I’d love to dance, but I have no rhythm!
Does that sound like something you’ve told yourself before? Where does this statement get you, onto the dance floor, or stuck at home, dreaming of one day saying, “I love it when I’m dancing!” ?
What you tell yourself really does affect how you feel – so at DanceSport we want to let you know that EVERYONE has rhythm. When you tell yourself you don’t, it usually means you are just a little bit afraid to dance.
If you walk, breath, and your heart beats – you have rhythm! Rhythm is woven into our lives in many ways. Without it, we would be dead!
Dancing represents happiness and celebration in life and is a form of adult recreation and play. When you tell yourself you have no rhythm and therefore cannot dance, you are expressing that you are somehow not worthy of this spontaneous, creative expression. But of course you are worthy of this opportunity to work with your body to have fun and play! You are just unfamiliar with the territory and hesitate to try it because of a fear of failure. In fact, this is what keeps some people off of the dance floor, because if they were to actually “fail,” it may confirm that biggest fear. However, dancing is not about success or failure. It is about confronting your potential to embrace happiness through movement. In a way, as dance teachers, we are therapists, and DanceSport is like a center for personal change.
The take home message here is that you do, indeed, have rhythm. You just don’t want to feel like a fish out of water. This is why so many people are attracted to Dancing With the Stars. The stars, too, are conquering their fears of celebration and expression. Even if, and especially if, you have already proven to be successful in other ways, embarking on learning a new skill like dance can be scary. But you can’t fail unless you try, and there is no failure, so…. what are you waiting for? Take a deep breath, and come join us on the floor!