What makes a great dancer? And, what is more important, what makes a great life?
The answer to those questions is relative, as are the answers to most subjects, but I believe we can agree on some basic traits:
- Living and dancing from our hearts, allowing the music and life to be taken, processed, filtered, and expressed through the heart – that is for sure one essential quality for great dancing and living.
- Cultivating openness/vulnerability . Not hiding, not masking our true selves, daring to be fully Human.
- Educating ourselves; preparation, actually showing up to do our work – may that be working in a dance piece, in a relationship, in a dream we wish to accomplish – are also essential.
- The willingness to learn, try, fall and rise up again; making mistakes and correcting them; the strength and the humbleness to evolve. Those, too, are inescapable traits for great dancing and living.
I could mention other qualities but, right now, PASSION is the one I want to call your attention to.
A DANCER without PASSION is no dancer at all. A LIFE lived without PASSION is no life at all.
Rest assured: we´re all different.
I, for instance, have been accused of being “too intense”, too passionate, too emotional, too rational, too much, too alive. It seems I think too much, feel too much, love too deep; according to popular belief, I feel too much pleasure, too much passion, too much excitement; if I believe, and I don´t, the concept most people make of me, I´m bound to conclude I´m a case of excessive passion. By now, flames are no doubt pouring from my ears. I´m a bad case of “my cup runneth over”. Or so they say.
Note: there´s no such thing as “excessive passion”. You cannot order a flame to shine a little less brightly. It shines as freely and intensely as it wishes or it doesn´t. Period.
I have no idea what it means to be too alive; you´re either alive or dead, but that´s just me, my weird-freak-over the top me.
I know characters aren´t the same. Some of us are cooler, colder, calmer, less interested, less excited, less “on fire” than others. We´re aware of that. My point is we all need SOMETHING that lights our hearts on fire, SOMETHING that makes us want to jump off our beds in the morning, a MEANING or PURPOSE to our lives.
Great dancing, as great living, cannot exist without PASSION, whatever your passion, or passions, may be.
Great dancing, as great living, cannot exist without a PURPOSE that calls your soul into action, whatever your purpose may be.
Instead of focusing on other people´s PASSION, their FIRE, the thing, or things, that makes them move ahead and higher, I ask you to look within and ask yourself: what makes me feel the most ALIVE?