Hello friends, and welcome to this
month’s Joyinmovement newsletter,
On March 1st a friend of mine declared,
“March is the only month that’s a verb!” Now maybe I’ve been hiding
under a rock all these years, but I had never heard that and never
realized it! I couldn’t stop thinking about that.
For three days in a row, March 1, 2,
and 3, I was engaged with this idea…….March is a verb. Then I woke
up on March 4th and said to myself, “It’s not March fourth……it’s
MARCH FORTH!!! Go forward, march forth, keep moving along. Some of you
may already know this if you perhaps got an email from me on MARCH
FORTH! I was all over this idea.
Then I realized that I’m partial to
verbs. No, this is not going to be a newsletter about grammar, so please
stay with me!
I find nouns
comforting and adjectives are colorful and sexy, but verbs get my mojo
going. Swimming, golfing, running, playing games, writing this
newsletter, dancing……..it’s the joy in movement.
One verb that seems to be coming across
my radar these days is DANCE. Here are few examples:
1. A few of my students are taking Zumba
classes. Zumba Is
a fusion of Latin and international music with choreographed movements.
I haven’t had a chance to participate yet, but I love moving to music
so I’m sure it’s fun.
2. Where I live, Jazzercise is still
going strong. Jazzercise is a dance exercise experience that was started
in 1969. Seems a whole new generation is finding Jazzercise.
3. Nia classes are also popular. Years ago while visiting Portland,
Oregon, I took some classes with the original creators of Nia. It’s fun
and more of a free-for-all type of experience than some of the other
4. Ballroom dance classes. Many couples
I know (you know the ones that you’d NEVER picture doing ballroom
dancing together), are getting into the swing of dancing. Some of them
are even starting to compete!
5. I recently watched a bunch of Fred
Astaire movies…..how can you not want to get up and get dancing after
6. A friend who plays a brass
instrument in a community concert band told me that the spring concert
music pieces they’re practicing are great marching tunes. She can’t help
but want to get up and start moving!
I started out my dance “career” in tap
dancing. One of my favorite photos of myself is when I was 5 years old
after a dance recital. I’m with my dance partners, another young girl
and two boys (I promise when I can find that photo I’ll put it in a
newsletter!). I’ve always loved to dance: line dance, contra dance, or
dancing around the house. When I’m asked to go out dancing, the answer
is always YES. I don’t have to ask what type; I don’t care. I’m good to
There’s something about moving to
music that creates the magic. And we can all use more magic in our
So here’s my question.
Was dancing on your to do-to list when
you set your goals for 2010? If not, why not? If partner dancing is too
close for comfort, then go solo. Don’t want anyone choreographing your
moves? Nia might be for you. Don’t want to pay for a class? There are
donation only groups that provide the music and space for your
enjoyment. Don’t want to dance in public? Clear out a space in your
living room and have at it!
Me? Tap dancing is back on my list.
I’ve found a theater company that offers classes. Maybe in time I’ll
even audition for one of the musicals they produce!
In the meantime, while you’re checking out your dancing options, give
some thought to whether your mojo is fed most by nouns, verbs or
adjectives. I think it’s a fun exercise!
Until next month, MARCH FORTH, and remember your greatest wealth is your
P.S. Do head over to www.activemenopauselifestyle.com/blog
and see the most current post. My goal has been to learn to integrate
more technology within the writing/projects I produce. Let me know what
you think. See, you can teach a still young at heart dog new tricks!