Dance has always played a positive role in my life. As a child, I remember my mom grabbing me for an impromptu cha-cha-cha or salsa while cooking dinner for the family as music played in the background.
In the evenings, my family gathered around the television with eyes glued to Solid Gold performers. My sister and I were mesmerized by the dancers' flashy outfits and fabulous dance moves which inspired us to choreograph our own dance routines immediately following each episode.
I'm always searching for new and exciting ways to improve mental, physical and spiritual well-being and spontaneous dance is a great way to relieve stress, invite playfulness into your life and express yourself creatively.
Ecstatic dance is defined as a style of free-form dance in which the music is the teacher. Organized ecstatic dance gatherings are popping up all over the country and provide a judgement-free and alcohol and drug-free environment for individuals to lose their inhibitions and dance to the beat of their own drum. This movement has sparked the interest of many including the New York Times.
Whether it be at an ecstatic dance party or in the privacy of your own living room, invite music and free-form movement into your life and see if it's something worth adding to your self-care regimen.