So dancing is just about my favorite thing to do in the whole wide world.
I am one of those folks with an exceptionally over-active imagination, so sometimes being stuck in my own head can be an exhausting experience; so far, dance is the only activity I've ever found that can shut my mind up and allow me to just "be."
In case you were wondering, I'm no ballerina. Hip-hop is the only language I speak. I started taking classes when I was about 15, and fell madly, completely, head-over-heels in love. I was on a dance team shortly thereafter, and eventually became a company member at a hip-hop studio, performing competitively and dancing every day of the week. I even got to perform in the Orange Bowl halftime show. I loved every second of it. And I miss the formal training like crazy.
I still dance constantly on my own, but I really wish I had great classes to go to. My biggest weakness in dance is choreography - I can learn anything you throw at me, and fast, but trying to come up with my own moves for an entire song?
Yikes. I totally stink.
So in a challenge to myself, I've started (today) seriously choreographing for the first time in my life. I mentioned in a previous post that I'll be modeling for Dr. Sketchy's, an alternative art school, in November. Basically, I get to sit around wearing amazing costumes and people draw me for a few hours. I'm pretty excited about it. Traditionally, part of the evening includes some kind of entertainment from the night's model, so I am dusting off my performing shoes and getting ready to dance like no one's watching.
True confession: in all my years of dance, I have never performed solo in front of a crowd. In groups, absolutely. Solo, not even once. So I'm really nervous, especially since it will be with my own choreography (which I'm deeply suspicious might totally suck.) But today, I found a song that stirs me up so much that I've been poppin' and lockin' in my car (while driving) all day long. It makes me want to move so badly that it gives me chills - which I think is a sign that it's the perfect performance song. Where will it take me? No one can tell... ;)