It’s True What They Say…about dance

I don’t know about you, but I can absolutely tell you that dancing has changed my life for the better.  I know too, that Marilyn Fordney, Founder and Director of Fordney Foundation feels the exact same way.  Hint:  that’s probably why we are here {:-).  All through my life I have used dancing as a tool in various ways to make me feel better about myself.  For sure, it is my number one form of exercise, that almost goes without saying.  I may do other exercise, but my heart belongs to dance.  It is also my first form of art that I expressed.  I live to create, and when I wanted to express myself, as far back, as a young child, it was always dancing that was the easiest way for me to express my emotions and it actually enabled my creativity.  Recently, I had an unfortunate circumstance take place, and I threw myself (back) into dance and I’m here to tell you, it’s done wonders for my mental health, my attitude, and my outlook.

Some people say, “oh well, you were probably born with some kind of dance or performance gene.”  While I can see some virtue in that statement, I will still encourage those of you out there, who have always wanted to dance but are too shy, afraid or think you’ll look “geeky,” to just do it.  Trust me, you might not catch on right away, but the exhilarating feeling of just moving your body will put a smile on your face and probably having you coming back for more!  You see, dancing is repetitive, and after you do it for awhile, it becomes easier and easier to do!  It’s that simple my friends.  If you think I’m kidding, just ask some of the 4th and 5th graders of Colfax Charter Elementary and Woodlake Elementary Community Charter Schools.  Last year the Fordney Foundation and Erica Arnold started a new school dance program called DREAM that afforded students the opportunity to learn to ballroom dance.  The response from our first year beginning dancers was a positive YES!  Not only did they love it, they wrote us 100’s of letters to attest to it, and guess what, we’re coming back to do it all over again starting this September!

Dancing is one of the best things about life, in all its forms, and to prove it to you, here are some reasons it is an international rage clear across the universe:  Dancers feel music and appreciate it more, dance releases tension, builds confidence and self body image, connects us on a higher mental and spiritual level, can be a source of income and career, connects us socially with others and makes us feel alive, promotes energy, while making us feel free, all at the same time.

Dancers can come in all shapes and sizes.  While dance can build muscle, it also has the tendency to build strong characters too.  So you can definitely stand out from the crowd, if you wanted to. Dance can often and does make strong statements that other forms of media could not get across!  That’s because visualization is so powerful.   Dance has a rich historical background and embraces all walks of life.

So my hesitant, would be dancers out there, just think about it, you will be in good company with some of the most famous people that ever walked (or should I say danced on the planet).  Where is it written that dancers, dancing or anything having to do with dance, has ever caused anything else but good, positive feelings on this earth!  Be part of this rich legacy!  I recommend dance for health and a beautiful life, it’s never too late!

Happy dancing,

Thought Of The Week:

Always speak how you feel and never sorry for being real.



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