Monday, February 21, 2011

Things I love. (21)

I love dancing. I have a theory that dancing is complete freedom, something that people always say when tearing up on "So You Think You Can Dance" about how dancing defines them. Oh! how I believe them. Ever since Leanne Womack's "I Hope You Dance" came out, I wanted to dance and dance and dance.

While dancing, I love the feeling of rhythm, the feeling of exhaustion, the refusal to leave the dance floor because the song being played is so fantastic. And then refusing with the next song because it is equally fantastic. I love the way your body collapses once you leave the dance-floor, tired beyond tired and wanting nothing more than rest - all the while knowing that in another 5 minutes you'll be back on the dance floor for more - where, just as before, you will mouth along to all the songs you know and dance to the one's you don't (mostly those from Europe) until you've figured out the words.

I hate how the morning after your ears are not quite right. They ringringringringring. But this is a case of when the means totally justify the ends.

Also, ballroom dancing is a total joy.


  1. Neal, you've just described me, in my twenties and early thirties. I lived to dance. Literally. Nothing made me happier than to spend an evening in a club and dance the entire night away. I'd get home drenched and exhausted. This was also back in the day when smoking was still allowed. As I panted on the floor, I'd take in great gulps of air filled with cigarette smoke. The following day, not only did I still have the ringing in my head, but also I'd cough a lot too. All that second hand smoke really got to me. I sure hope I don't regret it in the future. Was it worth it? I suppose it was. There's nothing like dancing to the beat of music that takes over your body and fills your spirit. Nothing at all.
    Great post. On dancing, you and I agree. (On soccer, and other competition sports, not so much.)

  2. Dancing for me, is a way to let my soul out and breathe. It's so wonderful, and even though you're so absolutely exhausted, it's beyond amazing!

    Thanks for this Neal!