I am interested in how dancing connects us with others, such as when dark dancing provided a community for dancers during the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, dancing with others can also inhibit us, especially when we fear that others see us as bad dancers out on the dance floor. Today,… Continue reading Dancing Alone
Does the fear of being a bad dancer have an effect on your dance morale, and what do you do about it?
I love this dancing video, have watched it a few times, and it provided moments of cheer. I won’t belabor the point but physio is boring and painful. That’s not exactly news. But wow, I’m doing a lot of it and I’m needing to remind myself why. Why did I have knee replacement surgery anyway?… Continue reading Sam dreams of dancing
So while physio pretty much always begins with painful mobility work, it doesn’t always end that way. Sometimes it ends with dancing to Lizzo. I was thinking about physio the other day and how I keep going back even though it’s pretty tough going. Lately we’ve been working on leg extension and getting my leg… Continue reading Dancing to Lizzo, or physio isn’t all pain and suffering
An overview of dark dancing via Zoom
I just got back from a long-awaited photography tour of Ireland for a couple of weeks and there were so many memorable moments with new friends and beautiful places. But one stand-out experience that delivered an unexpected blast of sheer joy for all concerned was an Irish dance class in Galway, taught by Siobhan, who… Continue reading Guaranteed fun: Irish dance class in Galway
Sam, Cate and Susan have all written about their dance experiences in the 80s, something I managed to meet almost entirely (though I did own a copy of a Jane Fond workout book that I never used). Weirdly, I did rather enjoy those high school girls-only gym classes in the 70s, where we learned folk… Continue reading Dancing as a Cultural Experience
Today I posted on Twitter. And then Pandemic Dark Dance posted to Facebook, “Tomorrow Night… Hopefully the last online Pandemidarkdance for a long while. I fully expect all 600-some members to login for it. We can’t take 600 requests, but we can take a few. You got any? Next Thursday (17th) we’ll be back in… Continue reading Moving back into the world but who are we leaving behind?
This weekend in New England, fall is letting us know it’s here. But it’s doing so gently and nicely. We’re enjoying blue skies and autumn sun and delightful daytime temps (low-mid 70s/22–24C), with sweater and jacket temps at night. Friday evening I went to a bookclub backyard birthday party for my friend Lisa. There was… Continue reading Catherine’s spontaneous backyard dance party weekend
Ages ago, I wrote about how much fun I had being gloriously awful at a Nia dance class with my friend Elaine. I’ve done Nia lots of times since and I’m still a pretty goofy dancer but I have a grand time thanks to the atmosphere that Elaine creates. Since I trust Elaine to ease… Continue reading Team Hennebury & the ‘Ageless Grace’ Class