What is the most important thing to learn if you want to be a Goddess of dance? Is it training? Or is it being fit and thin? Is it knowing all of the steps and being the first to perform them right?
What if I told you that its none of those things? That’s not to say that dancers don’t need to train or have healthy bodies, and learning and remembering steps is important. But you can perform the steps perfectly and not be truly dancing.
You can have perfect technique, but if you dance without heart and soul, you might as well be a robot. And, there are amazing dancers out there who have never had any training, who have different bodies, and don’t know the proper names of steps. And when they embody the Goddess, they become a Goddess of dance.
A Goddess Dances From Her Heart
Dance is an expression of emotion, of love. It is a passionate art form, not just a series of moves. Without heart and soul, dance is not dance.
All art forms are about communicating and expressing the human condition and human experiences. There is always a story to tell. There are always feelings to share, even if those feelings are dark. And even an absence of feeling can be expressed in order to tell a story.
The most important thing you need to learn if you want to be a Goddess of dance, is how to embody the love and passion in your soul and express it through your movement. That means you must be connected to you heart. You must be in alignment with your soul. Only then can you set it free.
A Goddess of Dance Expresses Her Soul
Dance is not always joyful. Sometimes we express rage, or fear, or even death with dance. But what dance requires is that we embody these emotions in order to express them and share them with the outside world. It’s not something we can fake. It has to be real.
Real dancing exudes soul. It is a way of speaking the longings, desires and dreams of the soul. Our body beomes the vessel for this passion and we speak in a new language.
Dance without soul is more like going to the gym. Many people dance that way, and it isnt bad. It is still healthy and probably fun. But if you want to be a Goddess of Dance, you must dance with your soul.
A Goddess of Dance Isn’t Self Critical
A Goddess of Dance is in love with her body. She is in love with being in her body, moving her body, expressing her heart and soul with her body. This need not be sexual, though it certainly can be. Whatever feels honest and right. Because a Goddess of Dance is alive in her own beautiful sensuality, her love, and the freedom of her soul.
It’s important to remember that a Goddess of Dance knows that her dancing is a celebration to be shared. That doesn’t mean we can’t love and enjoy dancing alone. But she recognizes that it is nothing to be ashamed of or to hide.
There are no mistakes or problems. Dancing with heart and soul is already perfect. Our ow personal best is already the most beautiful gift we can give ourselves. Missteps are simply steps done in a way not originally intended. They are neither good nor bad, and there is no need to judge them.
That doesn’t mean we don’t work to improve, but we work from a place of self compassion and support, rather than judging, negative self talk, or criticism. We can always work harder, do better and shine brighter from a place of love.
From Folklore Dancing to Embodiment Dance
At Embodied Goddesses, we are creating a new kind of folk dance. Every culture around the globe has some kind of folklore dancing in its history. And often, these dances were paying tribute to the Gods or Goddesses. Whether dances for rain or celebrating the harvest, folklore dances are traditionally community dances that bring the people together.
In the Embodied Goddesses “Goddess Yourself” program, we created simple, fun and beautiful dances that also celebrate the various Goddesses. And every person who goes through the program will be able to learn and share these dances with others. We can’t wait to bring the world together through the love of dance, music and the Goddess.
The Goddess of Dance, Terpsichore
A very famous archetype in history is that of Terpsichore. In ancient Greece, the nine muses were celebrated and revered. Terpsichore was the patron of lyric poetry and dancing. Her name literally means “Delighting in Dance” from the Greek words terpsis “to delight” and khoros “dance”. Throughout this embodiment course, we will become muse dancers ourselves just like the in Terpsichore greek mythology.
Goddess of Music Roman and Greek
In Greco-Roman times, the nine muses represented various forms of artistic expression. They were most notably given music goddess names by Homer in his great work the Odyssey. There was Calliope, the muse of heroic or epic poetry. Then there was her sister, Clio, the muse of history. The third was named Erato, the muse of lyric and love poetry. An the fourth sister was Euterpe, the music of music or flutes. Melpomene was the muse of tragedy, and her sister, Polymnia, embodied sacred poetry and mimic art. Thalia was known as the muse of comedy, and her sister, Urania, the must of astrology. They were, together with Terpsichore, the goddesses of the liberal arts.
Other Examples of Mythological Dance
Dance is a form of communication, and regardless of the style, there is always a story, a message. Ballet has famously told the stories of Romeo and Juliette, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and many, many more. But even much earlier, traditional African dances generally served three purposes: Ritual (religious), Ceremonial, and Griotic (storytelling). And one of the greatest inspirations for storytelling from around the world is mythology.
Mythology literally means means “the spoken story of the people,” so you can begin to see how mythological dance has evolved over the years. Practically every ancient religion had a “dancing deity.” The Goddess Bastet, sometimes referred to as the daughter of the Egyptian Goddess Isis, embodied the qualities of sensual pleasure, music, dancing and health.The Hindu religion tells the story of the creation of the universe through the dance of the Supreme Dancer Nataraja. In Hindu culture, dance is practiced on almost a daily basis.
Be Your Own Goddess of Dance
So, now you can see how important dance has been throughout history, and it is certainly a spiritual thing. We embody the Goddess in may ways, but through dance we can really connect to her blessings. And the community aspect of dancing is also really special.
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