Once I came to a more centered place, spiritually and emotionally, I used some of the free time I had to gradually insert myself into movement. The offerings of online dance classes proved perfect for my situation. I did not have to use any extra efforts to get myself out of the house. Entering crowded freeways and streets with a hyperfocus on seizing a reasonable parking space was omitted. Instead, I felt reassured by the comfort of my home, knowing that if I needed to stop dancing, it would be okay. Virtual dance gave me the option to decide if I wanted to be seen or not, and all the classes at the time were offered for free or at a sliding scale, making them super affordable. These all served as advantages during my healing and recovery period.
Luckily, soon after the sheltering announcements, the dance world imploded with online classes. In this situation, I was grateful for the sense of urgency. Dance really stepped up to be seen and to be of support to the community. Through a launch into virtual dancing, dance teachers opened up to vulnerability as if they could sense what was needed.
I have much #gratitude to these dancers in particular for making their classes visible and accessible. For many reasons, including the description, schedule, and my trust in them, their classes attracted me. Thank you to #ChristineCali #DerrellSekou #JamesGraham #FullStopdance and #JeanAppolonExpressions for being my guided dance healers during this time. I appreciate you!
I know other dancers are also struggling with moving. We dance not because it may be our profession or because we love it. We move because it is an essential part of us, and along with that feeling comes the connection to our hearts, our souls, body, and mind. Dance grounds us in a way that other practices do not. If you are having a hard time getting up and moving, know that you are okay. Your inner being is doing what it needs to center and process. The urge to move will return, and when it does, trust what you are drawn to as your first dance re-entry experience. Virtual classes may provide a good option, perhaps you just want to boogie on your own, or wait until in-person classes are permissible again. Whatever you need, take your time, but eventually find your spirit and #keepdancing. My hope is that our dances in this time will, as usual, provide a more profound knowledge into who we are and keep us moving through all the challenges, including the current ones.
*this video is of me in my living room, shelter-in-place week 4, jamming to Damian Jr Gong Marley's forevermore.