More Time To Read? Here You Go ...

More Time To Read? Here You Go ...

We recently welcomed a new terrific instructor Larisa to our Dancify family. Can't wait for all of you to get to know her better! But - since she can't teach you at the moment in person, she wrote a couple fun and easy-to-follow pieces (related to DANCE, of course!). Enjoy!


What Gets You To Move.....??

We all have our own form of “movement”......meaning what “drives” you, what pushes you forward, what inspires and thrives within you.....????
For me, it has always been dance......
I’ve always asked people......what is it that you did when you were a young child.....when you were happy or sad, angry, bored, or mad......
What was the one thing that you always would go to that allowed you to escape.....the activity that became your retreat?
It’s okay to look back upon that......to recognize and treasure your long lost inner child......
This is your truest and most authentic self....this is who you originally were.....before the entire rest of the world got a hold of you......
For me....when I was happy or sad or lonely or mad......I found dance......or, maybe, dance, actually, found ME.....??!!!
I don’t know and I don’t think that I really care.....if I were to investigate much further, it would just end up being a never ending and useless question of the cliche question of what came first.....the chicken or the egg......hahahahaha.....
At the end of the day, does it even really matter which came first???
If it makes you happy, it makes you happy.....and, honestly, THAT’S the answer to the question that matters most!!!!
So, now, the only question that remains for YOU is what.....
TRULY....”MOVES”....YOU......????


What Is Your Why?

What gets you out of your bed in the morning and keeps you motivated and active and loving your life and why??
How do these things make you feel? What kinds of passions do they stir up in you? In what ways do they fulfill you?

I dance because it allows me to emote and express myself. It allows me to play and act out different characters.....different aspects of myself that I don’t feel as comfortable showing the world in everyday life. It allows me to feel music on an even deeper level. It allows me to get in touch with myself, my soul.....

What keeps you moving forward in YOUR life? What are the things that drive you and remind you that life is so very beautiful and so very worth living.....??

This New Year of 2020 has ALREADY proven itself to be QUITE extraordinarily momentous, even just a few month in, yeah? I don’t think that there is a single person on the planet right now that would deny that, ha!!

As scary and confusing as these times are right now, let’s try to find the good in it....
Let us try to flip our perspective from one of fear to one of understanding, compassion, and, even gratitude.....yes, gratitude.....

Gratitude for the time and the freedom right now to spend your days with your loved ones, getting to reconnect with them more and appreciate those that you hold dear to you....even if you live alone and you are, actually, spending more quality time with yourself.....well, WONDERFUL!!! Get to know yourself all over again and better than maybe you ever had previously in your life! I would be willing to bet that by doing so, you will discover hidden interests, gifts, talents that you never had the opportunity previously to explore or even know that they even existed there within you at all!!

How can I claim all of this with such confidence?? Well, I myself went through my own personal extreme difficulties and challenges these past couple of years to the point that a break from my life as I had always known it was “forced” upon me.....
Coming from a person who has always had at least 2 to up to 5 jobs at any given time since she was 13 years old....to suddenly not be working at all and to be taken out of my normally very active physical and social life and into a MUCH quieter and calmer one with my family was certainly a HUGE shock to my system, to say the very, very least, ha!!

However, I learned to appreciate getting to know my family all over again as an adult, as, of course, I had changed (and, they as well) quite a bit since the last time that I had lived with them....since before college.....I was still just such a kid back then.....but, to be brought back to the memories of being an excited teenager about to start college in pursuit of a Journalism career reminded me how much I used to enjoy writing.....I had, absolutely, forgotten about this part of myself as I ended up changing my major to Psychology, minoring in Spanish, with my hobby of dancing becoming my career.....ha! Go figure.....

