I play dancing videos in my workshops; when it gets to the part to drop the pretenses, take off the masks, and be yourself.
People ask me why I play dancing videos. And the answer is simple. Dance is freedom without hesitation. We hesitate before taking action. We think before speaking. We think before moving. And it’s this hesitation and thinking that undoes everything we say and do because it acts as a filter and censors our pure intentions.
There’s a saying that goes, “Dance like no one’s watching”. And for many people, that’s just about near impossible. They dance as if the whole fucking world is watching them – self-conscious, inhibited, and awkward. The fear is that they will be judged by others, and they’ll look bad. Looking bad is, after all, the greatest fear of all.
The opportunity is to let go, to not give a shit what other people think, and to express yourself through movement and music. The opportunity when you dance is to forget everything else, be who you are and do what you do. That’s freedom, right there.
Friedrich Nietzsche, that gloomy nihilist, danced every day and had a lot to say about dancing (such as the “insane” quote above). He also wrote (in “Thus Spake Zarathustra”), “I would believe only in a God who could dance”. I second that. Everything in the universe has rhythm and dances.
Here’s me making the point in a recent talk …