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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

“Dance like no one is watching?” If they are watching, you might look like this. So what!


I have a memorable photo of my rear end while clutching the hand of my partner, a young Italian guy.

This was taken 4 years ago at our last “Language and Culture” course. Joe and I spent the summer in Bratislava and the language was Slovak. Joe took the photo. He is NOT dancing.

Our current course “Lithuanian Language and Culture” is online. Still, we had the opportunity to “participate” in a folkdance workshop
.
There we were on the screen in typical ZOOM fashion all in our little windows.
We learned the history and significance of the traditional dances. We saw several videos of performances.



Then it was our turn. We were invited to join along with 23 of our classmates from 4 continents.
I did. Joe did not. No surprise there.

Now the windows contained images of people clapping, kicking, spinning around and bumping rear ends with an imaginary partner.
I wish I had a photo of that, but my official photographer didn’t get a screen shot.

It’s OK. When we are finally allowed to travel, we will attend the course in Lithuania in person just as we did in Slovakia twice and I will get up and dance again.

I first saw the original “dance” quote as the tag line of sparker Phebess, someone whose approach to life I have long admired.

The original source is subject to dispute. However, the sentiment is perfect for me.
Dance like no one is watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt
Sing like no one is listening
Live like it’s heaven on earth.

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