‘And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.’ — Friedrich Nietzsche
Yesterday I went for a walk in the wooded mountains near where I live. I had my iPod with me and I decided to listen to one of the Waves (a mix of dance music audio files) that one of my fellow 5 Rythyms dancers mixed and shared with me. Once I started listening to the music I couldn’t help but turn my walk in the woods into a dance in the woods. Mostly I had privacy but on occasion people did walk past me on the path. I only got smiles, really.
It doesn’t really make sense that going for a run to nowhere and back is considered socially acceptable, but for some reason dancing in nature give people reason to pause. To me it’s about the most natural thing in the world. Moving on mama earth’s temple. That’s what it feels like to me. Seems like another thing we’ve lost in our modern culture. It’s far more enjoyable to me than so many kinds of “exercise” and yet most people are embarrassed to do it in front of other people. How sad. I, too, felt hesitant, but it was well worth overcoming my shyness. I’ll take some ecstatic shaking around to music (by headphones) in the woods over a treadmill any day, thank you.
So this guy is into public dancing. I thought I’d share his wondrous moves with y’all.
These are some of the tunes I was dancing to today. I danced to this:
–and this (which I’ve actually shared before, but it’s really great so for those of you who missed it the first time):
Lots of other lovely pieces of music make up a full wave.
To learn a little about 5 Rythym wave dancing visit these posts on Beyond Meds:
”When you put the psyche in motion it heals itself.” (embodiment)
Ecstatic dance as practice: there is a dance that only you know how to do
More posts on music, sound and dance healing: