One of my passions in life is and has always been dance. At one point in my life, I had plans to be a professional dancer. While life may have gotten in the way of making that a reality, my love for the art has never diminished. The grace that the human body is capable of never ceases to amaze me. The style of dance may vary from classical ballet to tap or jazz, from hip hop (in all its varied forms) to contemporary or ballroom. Dance is a part of my DNA. Recently, I have been utterly fascinated watching the current season of Dancing With the Stars. One of the contestants this season is Amy Purdy, a remarkable dancer with a unique and beautiful challenge to overcome. You see, Amy lost her legs to meningitis. Take a look at her elegance and grace in this performance from week 3. (To go directly to the dance, start the video at 2:55.)
After watching Amy perform, I was reminded of another performance I’d seen on my favorite dance show So You Think You Can Dance. Here are members of the Axis Dance Company appearing on the show in 2011.
Today’s poem is a Gra Reformata:
A dancer needs a body filled with grace.
Ev’n if that body has a missing part,
The dancer still has use of time and space.
She fills the space with passion, joy, and heart;
The present moment is her work of art.
By watching her, we soon become aware
That everything she offers is enough,
Extending far beyond what isn’t there.
She’s shown herself to be much more than fluff
And as she dances she proves that she’s tough.
What some would see as inability,
He has transformed to strength beyond compare,
Dancing with astounding agility.
He moves with energy and grace quite rare
For someone who can hardly leave his chair.
His chair has become a part of the whole.
Without it, the dance would not be the same.
He dances boldly expressing his soul.
Fluidity and grace a dancer’s aim
He embodies both of these in his frame.
Being vulnerable, risking rejection,
Dances like these require a connection
These dancers deliver with perfection.
We are all imperfect at just one glance,
But look deeper and look with affection.
Perhaps if we would all just take a chance
We’d find the grace that allows us to dance.
Here’s another graceful gem I uncovered: