I don’t know how much I’ve mentioned it, other than a few times, but the dance practice (and to some extent, spiritual practice) I identify with most is called “5 Rhythms.” I’m super lucky to live just a few miles from a studio that houses a 5 Rhythms practice, with several expert teachers and guest instructors who come from around the globe to our little burg.
The place I dance and, to a large extent, sweat and leap and study and pray, is Waves Studio, and it’s run by two phenomenal souls. I haven’t been going as often as I like due to schedule conflicts, but I did make it for the Sunday morning class called “Sweat Your Prayers” — for me, it’s 90 minutes of bliss in a congregation of dancers.
Afterward, I asked a friend of mine to take a few pictures of me in the studio as the crew was winding things down. There was no music playing, and I felt a little self-conscious, and I will consider hiring a professional photographer to take some photos of me that would be of a higher quality, but these did give me a glimpse of what I look like when I dance.
I’m a tiny bit afraid of these photos showing up somewhere as a form of ridicule, but when I feel that kind of fear, a fierce part of me takes over and wants to double dog dare myself to do it. So, here they are. And, as my daughter says, “I love everyone, I even love the bullies” — so anyone borrowing these photos in order to make fun — let it be known that you will be met with a fierce love that may alter forever your outlook on life.
There are two I especially like:
I’m a bit afraid that I look like Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn or one of the Ladies from the Ladies Auxiliary for the Classic Dance. Even so, that’s kind of awesome, in a way, too.
Oh, and a small milestone: WordPress tells me that I’ve reached more than 5,000 all-time views. So, enjoy the views!