You know the feeling.
You might be in the grocery store, or walking down the street, or driving in the car,
when that song comes on.
The one that you can't not dance to.
Your toes start tapping, you head starts bobbing, and if you're feeling really brave (or if you're alone) the dancing begins.
For me, it's this one:
When I hear those first few beats, I can't help but smile because I know what's coming next. I don't care where I am, I will soon be dancing.
Of course, there's also this guy (thanks, Liz Canby, for sharing!):
He looks like fun.
Now, I'm not a bad dancer. I have a sense of rhythm, I can learn steps, and if it's a partner dance, I can (usually) follow pretty well.
However, I am aware of the fact that often, when I dance, I look like a complete idiot. There might be some flailing of the arms, maybe some fancy footwork. And I take up a lot of space.
I love every second of it.
I had my turning point public display of ridiculousness while traveling in Australia last summer. Encouraged by the awesomeness of the people I was with (we had spent 3 days on a boat with 30 people and very little space) and emboldened by the fact that I was probably never going to see them again, I just went for it, along with a few others who didn't seem to mind people staring at them. I had never had so much fun while trying not to look like an idiot, so I have never looked back.
I don't always look ridiculous while dancing (I hope). However, I have discovered that many of my friends, although chosen for qualities other than dance ability, happen to have a similar dance philosophy:
Go nuts and have fun.
I'm not so sure this is a coincidence.
So here's to everyone who has ever danced ridiculously with me. You know who you are.
(Don't worry, there will be no photos or videos included in this blog post)
Dancing where there is no dance floor
(one of my personal favorites, especially considering that it tends to get strangers involved in the fun)
Dance walking across the room
Dorm room dance parties
Interpretive dance moves
Frank Sinatra and wine while cooking
(a Simple Sunday-worthy post all on its own)
Turning a blizzard into an opportunity for ribbon dancing
(a connection not always obvious to the average person)
Thank you. You make life fun.
Kelly is an American teacher living in Switzerland and enjoying everything the country has to offer.