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  • I dance...to move trauma out of my cells. I dance, to find myself comfortable, at home, present in my body again. I dance because I never danced as a little girl. I dance because it is the universal language of joy and healing and expression.

    I wrote this a few months ago, before my aerial performance…and felt it come back to me today for a re-post:

    Choreography is like an intimate relationship. I never knew how many layers there were to the song until I decided to get really close to it. Getting close to it means I have to listen, take it in, and then interact…in this case, dance and fly with it. I chose Zoe Keating’s asymmetrical cello piece, Optimist. The more I listen, the more I realize its special little complexities and quirks, why it pulled me the way it did initially, and how those things continue to move through me. This process is teaching me so much about art, music, trust, and life.

    I'm still learning. I'm no professional.

    Today I find deep appreciation for the things in my life that develop slowly over time, with little bits of nurturing and nudging along the way (and lots of hard work). In this culture of selfishness and instant gratification, it is refreshing to take sanctuary in the things that unfold slowly. It feels healthy. And those things are also teaching me to be patient with myself, which is liberating, and probably the ultimate lesson underneath it all.
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