Life of Dance

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“Life is Dance. Dance is Life.”

Coming out of a seven hour marathon of street jazz dance sessions followed by a long conversation about life, dance, and hopes for the future, there is a hesitant ring of truth in those words as I sound them out in my head. Hesitant because I don’t know where dance will lead me, or even what dance is, exactly. Hesitant because I don’t know where my place is in dance, or what I can do. True nonetheless, because Life is Dance.

It’s frightening to see something that you truly want, that resonates with your every cell, and calls to you, bleary eyed, in the middle of the night. It’s frightening to think that we might be able to do it.

I wonder what might happen if I pursued dance like so many of my friends are afraid to. Dance is our plan B, our plan C, some knock it down to plan Z, and we live our lives reaching, but never leaping.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about balance in life. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, a nine to five job, steady pay, a life of relative comfort. Being able to buy what I want. But all I want is a few very specific things, and I can’t buy them.

And one of them is Dance.

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  • George

    Oh man, I can completely concur with everything you said, except for the stuff about dance.

    • Then what's your passion?

      • George

        Whoops, I meant I can *relate* to everything you said not concur. For me personally can just replace “dance” with things like writing, music, and art.

  • sonicsuns

    Dance is good. Follow your dreams

  • You can dance. Check this guy out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAt7sawS8_4

    Like just because I get a job doesn't mean I can't play basketball at the local gym. It'll just be alot harder. But not impossible

    • Dude, that video was really sad. =(

      I feel like if I don't focus on dance, I'll get old, whereas my mind will always be malleable. In different ways, sure but I'll still be able to turn my mind to academic topics. How long will I be able to do a backflip? When I lose it, it'll be gone.

      So I'd prefer to have a job dancing! Or otherwise physically expressing. Or vocally/aurally expressing. I'd rather go way out of line, way out of the norm and pursue my inclinations than set myself on a safe course. As kids, my siblings and I thought “normal” was a diss. Normal is boring.

      For me today, this means that there are two ways to live. I can be normal or I can do everything and anything I want to do as long as I have food, shelter, and friends.

      • Maybe not black flips. But u can still do street jazz. And normal means living, means stable income. At least the best possible chance of it. We'd all do what we'd want if it had better chances of allowing us to survive. We're all just playing the percentages. College isn't fun, but percentagely it gives us the best chance of being able to support ourselves.

        • I have very few fears about being able to support myself. I'm pretty sure
          if I ever need a place to stay, my family or extended family would take me
          in, and even if not, I'm very low maintenance.

          Key word is support myself. If I had a girlfriend or serious relationship,
          things would definitely be different.

  • jerrycolonna

    sounds like the right path to happiness…a little of this, a little of that.

  • Maybe not black flips. But u can still do street jazz. And normal means living, means stable income. At least the best possible chance of it. We'd all do what we'd want if it had better chances of allowing us to survive. We're all just playing the percentages. College isn't fun, but percentagely it gives us the best chance of being able to support ourselves.

  • I have very few fears about being able to support myself. I'm pretty sure
    if I ever need a place to stay, my family or extended family would take me
    in, and even if not, I'm very low maintenance.

    Key word is support myself. If I had a girlfriend or serious relationship,
    things would definitely be different.