Friday, March 11, 2011
This week, in my elementary dance classes, we have been reading the story Giraffes Can't Dance. This is a wonderful picture book about a Giraffe with buckling knees who wobbles and falls every time he tries to dance. The annual jungle dance is a rather traumatic event for poor Gerald as the other animals laugh and tease him, calling him a bad dancer.
I posed the question to my students- Is there a such thing as a BAD dancer? Some said yes and explained that their siblings routinely accused them of being bad dancers. But the vast majority of the children said that there was no such thing as a bad dancer. They explained their thinking-
"Some people practice more."
"Some people can do more things but that doesn't mean that those who can't are bad dancers."
Here was my favorite-
"We all dance the way we are meant to dance."
Yes, a second grade child said that. Smart kid.
In my book there is no such thing as a bad dancer, but this week it was nice to be reminded. I haven't been feeling well, and missed my daily dance a few times. The dances that I did do were of the tiny variety. One day I danced with just my hands. No leaps or dazzling turns. No jazz hands, even. But it wasn't a bad dance. It felt great, in fact.
Dancing every day doesn't work if you judge yourself. Each dance is what it is meant to be.
We all dance the way we are meant to dance.
Wishing you balance,