Why Do You Dance?

Do you know why you dance?

For many of us that question evokes a deep feeling, one that’s hard to put into words. For others the answer is easy.

Regardless, I invite you to take some time today to consider the question.

Why do you dance?

And here’s the kicker, there’s not a right or wrong answer.

You can literally come up with any reason and no one has a right to say anything about it but you.

So then why am I asking you to think about it in the first place?

How many times have you thought:

Man, I really need to start practicing every day or I really wish I could do (insert that awesome move you saw) or be like (insert favorite dancer here).

I’m going to bet it’s more often than you’d like to admit. I know it is for me.

Dancing is an amazingly personal thing. And for many of us, hobbyists to professional, it’s become a cornerstone of our psyche’s. It’s transcended just being something we do and become part of WHO we are.

We spend our free time, our spare cash, and quite a bit of brainspace on our dancing.

Yet many of us, despite this deep self-identification as a dancer, find it hard to create a daily practice or struggle to improve on our challenge areas.

Why is that?

Shouldn’t something that we’ve adopted into our personality so completely be easy to spend the extra time on?

Not quite.

There are a million things that get in the way (jobs, families, cats that love our hipscarves, etc) but I would argue that it comes down to two main points a majority of the time.

  1. We don’t know our why
  2. We don’t know where to start

Today I’m really only going to talk about the Why, but be sure, we’ll circle back on figuring out where to start in a future post.

Knowing your Why

When you’re asked to do something with no explanation, how thrilled are you to do it?

If you’re anything like me, the answer is zero. Items that get no background get pushed to the back of the list. They must not be important right?

Our hobbies are the same way. If you don’t know WHY you’re doing something, it’s harder to make the time, to make it a priority.

Finding your why allows you to put your dancing into a hierarchy with everything else in your life and to balance it more appropriately.

It also helps you figure out how much time, money, and brainspace should go into the equation.

It shows you where your motivation lies.

Ah, there it is.

Where is your motivation? What makes you excited to dance? To make the 40 minute drive to the studio, or wake up a bit earlier to fit in an online dance class in your kitchen before heading off to work? To do the hard work to master that move or that choreography.

If you can figure out your why, Why you truly love this dance form so, you’ve opened up a world of possibilities for yourself.

You’ll have unlocked the secret to what your dance practice will look like. The type of dancing you want to do. The things you practice. The people you surround yourself with. The thing that’s going to get you to dance after a hard day, when you’re tired and would really rather binge watch Netflix than head out to class or make time for your personal practice.

Knowing your why. Truly knowing it, is one of the most powerful things you can do.

So how do you find it?

Depends on you.

Sorry, that answer is no fun.

You know how you think best. If that’s walks, car rides, journaling, meditation, or dancing, bust it out this week sometime and see what you can come up with.

I’d suggest thinking about these questions:

  1. When you think about dancing what are the feelings that come to mind?
  2. Why did you start dancing?
  3. When that reason stopped being the reason, what kept you involved in the dance?
  4. What part of your practice is the one you never miss? Weekly classes? Listening to music? Your personal practice time? Just jamming out?
  5. Why is that? What does that aspect of it mean to you. Why does it get priority?
  6. How would you feel if you stopped dancing entirely?
  7. What would you miss?

There’s obviously so much more to explore here on the path to finding your why. And for many of us that why evolves over time and changes as we become different people throughout life.

As you consider your dance goals (however often you do) always take a second to put them into perspective with your Why. Do they line up with why you dance? If not, why are you pursuing them?

Keep your why at the center of your dance practice, align your dance values, and see how it enriches your dance.

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P.S. Head over to the facebook page and share your why once you’ve come up with it if you wish! Let’s start a conversation.

Posted on January 3, 2018 in Motivation

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Tiffany is a dancer in Florida with a passion for marrying the internet with Bellydance to help dancers practice more often, and more effectively at home!

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