Enlightenment through Dance

ruedaI am a long time believer in dance as a spiritual practice.

I’ve been learning and practicing a form of dance known as salsa rueda de casino, or simply Salsa Rueda for around 10 years now, and I believe it is an addiction I never will shake. Imagine square dancing in a circle, with an infusion of sensual salsa moves. The caller is also a dancer. It’s a playful and flirtatious dance that is about the most fun I have ever had in my life.

This is how I met my partner (in life, parenting, and dance). It is amazing to be able to share this passion with the person I love. It is especially a blessing that he is such a good dancer; I always appreciate coming back to him after a dance with somebody else!

I spent this weekend in San Francisco at the annual Salsa Rueda Festival. Teachers and dancers arrive from all over the country, actually, all over the world. There are 15-20 classes daily, and parties with dance performances and live music each night. May I repeat: so much fun!

My partner and I took a private class Friday with David Huo. He is the man that is responsible for introducing Salsa to China. He is on Chinese TV every day, and is an amazing dancer, stellar teacher, and a very kind person as well. I have a total and complete dance-crush on him. See him here; you will not be disappointed. It will be three minutes well-spent.

Inspired by three great group classes, plus the private with the master above, I headed out for a night of dancing with my partner and friends. About halfway through the night, after numerous dances and I-lost-track-of-how-many shots of tequila, I arrived at this Zen place.

Mindful movement, especially dance, is meditation. I am pure reception when I get into the zone, my ears open to the music, listening for cues that will tell me how to move my body; and my vision and tactile awareness completely tuned into my partner, picking up pulls and pushes and light touches that tell me what to do and where to go. Complete bliss. Total mindfulness. Highly recommended.

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One thought on “Enlightenment through Dance

  1. This is way too cool, I was actually working on a post about dancing as a way to get to know yourself better. Like any good Cuban, salsa runs through my veins. Thanks for sharing.

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