the power of music

There is probably a really in-depth, exploratory post with that title. It’s a strong title. I’m sure there is even a TedX video on it around the interwebs. Yet for me, that promising blog post title can be summed up in the most simple of ways… Music brings people together.

I am a dance teacher, and I play this song in nearly every one of the beginner classes I teach. If we’re being real here, it is not a masterpiece. It is not literary genius, and it is actually probably offensive to some. But every single time I play this in class, every person taking that class actually. starts. dancing. And if they’re really new to dance classes, they might even smile!

This song is fun. So fun. My students love it – everyone aged from 19 through to late 50s. And there is power in that. There is power in bringing a group of strangers together, helping them to realise that this is awesome, and they are awesome, and that nobody is judging them. There is a huge amount of satisfaction for me in being able to create a place where new partnerships feel comfortable enough to laugh with each other over how ridiculous the song is, or how excited I am over them doing something as simple (and complex) as dancing.

If you ever come to one of my dance classes in Sydney, I promise to play it for you. If you can’t make it to a class of any sort anywhere, blast it over your speakers at home; feel how easily your body moves to it, and how easily that smile comes 🙂


ups and downs

These last few weeks have been a bit manic. A new job, planning a big party from a state away, having parties of our own, and going out for many birthday dinners, all whilst trying to maintain a normal life. Sometimes, that’s a bit too much to fit in. The Sydney sky seems to be matching my thought processes, by going from warm to cold, dry to tipping down rain, calm to unsettled.

Sydney sky change

All of that craziness was topped off with a phone call at midnight, that was essentially just a call to get me to agree with somebody else’s plan of action. And although I didn’t agree with it, and gave my own opinion several times, the phone call just wouldn’t end till I finally said, “Sure; do that then”.

Sometimes, at midnight, the easiest path is the best option, even when I don’t agree with it. And coffee is sometimes the only thing that gets me by the next day…

coffee yum

BUT. This weekend will soon be here and gone. There will be no more planning of parties where I get my hands tied by others going on power trips, and there will definitely be no more managing of differing personalities and opinions. I have moved to a different city, so it’s time that I removed myself fully from that situation. They can’t keep relying on me to fix their issues, and I cannot keep allowing myself to be dragged down by it.

Monday coming brings a new month, a new season, and (because I have decided it’s so), a new outlook on life. Helloooo springtime!

Hopefully the tone around here will be lighter the next time I write. Thanks for listening to me vent. Sometimes, you just need to get it out of your brain, and into the universe. Sending you all bright thoughts for the weekend! xx