SHIMMYING

A shimmy is a dance move in which the body is held still, except for the shoulders, which are alternated back and forth. When the right shoulder goes back, the left one comes forward. It may help to hold the arms out slightly bent at the elbow.
I’m an extremely energetic person. Even without coffee I bounce off walls. For as long as I can remember I’ve been full of life. I was never an out-of-control kid, just active in a variety of ways. As an adult, my energy hasn’t subsided. I think it’s actually increased. I blame cookies. However, outlets for expending energy seem to be limited for adults. That’s why I often have the urge to dance.

Isn’t life meant to be danced through? It just feels good, doesn’t it? It feels right. I’m not a dancer by any means. I flail. Hop. Pelvic thrust. Shimmy a bit. What's your preferred way to bust a move?

I’ve decided my dancing looks more like an aerobic workout. Sometimes I lose control and accidentally punch people in the face too. Sorry about that, Micaela. A light scar on my forehead goes to show I’m not the only one who likes to let loose on the dance floor. Thanks a lot, Leah.

Some of my happiest, most freeing moments in life have been while dancing. Either I was happy because I was dancing, or I was dancing because I felt free. This week I’ve danced a lot, by myself, in my tiny apartment. Some solo performances have lasted just a few minutes, as I’m getting ready to go out or something. Others have spanned a long time, late into the night when I should've been sleeping instead.

Dancing is more than a way to burn off calories for me. It hits higher than a couple of kicks. I dance when I’m comfortable, when I feel content. When I’m in the right place at the right time, it seems there's nothing better to do about it but dance.

How often do you dance? Do you ever feel like dancing? Have you shaken out a little shimmy today? Remember, "It may help to hold the arms out slightly bent at the elbow..." I plan to master the art of the shimmy. Who's with me?

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