Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Dance, I say!

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Source  We did not attend this event.
Being able to dance is a wonderful.  Being able to dance skillfully and gracefully is truly a gift.  

Manzanita used her skill and love of dancing for the 2013 A-to-Z Blogfest.  Every day she shared a new dance and her experiences.  They were marvelous.

For one whose dreams alone allow me to dance, I confess that I am rhythmically impaired.  Two steps and I am lost.

But that does not take away the joy of dancing, of watching dancing.  The best dance ever done took place on New Year’s Eve, 1979. 

Our daughter was about 4 ½ and our son “Johnny” had just turned one.  We always threw a ‘big’ party with our small children on that day.  We let them stay up until almost 10 PM and eat all manner of party foods.  We put on our favorite music albums and artists, cranked the music up loud, and we danced.  We danced all over the house.

It was the Fleetwood Mac album when the real dance began. 



While still not too steady on his feet and clothed in a simple diaper, Johnny was stunned by “Tusk”.  He held onto the coffee table, and he danced.  And boy, did he dance!  Perfect rhythm, into the music, shaking his head, singing as only a toddler can!


When the  sorta-free form drum solo kicked in, he stopped and waited for it to be over.  Then the music started again.  And Johnny broke into dance.

I have never looked at dancing the same.  And I still like the Tusk album.


p.s.  Johnny is now a man, a talented pianist, with perfect pitch and rhythm.

35 comments:

  1. I love watching little kids dance.....

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  2. I'm impaired big time, better off sitting and watching at my zoo

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  3. As Martha Graham said, "Dance is the hidden language of the soul."

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  4. I'm also impaired but I so love music. The image of this little cutie dancing is so adorable!

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  5. It is something I think about when I am not at my best. Fills me with joy.

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  6. What a great story. I could picture it so clearly . And isn't if fun as a mom of grown kids to see they were wired that way from the start? Our second son is a drummer with amazing rhythm. Our last son has perfect pitch and hears all the little licks and runs and grace notes of music that most of us miss. I love that God gives us glimpses of who they'll become even as they wear diapers and hang on to coffee tables.

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    1. And it is such a blessing to have memories of that early time, watching a child grow into those gifts.

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  7. As someone whose lack of grace can only be explained by having (at least) five left feet, I love this.
    Nearly as much as I love the image firmly planted in my head of your small dancers...

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    1. Those were such great times. Having little money didn't stop the party at all.

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  8. I can only second Delores; I love seeing little kids dance. Oh, and I part of the can't dance an inch club, too.

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  9. I was thinking about my oldest granddaughter, now 21, who wore out the Jungle Book video, just so she could dance when Mowgli and his tiger (?) walked away at the end. She couldn't walk, she could only stand and wave her arms and bounce her butt.

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    1. Oh! Jungle Book...oh yes. Your gr-daughter and my son had similar dance styles.

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  10. That night must have had a big influence on Johnny's future interest in music. I remember many fun nights when I let my kids stay up way too late and the family gathered in a good time.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Those parties were the best ever. Who needs a dress-up night when some albums and potato chips will .make do.

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  11. So ridiculously popular in their day, yet so unappreciated now. I love Fleetwood Mac.

    Everyone should dance and sing everyday. Skill is not essential.

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    1. I love your perspective. Dance and sing every day.

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  12. I saw Manzanita's Dance series and those posts were awesome!

    Both my husband and I are dancing-impaired. My teen daughter has rhythm (she's a fantastic dancer).

    Your post made me smile remembering a similar scenario at a wedding when our youngest was 3 1/2. He cleared the dance floor and was all over the place. It was pretty fun. He still likes to dance (6 yrs now) but it's hard to say if he'll have rhythm or not...we'll cross our fingers and hope yes. :)

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    1. Oh, the memories you will have. Hope you can grab some pics of his free form dancing!

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  13. I too was raising kids in the '70s. You bring back wonderful memories.

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    1. We were so young then. I didn't know what I was doing--just feeling my way.

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  14. It is such a great memory when a certain evening stands out in your mind. Your son showed his musical ability at age one. I bet he enjoys playing the piano now that he's grown up. I used to drag each kid off to music lessons of some kind and they all thanked me for it years later.

    Just this weekend I was going through a box of old tapes from a Christmas program my adult gals did in the jazz class. I had to watch it and remembered how much fun everyone had. I did the choreography but they designed and made all their own costumes and props, etc. We did the performance for several nursing homes and it was so much appreciated. Dancing makes great memories and thanks for sharing yours with us.

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    1. Dancing and music embed those memories. What a find, all those tapes!

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  15. What wonderful memories - the sort that make one smile even decades later.

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    1. We grandparents live on those memories while creating new ones with the gr-kids.

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  16. There is no better example of freedom than watching kids dance!
    Awesome post!
    Blessings, Joanne

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  17. I loved Manzanita's dance series. When people see me dance they call 911.

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  18. Hi Susan,

    Ah yes, the A to Z of dance with the lovely Manzanita. Oh how we danced. Kids can dance. I dance like a drunken dad at a wedding.

    Johnny the man, from talented child dancer to talented pianist.

    Take care. I'm going now.

    Gary :)

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  19. Obviously your son was musical from the start. It's a rare gift to have perfect pitch. I love watching little kids dance, no inhibitions.

    I saw the San Francisco Ballet, with Maria Tallchief, do the Nutcracker when I was 5. When we got back home my father put on the album. They said I danced all over the house, copying what I had seen on the stage.

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  20. This is such a cute story about your son! It's amazing that he was able to dance to the beat when he was only one! It's apparent that your love of music helped him become a talented pianist! Bravo Susan!

    Julie

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  21. Such a cute story. I love when little kids dance!
    I've always loved to dance, but I'm not the greatest! My most memorable dance was last summer, when we attended a wedding and as my husband and I were dancing, I looked around and was surrounded by both adult daughters with their boyfriends! It was a fun night!

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  22. I love the Tusk album! Haven't heard it in years...
    I also love watching little kids dance, especially when they have natural rhythm, they're so unselfconscious and free with the music. It's adorable.

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