Good morning, friends! I was going to post this next week, but I decided we could all use some dancing today after reading through my e-mails. Enjoy…

One rainy afternoon whilst storytelling at a faerie birthday party, we shook off the gloomy grays by dancing with rainbows of neon scarves and singing cheerful faerie songs.  Then I asked the parents and caregivers to dance a faerie dance with us.

“I only DUI (dance under the influence),” one man laughed.

Another parent slunk into the kitchen where she hid until the music stopped.

Mothers began busying themselves with tidying up. Fathers claimed they were too tired, but that they enjoyed watching the children having fun.

As one boy tried pulling his mother into the realm of dancing faeries, she said, “I can’t dance!”

Why is it difficult for adults to dance in front of other adults? Dancing is just movement. And parents are in constant motion!  Let’s take that next step and dance together:

1.) Let go of your fears and other unwanted feelings. Try this quick activity: Creative Playtime.

2.) If you feel uncomfortable dancing then try this activity alone at first. Make sure you have total privacy. Then gradually invite your family to dance with you. Remember that other adults may feel silly and awkward at first too, so lead by example.

3.) Turn on music, step outside to hear nature’s music or tune into your inner thoughts.

4.) Take deep breaths and smile even if you are uncomfortable. Anytime you hear a judgmental or critical voice, let it go. You are now free and there is nothing to think about.

5.)  Start by stretching and swaying. Shake off any anxiety you are feeling. Imagine waves of energy flowing throughout your body and mind. Allow the waves to free yourself from feeling stuck and still. 

6.) Now celebrate this freedom to the sound of the music. No one is around, so just let go and move! Allow yourself to be instantly transformed into a dancer.

Feeling creative? How would evil goblins from the deep, dark forest dance to Abba? Or how would you dance if the laws of gravity no longer applied? Can you incorporate colorful scarves and light into your movements?

Feeling bold? Find a safe place where you can be completely alone. Try letting your emotions lead your dance movements. Smile, laugh, cry, scream, but don’t hold back. Just let go and let your body express all of your emotions. The movement will help release the emotions being stored in your body. Don’t forget to breathe. This exercise gets easier with time.

Need a little inspiration? Just look at how music, movement and dance can transform your entire day:

Experience the magical freedom that dancing and movement offers. And most importantly, smile and laugh through the process. You are loved and you are free! Happy Friday!

Lots of love,

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16 Responses to Dance dance dance

  1. Tina says:

    I am crying as I read this. Are you reading my mind? My boyfriend and I went to a dance last weekend and all I could think about is how much I wanted to dance like everyone else. I couldn’t bring myself to do it and I’ve been beating myself up about it all week. Thank you for posting this. You are a really amazing person and so inspirational. Thank you thank you!

  2. Rosie Rose says:

    I love it! You are a dancing star! Dancing is a great way to get the creativity flowing!

    Your picture is too cute! You are a little dancing sprite!

  3. Maureen Szabo says:

    Love the back-to-back posts. And oddly enough, I needed this post too. I say oddly enough because I have MS and I’m in a wheelchair. (I actually met you when you were storytelling at my care center while I had therapy) I can dance, I just worry about what others will say and think. I’m going to try this at home and maybe I’ll gain the confidence to start going out to dance again.

    I loved the story you wrote about the imaginative girl who was confined to one room. I honestly think about it every day and it gives me hope. I would love to read and hear more of your stories. You are an angel from heaven. Thank you.

  4. Di says:

    Love that video! I was already dancing!

  5. Scout says:

    While reading this, I had this wild idea that I should try dancing while I throw clay! I’ve been experimenting with my process in my artistic life, but I’m also extremely inhibited in my personal life. I would never dance in public and perhaps this is where my pottery lacks. I need to let go and break free!

    You have me excited for the weekend! Thanks for passing along your unique ideas!!

  6. Daniel Z. says:

    Too cute. I just found you on G+, glad I did. Your messages need to be out in the world. You turned around my whole day. Thanks for setting my weekend off on the right foot.

  7. Sienna says:

    I liked the last post, but now I really see what you meant by it. I’m tearing up, I could use a little freedom right now. Thanks again.

  8. Lillian Sunshine says:

    You are just a doll! I wish the whole world had a spirit like yours.

  9. Amy says:

    Wow. Like Maureen, I am self-conscious of my dancing because I have limited movement from a childhood illness. My daughters are always trying to get me to dance with them, but I’m too uptight and scared. This is an excellent exercise that encourages me to grow beyond my fears.

    Spectacular, Emmy. You are the brightest. This world is a better place because of you, I only hope that your messages grow for all to hear! Love you.

  10. Non-Dancer Darcy says:

    This put a smile on my face! Hello Emmy, I am one of the non-dancing mothers you are talking about in the post. (You put on a lovely fairy party, btw. The girls–and boy– loved it.) You really nailed this post. I stiffen up just thinking about dancing in front of others. I’ll give this a try and who knows, maybe I’ll be dancing in the scarves at your next storytelling event. Thanks!

  11. Maria says:

    Now I’m jealous! I’ve been to two of your storytelling programs and we never got to dance! Speaking of which, could you post the goblin story you tell? (The one about the prince the lost girl and the goblin). It still creeps me out and I would love to share it with my friends. Thanks!

    I agree with the above comments. You are as cute as a button and I could listen to your enchanted stories all day and night!

  12. Susan says:

    Your words and stories are pure gold, Emmy Blue. I’m sure I’m not the only one who knows that you are the next rising star. I feel loved and blessed each time I hear your stories and read your blog. You are the light in a dark world.

  13. Lynda Shoup says:

    Lovely post, Emmy. I feel the sparkle and the fun of it. The world is a brighter place with you in it.

  14. Veronica P. says:

    I just got home from your morning storytelling program! Wonderful job! I wish I could write such rich stories and fairy tales like you, but I am grateful that I can at least enjoy them. Are you trying to publish your work?

    You filled the audience with excitement and magic! Looking forward to hearing you again. Thank you.

    P.S. Do you dress up like a fairy or a princess when you do children’s parties?

  15. Kate says:

    Hooray for dancing! I think I should have been a dancer instead of a designer, really. :) Sometimes, when I’m in a really good mood, I will dance to the music in my headphones on the street in public, because it’s what I want to do in the moment, and who cares what anybody thinks! If it makes you happy…do it!

  16. Marie says:

    Oh Emmy, I do have to laugh at this! I attended TWO of your enchanting storytelling programs: one was your frightening campfire stories and legend trip for adults and teens and the other was a dark fairy tale program. I didn’t sleep for a week, ha ha. I just can’t imagine you dancing and playing fairy games! I’ll have to attend one of your children’s programs soon! I love your facebook and twitter pages! :-)

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