Like Morrie, For Me Dancing is an Expression of Joy
If you read “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom, like millions have, you will know that Morrie loved to dance, and even explained that dance is the expression of joy.
I have never danced professionally, but I have to agree with Morrie’s assessment. Nothing makes me feel more free, more happy, more youthful and full of energy than a good dance session. For me, it is definitely an expression of complete and utter joyfulness. Dancing is exercise, so part of what I am feeling might just be endorphins, much like runners get – you know the “high” that physical activity can bring. (which is explained as a release of “feel good” opioid chemicals in the brain)
As I explained in this past blog, my dogs dance for joy as well, so it is not just humans.
For a long time, I have had “Dancing with the Stars” envy. What I would not give to get those kind of intense dance lessons and dance like they do on that show. I even dragged my husband to various venues to try group dance lessons (because private lessons are just too expensive) and none of them took. My husband was simply not into it, and I did not like having to dance with strange men, most of whom had severe body odor and very sweaty hands, and who were even more clumsy than my husband. (Ouch, my poor foot!)
My opportunities for dance are few and far between most of the time. I resisted joining a Zumba class – for those uninformed, it is the new workout to Latin music – only because it was too hot and crowded with limited parking. I bought a Zumba tape which I will do occasionally, but not nearly enough as I should. Yeah, it is a great workout, and it combines dance with exercise, but it would be more fun with others and I refuse to do it in a packed-liked-sardines facility. I am still searching for a reasonably priced and convenient Zumba session.
I have the occasional wedding, or other charity function occasion with a deejay or band. I use those opportunities to dance till I drop.
I also have been to many of Houston Natural Science Museum’s Mixers and Elixirs. They have great bands there and I dance and dance till my feet and middle aged body wear out. They are awesome events!
And during those times, I am as joyful as I can possibly be. It makes me feel like a kid, and I dance with abandon.
The other night, I was privileged to attend a charity function for the Stehlin Foundation. (A GREAT cause, check it out) The organizers flew out a band of ABBA impersonators to sing every song from the huge hit show, Mama Mia.
The dance floor was absolutely packed with joyful revelers dancing their hearts out to the infectious pop music of ABBA. The ages ranged from my age – to much older, to much younger.
As I surveyed the dance floor, I realized the power of music and dance to transform, energize, and change mood. I was among a bunch of very happy people and I could not have been happier myself.
So tell me the truth readers, do you ever, like I do, turn on some cheesy music that is good to dance to, like say Ricky Martin’s “Livin La Vida Loca” and dance around your house when no one is watching? Do you have “Dancing with the Stars” envy like me?