7 years ago today, I held my first creativity workshop, which essentially was the start of my business.
Back then, I’d started out as a women’s holistic health coach (shout out to my first mentor Alisa and floliving.com), and while I loved the work, I was also recognizing how something else in me was ready to be born.
Although I was terrified, I put a note out to all my contacts, letting them know that I was experimenting with something new…
a parable on the evolution of a creative idea:
The idea strikes. Gold! You’re inspired, excited, all feels possible.
Maybe you even tell a friend about it or announce it on Instagram.
And then you begin. You start creating.
You feel great for a bit, but then you hit a wall. It gets hard…
“This was a dumb idea. What was I thinking?”
I started to make dance videos in 2009 on my iPod mini. As someone who was dabbling with the idea of getting back into dance, the video platform was a fun outlet to play with.
To make dance videos alone in my room, it gave me the creative freedom I never had in my past traditional dance environments. Since I wasn’t up for the mental anguish that a dance classroom setting might cause (i.e. the risk of putting myself in a competitive environment where all the “real dancers” would judge me and I wouldn’t be able to keep up), I liked the idea of dancing on my own, but also having the option of an audience through whoever might see the dance video.
do I know if there can be a ballet world that doesn’t hurt women?
I consider the question as someone who spent her adolescence in the trenches of classical ballet training at the Joffrey in New York City, who quit at 19 years old before having direct professional experience, and who now teaches a bunch of adult beginner ballet classes in Brooklyn, while also being a coach and working on my own dance expression through videos and live performances…
For years after I quit dancing, I would pop into yoga classes on the regular and it felt pretty good in my body - similar to the full body experience that a dance class used to be for me.
But then something happened.
I started to get BORED.
poolside dance-video-making with a 10-year-old, lots of gluten filled foods, a few pina coladas, Jersey accents galore, pushing a wheelchair up and down the boardwalk, writing an instagram post influenced by my PMS, lots of sleep.
in-office dance facilitation for a group of women business owners, lots of flax seeds, a few matcha lattes, 3 networking events, many hours of focused work time, writing out new program content and this blog post, could use more sleep.
“there’s nothing to lose but the things we need to lose in order to get what we really want.”
This text message was sent by me to my friend in reference to a particular relationship situation, but I feel like it can apply to our creativity, too…
reclaim dance (and life) in your own way.
This book is about busting out of the boxes you’ve tried to fit yourself into. It’s about returning to dance in a way that frees you – no matter if it’s been days, months, years, or lifetimes since you last danced. It’s about self-invention, creative self-expression, and activating our bodies – all to facilitate positive change in this world.
You don’t have to be a “dancer” in the traditional sense to read this and benefit from it. All you need is the desire from within to revive your creative spark, to express yourself, and to connect to the innate power within your body.
Whatever your reasons for picking up this book, it’s here to remind you that you can dance, again and again and again. In the body you're in right now. Even if you’re “out of practice.” Even if you're way too busy.
Because dancing is for everyone.
Because dancing frees us.
Because dancing connects us.
Because dancing creates and transforms our world for the better.
And our world needs dancing now more than ever.