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I dance every day and have for a couple of years. Mostly by myself and sometimes with others when someone is game.

I find it at times as helpful and therapeutic as my meditation but more than anything it let's me feel connected and free. I highly recommend it. I won't stop this rutine til the day I die.

asked 24 Mar '11, 16:04

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I won't answer to your question directly, instead I will tell a story :

I was, some years ago, really pleased to ear the lyrics of the song "Wear sunscreen" (by Baz Luhrmann). The origin of the lyrics of this song is a story on his own.

I copy the text hereunder :

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you Sing Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours. Floss Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself. Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how. Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements. Stretch Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone. Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…what ever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.. Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room. Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them. Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly. Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future. Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you should hold on.

Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young. Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel. Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders. Respect your elders. Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out. Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85. Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth. But trust me on the sunscreen…

I was questioning about this sentence, (in bold here above) , ordering us to dance. I was wondering if there was something that I didn't get until now in the act of dancing. I liked the song, and each time I listened to it, this question get back into my mind . A couple of years later, my wife started to take part of a weekly dance group, practicing what is called the "Dance of the 5 rhythms" (It's a "free natural dance", to be short)

Since then I can tell you that dancing is important, and that, yes we don't dance enough.

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answered 25 Mar '11, 13:01

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I enjoyed reading the lyrics so much! thank you Pierre!

(25 Mar '11, 13:59) daniele

Simply wonderful Pierre :)

(25 Mar '11, 18:28) you

Yes,yes! and yes!

I've never had any kind of dance training, however something in me just loves moving to music.... don't know if maybe I was a dancer in a past life or if I'm just in touch with a natural part of my being. It just feels right and moving to the rhythm requires no effort. And you are so right Michael, it seems to be therapeutic and is definitely liberating. Dance on!

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answered 24 Mar '11, 18:04

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It feels so good! A great way to quickly raise your vibration!

(24 Mar '11, 18:31) you

Not only do I like to dance, but I have a need to dance! Almost daily, sometimes few times a day.I mainly belly dance because I find its music and dance moves compatible with my rythm. But any dance is fine. My husband wouldn't move for the world, so I learned long ago to dance at home, sometimes with the kids because he is very sensitive when it comes to me dancing with anyone else. It is truly a time to rejoyce!

thank you, namaste

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answered 25 Mar '11, 14:08

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