Headed out last (rainy) Saturday night to a Winter Solstice Dance Party. It started out with some cleansing sage, writing out our intentions and lighting candles...then we danced. We danced sooo much. This little dance party was held at Studio A Dance in Silver Lake and hosted by Melissa and Shashona who were so awesome (energetic, kind, and encouraging) and so welcoming.
I have not danced in too long...and I have the two left feet and spastic arms to prove it. Somewhere in the middle I forget which is left and which is right...but it's okay. What I've learned in taking a lot of group classes is that no body really cares...most people are focusing on either the teacher or not running into their neighbor. (Side note: during one class my teacher was my neighbor and I nearly took him down.) If you are ever in a class and catch someone looking it's most likely that your doing something correctly (or gracefully) and that person wants to be like you. What I truly love about these group dance class/workouts is that once every so often I catch myself feeling on...like there is a moment where I actually get it and it's great. These moments are fleeting but when it's over I know I did something.
If you are reluctant to get out there and try a dance class, I get it...but believe me when I tell you that after the class you'll be a little more proud of yourself. Be kind to yourself. In an effort to be kind to myself, I'm going to find some dance classes I can take (that are a bit closer to me than driving out to LA...this is kind to myself because I'll spend less time in traffic).