|An Old Photo of Me with My Long Hair|
But this post is not about that. It is about the content of the snarky comment: the writer was asserting (anonymously, of course) that I am not a Real Dancer. That my age forbids that, first of all. That no one will ever take me seriously. That yogadance does not exist and that what I do is simply fun exercise.
This brings up a lot, doesn't it?
First, the term "Real Dancer." I have the soul of a dancer. Period. This person has also never seen me dance...but beyond that, I am a Real Dancer, because I dance every day; I take my dancing seriously and it is my Work in this World; I share that love with others. I could go on and on, but you, dear regular readers of Blisschick, don't need me to, because you come to this blog with open and loving hearts.
You know that the world's definitions of us are too limited, too small, and that we are way too shiny and grand to stay in those shoddy, cardboard boxes.
What constitutes a "REAL" anything? Writer? Painter? Singer? Yogi?
I will tell you what! Intention.
What intention do you bring to this world and your work here? I bring passion and joy and love and desire and need to my dancing. I must dance. Therefore, I am Dancer.
Fame and fortune are obviously the only things my snarky commenter thinks are important in this life.
For me, Dance is my Path -- physically, intellectually, creatively, and spiritually all at once.
Second, my age. Anna Halperin? Martha Graham? Gabrielle Roth? These women never stop and this list could go on forever. Humans increase in age and simultaneously increase in power.
I feel badly for people who use age as an excuse to avoid anything.
Third, YogaDance. I will no longer partake of this discussion after this post. One, dance was our first spiritual path once we were upright and walking. Two, therefore yoga was born of dance and not the other way around (yoga asanas are NOT that old). Dance is in every single human being ever born. Babies dance; toddlers dance. Third, my spiritual path is not the same as yours and STOP THINKING YOU CAN KNOW MY INSIDES.
Furthermore, YogaDance is about bringing a yogic level of mindfulness and breath to Dance, which has definitely been missing for most dancers. For example, watch this video about one of our important choreographers, and you will see that the dancers are rather mystified by his emphasis on breath and it is new to them to think that breath could inform movement!
I am so frustrated by know-it-alls. I am so frustrated by infighting in the freaking yoga world. I am so frustrated by angry people who just want everyone else to be as miserable as they are.
Snark? Cruelty? Anything but Love? You are not welcome here. You are Served Notice.