I’m a dancer
I’m a Morris dancer, performing on a village green. An ancient routine to an unwritten melody passed from generation to generation. I celebrate the seasons, the harvest, the gifts of nature.
I have little finesse; I’m sometimes drunk; my dance may appear comical, but I perform energetically and enthusiastically. The Morris dance is my life.
I’m a ballet dancer. My dance is complex and tightly choreographed. The classical score is played by a full orchestra. Costume and scenery add to the spectacle.
I’m a disciplined, highly trained athlete. I’m graceful. I jump, I spin. I perform with others, I dance my pas-de-deux or my solo. Always the detail is vital. The ballet is my life.
I’m a contestant on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. My expert mentor teaches me. I glide effortlessly in my waltz, fight the bull in my pasodoble, express my emotions in the tango. There is always a new routine to learn.
I perform: judges criticise; the audience applauds; television viewers have opinions. I am never eliminated. ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ is my life.’
Dance of Life
My repertoire includes many other dances:
- I’m a tap dancer listening and responding to the rhythms of life.
- I’m a line dancer alongside my friends. We learn together. We make mistakes together.
- I’m the party dancer, dad-dancing, embarrassing my children, shamelessly celebrating.
- I’m a street and hip-hop dancer learning and reflecting the dances of a new generation.
Lord of the Dance
I dance with and for the Lord of the Dance, the creator, choreographer and dance leader in my daily public performance. I try to keep in step with him and with those around me. He teaches me each new routine.
He allows me to be a creative individual, to express my feelings and emotions. This personal, unique dance is my life.