If you can walk, you can dance

It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.

– Shanna LeFleur

This quote is so apt when it comes to dancing. Adding emotions and expressions to dance brings in the real dance energy.

Bollywood dance has always been very close to my heart.

The moment I hear the music, and there you go, my feet start dancing.

We informally used to copy dance steps from Bollywood songs and practice and perform within family circles in our childhood days.

I first started learning western dance formally at the age of 13 years and went on to learn for a few years till studies picked up.

I participated in school, Inter-collegiate college, and society competitions.

My last performance with my group mates was at St Andrews in Bandra, Mumbai.

I still remember the beautiful songs we danced on.

“Kajra Mohobbat Wala Remix” and “Chappa Chappa Charkha Chale”

There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.

This is so true

But then came a time when I chose to become a C.A., which is when I gave up on all my extracurricular activities and immersed myself in becoming a professional.

Days, Months, years went by and I never looked back to start dancing again.

I danced on my brother’s marriage and many other marriage functions in our house in the last 2 decades.

But that was all. Nothing beyond that.

I got married to a guy who did not have a keen interest in dancing either.

Life went on with a routine of personal and professional life.

I always felt something was missing.

After 20 years, I didn’t want to look back and have the same feeling of missing something in life.

6 months back, I prepared my wheel of life putting in all areas of my life that balance my ecology.

And Guess what?

My ecology was quite imbalanced.

I was shocked to only see my highest priority being my work and family.

I realized that sports, passion, and hobbies were all missing from my schedule.

So, I decided to prepare a fresh new schedule.

In Sports, I started playing squash last year.

In fitness, I am anyways a regular Yoga practitioner and also regular at evening walks. I added swimming and Gym training to it.

As per this New Year’s resolution, I added what I am passionate about. It was none other than Dance & singing.

I had read 2 beautiful quotes “If you can walk, you can dance” & “If you can talk, you can sing”

I always loved singing. Know the lyrics of almost every hit Hindi Bollywood song. But never knew whether I was good at it. It was New Year’s Eve when I sang my favorite song “Pal Pal Pal Har Pal from Munnabhai MBBS” among a crowd of at least 200 people. They all swayed while I sang. That gave me the confidence to formally learn to sing. I also enrolled in Hindustani classical to start with basics before singing my favorite Bollywood songs in the future.

Kathak was something that I had missed learning as a child. I was always curious to learn Kathak. So, I enrolled in a Kathak class but understood within a few classes that it was not meant for me. I did not directly relate to Kathak.

Then finally I joined the Western dance. I met many new friends who are equally passionate about dancing.

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.

As readers, I hope this is motivating enough for you to also add up your passion, sports, and fitness to your schedule to enjoy life to your fullest.

Is there anything that you will miss when you will look back after 20 years from now?

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