In this blog I often write about serious situations. But I was thinking the other night, as I watched an old sitcom, that allowing ourselves to be dorky and silly is important too. To be able to feel the joy of dance without regard to what it looks like, to be able to let go and allow ourselves to expose what’s underneath—serious or silly—is a healing experience. To be irreverent, yet loving, to be joyful yet aware of the realities of life, to be in the moment and unafraid of what we might be revealing to others -- that’s what dance is, that’s what life is.
Certainly I have learned, and my life has been enriched by what I take from dance and from what dance gives me; by what the people I dance with, and the people that I love, give me; and by what I give, too.
Sometimes, though, all that’s needed is a little laughter.
So here’s a quote I was reminded of, in that old sitcom that I used to watch as a teenager and that still makes me laugh 39 years later -- the Clown’s Credo:
“A little song,
A little dance,
A little seltzer down your pants.”
~ Chuckles the Clown.