Wellllll......figure is EXACTLY what I DID do.....!!! This newfound enormous abundance of time and lack of stress and anxiety that I had always been so very enveloped with, concerning all of the responsibilities that went along with my living and work and social situations provided the space that I had needed for SOOO many years (I would, actually, venture to say my entire life, in fact!!!) to be able to go within and rediscover just who exactly Larisa was again......what truly makes her feel happy and fulfilled and at peace in her life.....and, let me tell you, I learned a WHOLE lot about her that I never would have to the degree that I did had I not had this time and space to really examine myself like this and fully explore my feelings on all aspects of my own life, as well as, life as a whole.....and, still am doing now that I’ve opened myself up to her again.....:))

For instance, to have been gifted with the “distance” necessary to have taken myself out of my routine(s) allowed me to, ironically, look back upon my life from the outside back in and start putting all of the puzzle pieces together of everything that had happened through all of the twists and turns of my journey that had brought me to precisely where I am today and how it ALL connected and not a SINGLE bit of it was any sort of a waste.....in fact, it’s the thread of it all, I discovered, is what provided me with every bit of knowledge and “lessons” that allowed me to see that the whole thing was and still IS, of course, the most intricately and carefully woven, absolutely MIRACULOUS grandest of master plans!!!.....and that it all has come together in THE most MAGICAL of ways!!!!
I returned to my love of writing (obviously!!) and discovered that I not only have a passion for writing articles such as these, but, that I, also, have a VERY deep and cathartic love of writing poetry!! Who would have known??!! Not this girl had she not allowed herself to be open to trying out new ideas.....!!

My journey of self-discovery led me into starting a couple of YouTube channels and online videos, having started to understand just how important it is to share these types of learnings and insights with others.....not to mention because I was “stuck” at home for most of my hours every day with no outside job/income coming in, hardly any social interaction and verging on complete boredom, to be quite honest! :))

I needed to “think outside the box” and figure out a new way to “be”.....a new way to express myself and engage with others and make some money in some way while I was at it......but, remotely.....
Sounding familiar??? :)))

This all took me so far outside of my comfort zone on SO many different levels.....one of the most profound for me being creating content verbally, on camera, andddd speaking about quite personal topics, to boot.....!!! Ha! :))....it’s a very, very vulnerable thing for me, but, one I decided to start tackling as I knew that having these fears within me was precisely, exactly WHY I needed to face them!!!!

I must say......this is by far one of the VERY greatest accomplishments for me on a truly personal level.....I mean, what a lonnggggg way to have come from the SEVERELY shy girl growing up who was terrified to be asked to say even one single word in class......but, you know what, it’s through my lifelong love of dance that afforded me the motivation and incentive to learn how to speak in front of large groups of people.....my love for dance, as well as my confidence instilled in me due to my knowledge of the subject matter......not to mention, my study of Psychology (as well as sometimes my “bit” of a grasp of the Spanish language) is something that I, ABSOLUTELY, utilize on a daily basis and, no doubt, contributed throughout my life as strengthening my social and interpersonal skills.....

I really could go on and on about the myriad of ways in which my time off last year, my self-quarantine, if you will.......... shaped me into SUCH a different person in ENORMOUSLY positive ways.....truly transforming me and my entire life....taking the “bad” that I had been dealt and learning how to transmute it into good.....:))

I even have a re-ignited passion for dance all over again....a much deeper awareness than ever before of JUST how VERY important and, I actually want to say IMPERATIVE it is that we ALL find the ways in which we emote and express ourselves.....this is how you get back in touch with your feelings and touch those of others.....and, feelings are what drive your passion for life....and it’s your passion that fuels your fire for desire to live your best life and to be that example for others to do the same for themselves, to spark their interests in discovering their own deeply hidden gifts and/or allowing the ones that they are already aware of to get a renewal of excitement, a rebirth of sorts in their lives.....and, THIS, my friends, is how we change the world for the better!!!! One.....person.....at a time.....it IS absolutely and truly possible!!!!

So, anyway, enough about me!!! That was PLENTY, I know!!!!

Back to YOU!!!! So, with allllll of that being said, how are you going to take full advantage of this beautiful opportunity that you’ve been given??!! What are the things that you are grateful for and you can appreciate right now? What inspires and motivates YOU???....and, how can you share it with the rest of the world???

The fact that we are ALL in this together now is something that is not only unifying and supportive, but, the amount of POWER that lies within this being not only something that is affecting us all individually, but, also, collectively, is UNPRECEDENTED for us all within our present lifetimes!!!!

Let’s not take that lightly.....we have the power to effect change in the world, across the globe and all the way back around again like never before....

So, I’ll ask you now this - how are YOU going to use YOUR POWERS for Good???!!!!

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