Sunday, April 5, 2009

Journey Dance



I had the most incredible dance experience this weekend. I attended a Journey Dance class. Wow. I have never felt more alive, free, and in touch with my body in my life. I danced for two hours! Yes, two hours!!! And yes, I could barely move the next day, but it was so worth it!

Journey Dance is the creation of dancer Toni Bergins. It is an experiential journey through movement and breath and play. It is not structured, in that there are no steps to be learned, but rather the instructor inspires the movement and creates the space for you to enjoy your own freeform dance. I cannot even put into words how much energy was coursing through my body during this class. I could hear myself. I could breathe myself. I could move from the stillest and most vibrant parts of my soul.

I have blogged about my inner dancer before. I was so happy to be able to unleash her in such an incredible way. I cannot say enough great stuff about this class. If you can find one near you, do it. It will change your life.

tall penguin

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am a friend of Rahul's.
It sounds like this teacher is able to get students to a state of "flow". are you familiar with this theory?
The guy has a name something like "Csizekmihali" and talks about a state that some people are able to reach when what theya re doing starts to just "flow" so naturally it seems to take no effort, is enjoyable, and they can continue to do it in an almost trace-like state. I always thought his example of dancing was the best to understand the concept.
goo

tall penguin said...

I am familiar with Csikszentmihalyi's work. And flow was definitely what I was experiencing. It was the most incredible feeling of bliss. I am grateful that I can access these states of flow and freedom. It does give me hope.