Holy crap. My friend convinced me to go to her Zumba class with her, and it was AWESOME. It's been a while since I've danced, and I forgot how much I love it. The entire class is basically just various routines to different songs. It was funny--at the end of class, the instructor said to me, "I can tell you used to dance, because you did great, and you were smiling the whole time. I could tell you were totally in your element." And then I beamed, and I thought, "Yes, I totally was in my element. I was HAPPY."
Dancing is a natural high. Dancing--at least for girls--is sensual, it's sexy, it's fun, it's spiritual, it's confidence, and it's endorphins…and "endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don't shoot their husbands." More importantly, it's something you do for yourself.
I remember in one of my belly dancing classes, the instructor gave a little history on belly dancing. This was a particular kind, and I forget what kind, so it may or may not apply to all belly dancing. Anyways…she said that the women who used to do this belly dance did so only with each other (no men), because it was something they did for themselves, something spiritual and sensual that they did for themselves. I thought that was such an important element to share, because when you dance you're in control of your body and the sensuality you exhume from dance, every emotion you exhume from dance, is personal. For me, dance is everything I've already said. And it's personal. It brings me back to me.
As I was in class, like the instructor said, I was totally in my element. I was in my zone--my happy zone, and suddenly all the stress that had built up this week was melting away. It was being danced away. With every step, every kick, every sway of my hip, and turn, my blues just blew away.
And now I understand the Zumba craze. People used to tell me that Zumba was Turbo Fire's competitor, and since I did Turbo Fire I didn't do Zumba. But I'm going to have to say that that's a whole lot of Bob Snottsy. They are not the same at all.
In any case, I think everyone should do a lot more dancing in their lives. Maybe we'd all be a little happier :)
BIG LOVE & HUGS