By Johanna Leseho, Sandra McMaster

The essays during this dynamic compilation are a testomony to bop as a therapeutic paintings. extensively interdisciplinary in nature and written by way of ladies dancers from all over the world, they illustrate a wealthy array of dance practices, cultures, and disciplines and convey how this expressive remedy will be either empowering and exhilarating. The women’s narratives all percentage a deep appreciation for the relationship among psychological, religious, and actual dimensions, providing dance as a transformative strength of renewing and rebuilding that bond. either own undefined, the tales weave a shiny tapestry of lived stories and insights, stability, and a neighborhood healed by way of dance.

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They were tossing multi-colored balls, doing cartwheels, running up the wall and jumping off, singing, whirling, screaming, laughing. Being half hermit and preferring the company of quiet cats, this was clearly sensory overload. I wondered if I could be thrown in jail for abandoning a dance class. As the shock wore off and I regained my senses, I moved into the center of the room. My efforts to bring order to the chaos were feeble and slow. Somehow, after thirty minutes they were all sitting, or more accurately, squirming, in a circle on the floor.

What a trick Margita and the Universe played on me, to be initiated into the role of mother through something as simple and profound as a dance class for little girls. I reluctantly said yes to the responsibility of being a teacher and role model to these children. I was afraid: afraid of growing up myself, afraid of making mistakes, afraid of being trapped. Hmmm. Perhaps I was only afraid of being present with myself and the beauty of each moment life has to offer. The girls gave me this gift… they taught me how to be present.

The second is dance. And when did dance become a part of my life? I would love to be able to tell you a beautiful story… saying something like, “as a little child I always loved to twirl about, leap through the meadows, move when music played,” but I cannot. Mine is not a glamorous story. I was enrolled in dance class at the tender age of three at the suggestion of a doctor, who said I needed more exercise. From very early on, I was dealing with a sluggish excretory system; in a word, I was constipated.

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