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43/100: Be Out of Step

43/100 || I learned how to dance not from dance classes but from watching music videos over and over and over again. When I was really little we did not have MTV, and I wasn’t even allowed to watch it – but somehow I found a way to see the videos that inspired me and made me love to dance. There was also the Solid Gold Dancers, which my sister & I would would sneak when my parents went out. If you have never had the pleasure of watching Solid Gold – do yourself a favor & YouTube it – you are welcome. And – I longed to be Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Janey Glenn, from “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” If there was a Dance TV in Chicago – that is where I wanted to be! ⠀

No professional dance career for me. But, there is nothing quite like dancing to make me feel like I am in the moment. It is pure happiness. I have solo dance parties on the regular, so that is nothing new, but I came across these clips that Amanda Kloots does for The Rope NYC and it reminded me so much of watching videos in the 80s/90s to learn dance steps. And – kids have it so easy these days – you do not have to rewind the VHS over-and-over, Instagram automatically loops it for you! ⠀

So, my play for the day was trying to learn one of Amanda’s quick dance videos. It has been a long time since I have had to do choreography – which is so very different then just dancing to your own drummer – so I found myself getting frustrated – but was also laughing as I tried to get it right. It made me wonder – when we turn something from pure play into practice, does that change the nature of what we are doing? When there is structure instead of pure freedom – how does that change our mindset around the play? I know that once you get the choreography down – there is such an amazing feeling and freedom that comes with it, but…you’ve gotta be out of step first – that’s how you learn! Like anything that takes hard work – learning a dance, playing a sport, starting a business – I think it only becomes problematic when the process is no longer fun and playful. I think that is the theme that is emerging in this 100 Day Project – Playful in the Process!

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2 Responses to 43/100: Be Out of Step

  1. Rebecca Thering May 17, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

    I SO bought the Darrin’s Dance Grooves VHS back in the day—I’ve always loved watching synchronized dancing, and moving your body to awesome beats is always fun! 🙂

    • kblake May 17, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

      AMAZING!! I love that – and am now going to have to check out Darrin’s sweet moves!

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