficial)

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The person, who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.
 ~~~~ Leo F. Buscaglia ~~~~

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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

4 thoughts on “Nurture Yourself – with Dance

  1. I so enjoyed the video, Issy. Dancing isn’t something I grew up with, and I always feel a little self conscious when I get up to dance. Maybe if I tried it on my own at home, I’d get more of a feel for it. 🙂

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  2. I love to dance and did a few tap classes way back when. It must have been wonderful to have so much dance in your life. Lucky Shakira is surrounded by a gorgeous bunch of hunks in that video 🙂

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  3. Hi Isadora, I have no feeling for dancing, my parents never danced, and when I was teen my friends always made fun of me if I tried to dance. So dance is out of my range. I like to watch, of course, a beautiful ballet, waltz, tango, but of course only to watch never to do it. Maybe one day! Have a lovely weekend!

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  4. Weirdly I was telling a friend about how my mother twirled me around the living room after my first ballroom dancing lesson when I was 12. I had only learned basic steps and she laughed at my clumsy effort, so I never could relax and move to the music after that. I sent my daughter to ballet lessons, when she was 3, so that she would have the confidence to dance. My son, who was 7 at the time, saw her in a small performance and asked to go to tap lessons. He went on to take ballet, tap, modern, jazz, contemporary and character dance exams ~ ending up in West End musicals. I loved watching both of them perform, felt inexorably moved by the music and movement but have only recently felt free enough to dance around the house myself. It’s lovely to hear your story and I shall take your words of encouragement to heart! Thank you for a brilliant Nurturing post Issy! 🙂

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