May I tell you a really poorly kept secret? I love the Groove! Like, from the depth of my very being, I love it! Let me tell you why.... I've spent most of my life as an athlete. Since childhood, I've been involved in some form of physical activity, including soccer as a kid, into triathlons and running as an adult. Even though I always enjoyed being physical, it was really in my 30s that I embraced athletics purely for the joy of it. To be honest, the athletics of my 20s typically involved a lot of beer, but I digress. Over my years, I've bounced back and forth between being a "typical" athlete and being an "atypical" athlete. I've had periods of time in my life where I've been the lean, mean, fighting machine kind, and periods in my life where I've been the round, sound, glorious mound kind. But no matter my shape, I've always been an athlete. Unfortunately, the mindset in our society, and even in my own head on my less confident days, is that we're only healthy and an actual athlete if we're the former, not the latter. That somehow, our accomplishments, efforts, and movements are less real or meaningful if we're not at the top of our game, the king of the heap, and most importantly skinny! Which is kind of mean and, more importantly, utter bullshit. Even in my peak running days in my 30s, I was never on the podium. I was solidly, joyfully, and enthusiastically middle of the pack, and I DID ALL THE THINGS! But, as the years packed on, so too did my middle, as well as my body being less and less able to do and be the way it was. Those less confident days grew in number as my weight climbed higher, my recovery days grew longer, and my injuries became more frequent. It steadily became harder to do all the things, and some of the things became out of reach. For example, given the arthritis in my 13-times sprained ankles, learning Parkour is simply out of the question. In this aging body, I was losing my identity as an athlete. Then, along came Groove! I took a class from Natalie, and I was hooked! Dancing? AWESOME! Sweating? Bring it! Movement my own way? PINCH ME! When Natalie provided the opportunity for me to become a facilitator of the Groove, I joyfully shimmied my way down this awesome path! The very premise of this movement experience is that you are perfect, just the way you are. Groove doesn't simply say you don't have to look like anyone else -- it emphatically dares you NOT to look like anyone... except you. We are uniting on the dancefloor as a unique community, doing the same moves together, but expressing them in our own, delicious way! Movement is exceptional for the mind, body, and soul, and Groove is bringing that in ways the feel delectable, yummy, and accessible to YOU. There is no agenda, no end game, no expectations in a Groove class. However it is that you want to express our united moves, whatever modification you need to make (need a chair? Let's do it!), in all the glorious ways of being authentically yourself, that is the gift of Grooving.
Come Groove with me! We'll be athletes together, in our very own uniques and marvelous way!