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The Double Meaning behind the blog title 'Dream Follower:'
First, for 14 years I was a ballroom & social dance instructor, and have studied both leading and following. I feel that learning to follow is full of nuance and is often misunderstood. I made it one of my personal goals to become a really excellent follow on the dance floor, and will probably talk a lot about the art of following - both in and out of the context of dance.

Second, I am a huge fan of author Michael Ende, probably best known for The Neverending Story. The book is incredible, and the first film captured some of the essence. (Please don't watch the other two films...I urge you to read the book though!) Anyway, at least twice in my life I have been caught in a storm of my own indecision, and my inner Moon Princess yelled to my inner Bastian...'Why don't you do what you dream?' I tear up even now as I write this little blurb. The tension between being practical, keeping my feet on the ground and my head out of the clouds (at the risk of compromising my inner vibrancy, true self, and who knows what else)...and reaching for my true dreams (at the risk of losing everything) is still a very real struggle. In fact, one of those struggles lead to my 14 years of teaching dance, so we can see which voice won the battle that fateful day when I was staring at the want-ad...

And so I strive to be two kinds of Dream Followers in my life. One has to do with connecting with others, and the other has to do with connecting with my inner Moon Princess and the world of possibility that opens when I do...

Sunday, May 25, 2014

another night out

Tonight we dance...at least I dance. Because I can't help it, and because I will whether or not others do if the music is good...and usually even if it isn't good. Dance is my way of hiding in plain sight. It is safer than talking, easier than flirting. I am much more comfortable moving than trying to connect any other way. It is a weird confident/insecure thing. I move because I am not confident, and when I move I am confident. I move for myself and for its own sake.

So in a way, I retreat into movement. I can't decide if that's a trait I just accept, or I if I should limit my dancing in an effort to force myself out of my comfort zone.

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  1. I hope you have a blast dancing! And keep And eye out to move out of your comfort zone if the opportunity comes.

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    1. I enjoyed the boogie with a lot of space a *lot* and the smashed against a lot of foreign bodies boogie was fun too in small doses. And I will try to challenge my comfort zone (maybe gently, gradually, or maybe by jumping in over my head...I've been known to do both at different times in my life)

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  2. The Queen misses dancing. :-/
    I... um... well, don't all that much. But, we both know that how The Queen feels trumps all else. ;-)

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    1. Well, she can come dancing with me anytime the Jester will keep the Prince occupied and release the Queen for an evening of groove. ;-)
      Unless you want to put me in charge of the Prince so you two can have a date night. :-)

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    2. A date night? That sounds familiar... Hmm... Might have to take you up on that. ;-)
      Though, if you ask her, she'd probably rather go dancing! :-P

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    3. or mayhaps we figure out a way to do both this summer at different times!!

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