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Sail Away...on Dance

I know that I love music and dance more than anything, so oftentimes, I live in my head, on how to create my next dance move-ie with music I love, in these daunting times. Being a lover of dance and a hater of not being able to go out and dance with people (Zumba classes) whenever I want to or even go out and see all you wonderful ballroom dancers out there perform, it just spurs me on to become more inventive. Even though many parts of the world have opened up, where I live in California, it is not quite open for "entire" business yet. So, I dance on in my head, apply it to my feet, and look forward to better days where and when others get to join me!

Allow me to indulge you in one of my all time favorite songs and a well-known classic by the late, great, Bobby Darin, "Beyond the Sea." The reason I picked this song is because it is so visual and it allows the dancer to derive pleasure from their own interpretation and body language. You are allowed to be free and easy, as the music inspires you to do so! Ever notice, that when you love a song so much, you can play it over and over again.

I like to build my own happy-planet dance world. I encourage you to find hobbies, music, dance, etc. that moves you too. Bring out the joy and merriment that's been hidden away. You will find that when you are able to do these kinds of things, it keeps you refreshed and in a good mood. Also, using your mind to create what your body needs is the best meditation practice you can do. It allows us to have a deep spiritual connection within ourselves to cope with what the world throws at us.

We are a fortunate people because we already know the power and love of music and dance. I just want to remind you to let loose and celebrate your existence once in a while with a bit of free-abandonment and wild movement you made up yourself. You may become delighted at the child-like fun you created.

I just had to throw in this rendition of "Beyond the Sea" because these dancers were so smooth!

***We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado. We call these memorial contributions. Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner. Make a donation and give us their name. We have on our website a yellow brick road to engrave their name to a brick as a memorial to that person. This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

Thought of the Week:

A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the way to the limits of humanity or the limits of delight. Mysticism and exaggeration go together. - Milan Kundera, "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting"



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

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