Dare to Dance Your Shadow
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Trick or treat, here is an opportunity for bringing hidden impulses to the light...the spotlight.
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Bellydance is an expressive dance which emphasizes complex movements of the torso. Originally a Middle Eastern folk dance, it has evolved to take many different forms depending on the country and region, both in costume and dance style. New styles have evolved in the West as its popularity has spread globally.
Discover you Shadow-Side Giddess
There is some satisfaction in seeing the enactment of hidden desires, fears, and even pain, in an artful way. Spooky qualities in your dance can reveal deep impulses. Tribal dance frequently offers these inclinations full expression; and with a fascinating snake-like hiss.
In Jungian psychology the Shadow side is the unconscious aspect of your personality which your conscious ego tries to ignore. According to the famous therapist Carl Jung, the less you know your shadow side the more likely it is to enter your world in unhealthy, even destructive ways. It seems preferable to act them out on stage...for the benefit of all. That is one of the reasons it can actually be very healthy to help these dark impulses find form in dance. Acknowledging the mysterious side of yourself will help you to integrate all aspects of the self, and therefore create more self-knowledge and choice. Choice to move toward the light. Even plants know how to lean toward the light!
It is thought that these shadows may represent primitive animal instincts, or even a alter ego side of your personality. When expressed in Dance it can be captivating, much like scary movies and thrilling mystery stories catch our attention.
The shadow side can also represent positive unknown instincts and visions. Having many layers, it is often a place where creativity can spring forth and unearth repressed ideas. It is thought that psychic impulses can arise from this hidden side. With awareness, and expression in a safe way, the shadow side can help you assimilate your golden shadow...what you secretly admire and want. When the dance flows freely and your creativity soars, this is a semi conscious fountain of blending between the hidden and the known; were Art loves to live. Here the dance takes on its own meaning; a meaning true to all who are watching, because it is part of the collective unconscious, as well as what we easily see.
Art is the place of the inner landscape. Dance is non-verbal, maybe pre-verbal, and it evokes gut level reaction. Belly Dance in particular, and specifically Tribal, offers expression for gothic, hidden, folk-loric, not-such-rule-following-good-girl persona, but unique expression. It brings to light strength and individuality. When I first saw FatChanceBellyDance there was a lot of freedom in their expression, and it was not about following traditional cabaret rules. This is refreshingly provocative.
If you are pressuring yourself to always be beautiful, and nice, and kind, and your dance is always lovely, perhaps it is time to try a little spooky shadow effect. You just mind entrance your audience...and yourself, into embracing and illuminating deeper aspects of your wholeness. Dance your shadow side if you dare, and discover more about who you really are. Everyone will love to watch!
Meredith Zelman narissi, Contributor: Meredith Zelman Narissi is a mystagogue: a person who initiates others into the knowledge of sacred mysteries. She does this in her Mind body Polarity therapy practice, when teaching meditation, yoga and belly dance classes. She holds a double Masters degree in Art and Education. Having been an Art teacher, an interior designer, and a presenter, she loves dabbling in the arts. Meredith believes in the inherent healing nature of self-expression. With an extensive background in Professional... (more...)