“Your Body adores that song. The next time you dance to it, try to savor the anticipation of that big moment. Something like this.”
Kerry Anne, owner/president of S Factor San Francisco, knelt on the wooden floor in the darkened red-lit room, next the pole where I’d begun my dance. Slowly she humped and slid to illustrate how I might move while verbalizing what my body could say, “It’s coming… I know it’s coming… oh… ooh… I’m soo excited…!”
I’d just finished dancing to Feeling Good (live version) by George Michael. The cheers of my classmates had merged with those of the audience in the recording. I glowed. There was no question I’d dance to it again. I adore most covers of Feeling Good.
I had started at one of the poles and had been impatient to get to the good part, where the band kicks in, unlike when I start at a wall or on the floor.
“Does that make sense?” Kerry Anne asked, standing up.
“Absolutely. Brilliant! I totally get it” I nodded. Her energy reminded me of mine as a kid, bouncing off the walls, waiting for Christmas.
My body sighed, yes, then whispered from that wise place within: Anticipation is the bridge.
One of the movement path/body immersion tools S Factor teaches is living in the desire, the emotion, the feeling in your body. For me, this is easy with joy or passion. It’s much harder with unfulfilled longing. I welcome all emotions, including the painful ones, because they bring growth and gifts on the other side. But it’s not natural for me wallow in them.
I couldn’t wait to play with anticipation the next time I longed for something I couldn’t have.
Playing with Anticipation
A couple weeks later I got my chance.
Towards the end of our warm up my teacher, Amanda, played Draw Your Swords by Angus and Julia Stone. My body yearns to ‘rocking cat’ all day to that song. But Amanda guided us through a series of three or four floor moves, ending with rocking cats. Normally, when something like this happens I follow my body’s desire. I let her do one rocking cat before joining the sequence.
This time I heard Kerry Anne’s words: Savor the anticipation. A big grin lit up my face.
I enjoyed the exquisite torture of every move on the path to that payoff of a rocking cat, as if it were foreplay.
Oh what delicious satisfaction.
Dancing Under the Full Moon Eclipse
It got even better that weekend during the Full Moon Eclipse.
Five friends joined me dancing on the beach. The red-hued moon appeared through the clouds above the dunes as we moved in the sand to Draw Your Swords, one of the songs I included on the playlist for our Goddess Blood Moon beach bliss dancing. My body luxuriated in the most magical mystical rocking cats. Ever.
I’m still experiencing transformations from the energy we conjured.
The next time you find yourself impatient, frustrated or aching while waiting, shift your perspective. Play with anticipation, that feeling of excitement and hope that something is coming.
Have faith that your something is coming, like Susan Walker in The Miracle on 34th Street: I believe. I believe. I believe…
This is the art of savoring. Enjoying something for as long as possible.
Awaken and engage your senses. They connect you to the joy and wonder of the present moment. It’s a beautiful form of moving meditation that you can do outside of pole dance class, wherever you are.
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