DANCE TILL YOU DROP!!!!! I just cant,,I Just cant, I just cant control my feet….
There are many international languages, that do not require a word for the message to be conveyed. Music, money, dance, sport, art and many others have such languages. Dance in particular has been a language I have spoken internationally, for many years. And boy oh boy, isn’t it a powerful and unifying language? Dancing to music, dancing to rain, dancing to wind and to waves, dancing with children, dancing to relax, dancing for fitness, dancing to silence, dancing to celebrate but most importantly dancing to spread love.
Just recently, on a work-related training, we were saved by the dance. After a high-pressure week and having to meet very strict deadlines, there were many misplaced nerves, resulting into minor disagreements. Up until music was played on the finale night and the whole team ‘ banjukad’ as if there was no yesterday and no tomorrow. The DJ carefully selecting music from all the countries in representation, seemed to tickle the ‘lets forget the past and shaky leggy’ nerves. I promise you that night did ten times more to team spirit, than the whole week had attempted to. (Haha… on your face week!!)
Still on the same night, the hotel manager decided, lets have a dance competition, and the idea was to copy exactly what he did and do it better, most screams win. Now, to she who gaveth birth two years ago, and nevereth danceth in almost 3 years, sheepishly joined the competition. My knees were already on fire after dancing to ‘SURA YAKO MUZURI MAMA’- for hours, since the DJ seems to have it an auto-repeat- rewind selector! Lol, anyway I somehow managed to squeeze into position 1 (this is me trying to be humble) and won a complementary night for 2!! I am yet to redeem it though,,,,everyone already feels they should be the plus one,,,haha,,,Kenyans,, SMH,,HAHA!!This was one of my few dancecapdes of recent times.
Sometimes I miss my University days, where I skipped to my loop almost every other weekend, and my knees would still hold my weight the following week. #goodoldays…lol…says the girl who has lived forever!! IN HEELS NO LESS!! HOW?!!!!! And my days at Juja Senior School, where we really danced,,as in really danced, with our OUR HANDS UP-FOR THE REAL WARRIOR. And my dance crew- DCF dance at daystar, le sigh! 🙂 And then to mums night out, where a couple of mum friends and I just went wild a whole night, and had such fun!
And the list is endless… I love to dance,, dancing in many ways has been my release, rest-place, rejuvenating activity, communication tool, work-out, opportunity window, etc. Dancers would get this 🙂
My most meaningful dance experience though was 2011, Jesus Theater, Camp Tecumseh, NJ. I helped choreograph, a song that was part of the play- He lives in you- Lion King… the hela he maamela, hela! So weekly throughout the summer, it would feature- as the final scene of the play. Fortunately or unfortunately, the last week of camp, some actors were away, so I actually had to take part in a dance I had choreographed. I was a bit nervous, partly due to the fact that I had to cram some lines that were part of the script..you guy, acting has its flock. The acting, well,,was the acting, but the dancing, I enjoyed myself, the kids seemed to enjoy, we all seemed to give it our best as it was the last of the summer.
What happened next is what amazed me…my 2 American sisters, Donisha and Saphia..who are the best dancers I’ve yet met in my life, came running up to me, and we shared a very teary and intimate Dancer-Hug. This is what I now call the International dance language. We didn’t talk, we dint say a word, the dancing had spoken for itself. That was my most memorable dance moment. Dance can speak, let it preach, let it minister, let it inspire, let it bring together, let it be expressed.
Now in closing, I challenged myself this year, to pick up some talents and hobbies I dropped in the name of being a “mum” or being a “grown-up”, and dance was one was one of this. And so far, it has done me good, even won me some sort of vacation. I want to pick up my swimming, writing, fashion, rugby, sports commentary, emceeing among many other things. I want to be fearless when doing so too! You really never know what heights you will scale, so make a wish, take a chance, make a change with your talents. Lastly, see you at the top! Hope to see beautiful stories of talents changing lives, and making a difference.