Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fun Friday - The fun of dancing..

It is fun to dance, oh yes, it definitely is:) (and you burn calories too!)
I love to read, for myself and to my kids. That was one of my first loves. But another one of my early passions has been dancing. My mom always remembers that I used to dance down the road as I walked back from school and she would know it was me from really far away as she looked out the window even with a quick glance and even in a group of friends because I would be the one dancing home. Since I grew up in a neighborhood where I could walk with my friends safely in the streets at night, I did so with my very best friend P during the summer holidays. Again, even in the dimming streetlights and away from them, people would know it was us walking - why? - they saw one pair of hands that were gesturing in dance movements - me! We learned classical Indian dance forms at school but I realized as I grew up that we were not learning it the traditional way, we were being taught so we could perform at school functions and much of the meaning/background of the dance was lost in translation. What mattered for me was that I had fun, I loved dancing. One of my friend's mom taught us Indian folk dances that we performed at neighborhood gatherings held annually - these folk dances were fun and energetic and the songs we danced to for these, well, folksy!
As I grew out of school and into college, I stopped dancing (but not at home!) and as I started working, got married, had kids, I was no longer dancing actively - sure, I would sway my body when a song played somewhere but that was it. Then I discovered Bollywood aerobics classes at work - wasn't I glad to work in a company that offered these?! These classes helped me get into a fitness routine, even if it was only because I wanted to feel closer to dance - I loved it.
Then came a chance for me to actually dance on stage! Should I grab it? I pondered over it, well, for a minute and there I was, going to practices at seven in the morning on Saturdays 30 miles away and back before the kids woke up, practicing at lunch hour twice a week and enjoying every minute of it. D-Day arrived and I loved being part of the enthusiastic, committed group of participants who do this every year and have been doing this for sometime. The energy and joy of the group flowed over everyone as we danced and just had fun. That was earlier this year (in October on the occasion of the Indian festival of lights - Diwali) and now I am looking forward to next year.
 

Friday Memes:
Book Beginnings: This is a weekly meme hosted by 'A Few More Pages'.
How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you're reading. Then, if you would like, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. The link-up will be at A Few More Pages every Friday and will be open for the entire week.

"As the carriage pulled away from Union Station, Caroline Jamison almost panicked and called out to the driver, “Wait! Don’t go! I’ve changed my mind! Take me home!”"

Whitson, Stephanie (2010-03-17). Sixteen Brides (p. 9). Bethany House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

The Friday 56 is a bookish meme sponsored by Freda's Voice. It is really easy to participate. Just grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56. Find a sentence that grabs you and post it.

"In the seconds he was out of sight, Caroline read Mr. Drake’s telegram. Sixteen brides arrive 8 P.M. Southern belle. General’s wife. Farm women. All lovely. Sixteen dance cards confirmed. First dance guaranteed. Cash due by noon Friday."Whitson, Stephanie (2010-03-17). Sixteen Brides (p. 56). Bethany House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Both excerpts are from the book 'Sixteen Brides' which I picked as a free Kindle book a few months ago. I liked this book for the strength of its characters and the portrayal of the times it was set in (I have to yet review this one though).
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16 comments:

  1. This one sounds fascinating. I really liked the p. 56...it was so matter-of-fact, but I could imagine the emotions behind those descriptions (of the women described).

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  2. Oh! This does sound interesting. I love seeing what other people are reading.

    Here is mine:

    http://mixedbookbag.blogspot.com/2011/12/book-beginning-on-friday-december-2.html

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  3. I hope there is 16 husbands and not 1... LOL

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  4. So funny you mentioned dancing because I had the best ever dancing course this week. Hope you have a great weekend.
    Hop on over if you have the time:
    http://universeinwords.blogspot.com/2011/12/first-friday-of-december.html
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  5. Hi!
    I've got this one on my TBR list. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Just Books

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  6. The 56 really captured my attention. I'm going to have to look for this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Very interesting 'Friday 56'.

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  8. Bollywod dances are becoming quite the rage! I envy that you're able to continue learning traditional folk dance, it's such a beautiful way of remembering your roots. And you need to post a video of our dance! :)

    16 brides sounds quite a read!

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  9. @Creations by Laurel-Rain Snowthis was a book I started reading with mixed feelings but as I continued, ended up loving it..

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  10. @JC Jonesthanks for visiting.. this book is a good read

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  11. @fredamans:) not to worry.. these women are too strong willed for one man.

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  12. @Juli @ Universe in Picturesthanks for the visit. Glad you had a wonderful dance class! Nowadays, I am mainly dancing to Wii..

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  13. @SquirrelQueenthanks! can you imagine how she must have felt reading that?:)

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  14. @aloiwill definitely post it.. maybe in next week's Fun Friday post :)

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Love to hear from you! I do read all your comments and do reply whenever I can.. but I will definitely hop on over to visit you...