And no, we don’t have to dance ourselves into a blurry frenzy!
The dance emerges from the walking and is often an expansion of movement. An inner response to the stimulus of the music, an invitation to stretch out and extend the movement of the walking. The breath shifts and often our energy rises.
We travel in a different way to walking. It may still be gentle or become vigorous. Yesterday we had a fast drumming piece in the second cycle. For some dancers this was a chance to really shake loose and release energy. For others this was a time to pick a different layer of the rhythm and play with this gently.
One of the attractions of Sit-Walk-Dance is that it can be done by any age group. It encourages and allows for each class to be different to the week before. This might be influenced by how someone is feeling or the state of their body or mind. Other times it is the music that may prove the catalyst for a different experience.
For those new to ‘dancing’ Sit-Walk-Dance is a pathway. Most of us can give sitting a go and we can walk, not necessarily consciously with ease. Dancing is the next extension of ourselves as movers and the music helps invite us into the dance.
One of the movers yesterday reported being right out of her comfort zone and yet she participated through the hour anyway. Afterwards she felt relieved and peaceful, and yes … ready to come back next week.
If you have time to chatter
If you have time to read
Walk in to mountain, desert and ocean
If you have time to walk
Sing songs and dance
If you have time to dance
Sit quietly, you Happy Lucky Idiot. (Nanao Sakaki)