Our Soul Is a Guest in Our Body with an Aura of Happiness
Would you believe that just walking into the dance studio
for the first time in 364 days gave me such a contented
thrill. By contented thrill I mean a feeling of happiness
and also exuberance of that I finally came back to my dance
Dance roots can mean different things to various people. To
me it signifies that I am now feeling better for the first
time since our automobile accident last June 2008 and that
there is a real possibility that I will be dancing very
soon. We came that Saturday morning at 11:30
A.M. because the studio was having an expo type activity so
people could come in and get acquainted with the facility.
They could also bring new or used dance shoes they no longer
wanted and to be able to sell them to others who may want a
less than average priced shoe.
The owner of the studio Cindy Sumida greeted both my husband
and I with a dear hug and kiss. We were as happy to see her
as she was to see us. It has been a long ten months. We
missed (at least I did) the beauty of the studio and the
warmth of the owner. We missed the beautiful wood floor and
the ambience of the atmosphere. We missed getting out there
on the floor and doing our dance steps, routines and just
plain old having fun.
The roots of dance were planted in the soil of our hearts
over thirty-two years ago when we stepped or danced our way
into the first studio where we took together our first dance
lesson way back then. I have always wanted to and loved to
dance and this was a momentous occasion then for us to go as
a couple and also a married couple.
Our love for dance or should I say, my love for dance was
nurtured through my years of being single by taking a group
of lessons when I was working and earning a good salary. I
went to a studio and signed up for fifty lessons but I did
not have an encouraging teacher to water my seeds of dance
feeling. I finished up the course not really knowing too
much more than when I started there. Then I took a few
lessons with a fellow I was dating named David and he too
did not awaken anything new in me about dancing.
The years passed with marriage, children and still I yearned
to really learn to dance and the thought occurred in my mind
that possibly I could compete. When we walked into the
studio on November 2, 1977, the first thing I saw on the
shelves there were some trophies some of the students had
won. Right then and there, I knew that was what I wanted for
my shelves. I had a carpenter come in many years later to
custom make white shelves so I could display my competition
won trophies. I dust them every week with love in my heart
for what they stand for in my dancing amateur career. Hard
work and diligent and unrelenting time spent studying the
world of ballroom dance.
Ten lessons evolved into ten or more years of taking
lessons, competing, social dancing and just plain enjoying
the social dances held on Saturday nights or Sunday
Until the accident we would go to them at least three times
a month. Then it all stopped and for one solid year we were
unable to go due to numerous aches and pains from being hit
hard by a man texting and running a red light.
Now the year has passed with many medical decisions and many
sessions of physical therapy. We are ready and going there
for the expo few hours to sell some unused dance shoes
really watered my dance appetite again. We sat there for an
hour or so and watched some new students take free fifteen
minute try outs with various teachers to see who they wanted
to teach them if they decided to take dance lessons. We
watched one teacher coach five men on converting some rumba
steps they knew to bolero steps.
Finally, we left and I felt the aura of dance happiness
surround my head. I was back where I am most often spending
the happiest hours I am involved in. I was here at the
studio called The Promenade. Promenade means a walkway, an
avenue where one can take for a new time or continue on as
before a journey of ballroom dance.
As I so often speak about what ballroom dancing means to me,
so again I am able to articulate about it in a more
meaningful and current manner. It seems that next Sunday we
will be back there and if we can only dance just a few
dances since we are returning and have to be careful in what
actions we take in our first day of dancing; then so be it.
I have decided if we only dance four or five dances, we will
be ahead of the time because we will have again started our
voyage in the beautiful sea of dance. The sea is calm now
and the water is blue and we will dance serenely and be at
peace doing so. We survived the terrible accident and are
now back to begin our weekly ballroom dancing once again.
As Shakespeare said “Those who have self control truly own
Dancing is surely beauty in motion and our emotions
determine our motion. In the Broadway play from many years
ago called Annie based on the original comic strip called
Orphan Annie, the main character Annie says that tomorrow
will be good and they sing a whole song called Tomorrow that
became a big hit on the music scene back then.
So tomorrow became now and next Sunday will be the tomorrow
I was thinking about for one whole year almost to the day
when I will arrive at the Promenade and once more dance a
few dances. Each week I will progress and dance more and
more dances until the hours there will be filled with
continuous dances. Tomorrow will be now and I will have won
out over the aches and pains and the pains and aches. I will
be the victor because I waited till tomorrow and tomorrow
will be glorious. The no dancing time was a long period but
now the glory days are upon us (especially me) and I will
savor every minute I am doing it.
When I dance, I feel at peace and I in turn can encourage
others to take up dancing and therefore I can be an amicable
supporter of a different kind. I can be a harmonious person
by trying to inspire and support new dancers-to-be to not
wait till tomorrow but to know that today is the day when
they will enter the journey of dancing for the health of it,
for the enjoyment of it and mainly for the peace they will
feel when accomplishing this wondrous thing called dance.
They will have self control and possess their own beauty.
It has been said that one can accomplish important things if
they have the courage to just try doing it. When I was a
teenager, dad looked at me one day when I was thinking I was
not pretty enough. He said from his heart (and of course
because he was biased being my dad) “You are so gorgeous,
look at your high cheekbones. When you are a few years
older, you will appreciate your own beauty.” Of course I
knew that was my dad talking and sure he was a bit
prejudiced since I was his child, but I knew in my heart he
meant it. It lifted an insecure teenager from having a lack
of confidence into a blooming teen on the verge of womanhood
with hopes of looks that would be defined as lovely.
What an appropriate saying that is. We are bold when we
decide to think about taking ballroom dancing lessons. We
know we will find magic in doing so; and if we think we can
do it, we should begin it. Whatever you can do or even think
you may be able to do, and then surely we should set it into
motion. Dad set into motion my moments of secure and
definite hope. We should all have hope with everything we
attempt. That is the courage of life and dreams.
We will be kindling a new flame into our lives and our life
will be brighter for it. We can do it, begin it and continue
the light that will brighten our heart and be an everlasting
beam that glistens into our daily existence.
We can accomplish the almost highest thing we want by being
confident and secure and when we ballroom dance, we receive
added self esteem and self assurance because we know we are
doing something really special.
We set into motion a fulfilling adventure that will
culminate in a special happiness so profound we will often
wonder how we lived without it.
Annie in the play said tomorrow, tomorrow and she surely
knew that tomorrow would be so splendid it would make up for
any days that were not that perfect. If we can only project
that tomorrow will be blessed with good and kind events then
we will have fulfilled our destiny in becoming happy.
Ballroom dancing is like no other sport because in learning
to perform it; we have boldness, adventure, motion, emotion
and most of all a constant beginning of something so perfect
to begin with that the final perfection we achieve is the
The aura of dance happiness is in our soul. Hillel a Jewish
sage said our soul is a guest in our body and deserves
hospitality. Hospitality that is affable with the happiness
we receive from this thing called dancing.
The more you do it, the more you benefit from its
graciousness and you will observe how it makes you feel. The
feeling sometimes is overwhelming and it fills your heart
with the peace you deserve all the days of your lives.
Keep on Dancing
Elite Sohmer Clayman
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org