Thursday, January 28, 2021

Dancing Outdoors

Many places all over the world are finding it safer to dance outdoors, weather permitting. On Oahu we are fortunate to have such good weather for dancing outdoors. With masks and a proper social distance we could be dancing Pandemic Free. The natural world doesn't come equipped with deluxe dancing floors, so we must troubleshoot for less-than-ideal dance surfaces. Concrete is nice and smooth for most social dances. Soft grass, on the other hand, absorbs shock, so it's great for young dancers that gotta jump around. And sand could be really fun because you can fall without hurting yourself, and the resistance of the sand will strengthen your muscles. However not for our kind of dancing. 

“The older social dancers think that the greatest act of faith some
days, is to simply get up and face another day.”

We must alter our dancing pending on the surface. We still have to plan for the weather. We must establish our own weather-related boundaries. We are not going to dance in the rain, Some younger people might enjoy it, but most of us would rather watch the forecast, and go out on a day that's nicer. The glare of the sun can look great in a lot of photos, and the wind looks really cool moving through loose clothing. Even rain can produce some really fun stuff. We just need to adjust our perspective. Out on the park, we can use the sensation of the wind or the way the birds are singing, to dance in a way we never have before. We just gotta dance.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

If you're dancing in public outdoor spaces, choosing a safe location is crucial, especially in this era of social distancing. You want to avoid as many people as possible. With restaurants and grocery stores closed, many parking lots are completely empty, leaving some great open spaces. Some people also likes to dance in empty parking garages. The smooth concrete floors are ideal for turning,. Beyond practicality, choose a location that inspires you. The greatest thing about dancing outdoors is what the location itself adds to your dancing and we might just like outside spots with a view.

Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt.

Dance like nobody's watching.

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