As dancers, you will one day be skilled enough to be able to lift your partner or be lifted by your partner in your dance routines and competitions. In order to be “that good,” it will require great strength, skill and the agility to be able to move with your partner in synchronization. There can be no lifts without two people working together to make it happen. Think how good you (will) feel when you do your first lift successfully. It is a great accomplishment. It will definitely be a good feeling and probably make your day.

It also feels good when we lift someone else’s spirit or even our own spirit. I remember many times in my life when I needed a ride to school, work or a social event. I used to stress out, hoping I could find a ride and not be late. As luck would have it, I somehow managed to make it, thanks to some kind person or relative coming through at the last moment, giving me a lift in their car. Of course, this is a literal experience of lift, but as you can see, still a positive one. The universe came through for me by lifting my spirits in more ways than one! I was very grateful.

Figuratively, if we not only look at “lift” as a dance term but in the bigger picture, as a way to up “lift” in everything we do, including our dance life, the outcome can be monumental. Whether you realize it or not, we all have an influence on one another. We are all here learning from each other, making our mark, doing our thing. But you are not here by yourself. You are part of a larger focus with everyone and everything. Connect and support wherever possible. Generosity and a gracious nature can lift you up farther than you can imagine. Be aware how really influential you are.

Rise to the occasion of life with balance and alignment. Create a positive stance in your outlook and watch it bring endless opportunities to your life. When we are moving forward with inspiration, understanding and compassion, we are automatically lifting to a higher plane.

I encourage you to lift – with your mind, body and heart – so you can truly receive all you can envision.

Thought Of The Week:

He who experiences the unity of life, sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self. -Buddha



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website