Dance is one thing that has always been a part of my life and I have been fortunate to be able to indulge that passion as a consequence of one of my two jobs. I work at a gym on a part-time basis and it offers a variety of dance classes open to individuals at all levels. So on a somewhat regular basis, I have been able to take classes much, much more often than I would otherwise. Still, I try to drop into Ailey, Peridance, Broadway Dance Center, Steps, and other more professional dance environments whenever I am able.
There has been another great benefit to taking these classes. I have become a part of a community that I like to call “recreational dancers”. I also call them the “twirlers” and “werkers”. Most dance enthusiasts understand “twirling” and “werk” aand their variations as terms of affection for dance. Anyway, they are people who are not technically professional dancers but spend a lot of whatever free time they have, in dance classes or attending dance-related events. What we have in common with the professionals are the passion, commitment, and respect that we have for dance as an art form, a means of expression, a mode of exercise, and a path to spiritual uplift.
We come in all shapes, sizes, colors, socio-economic backgrounds, levels of dance training, professions, you name it. We love ballroom, salsa, ballet, popping, House, breaking, flexing, tap, jazz, etc. Dance, for us, is the thread that binds.
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