Today’s Daily Post Word is Agile. This is a word that until this mid-point in my life would have made me think immediately of my dancing adventures. I have, after all, been dancing in living rooms, at local dance studios, university dance departments, big-city dance studios, at social dance soirees and quirky indy venues for for four decades.
Tango dancers in Montreal
As I grow older, however, being agile of mind seems even more important. I’ve always had a good, restless mind. I manage change well and enjoy learning new things. I love travel- the ultimate learning activity- and as a result, have extensively explored cities in four continents. International travel certainly requires agility.
Me. on a camel in Qatar- photo credit Berdj Mora
Now I’ve come to the point where I realize that learning new things is about more than beefing up my already solid resume or repertoire. It is about staying agile, remaining mentally alert, challenging myself, learning more about myself, keeping myself interested in life and not succumbing to the drudgery of the daily grind.
As a lifelong dancer, I propose that dance is the ultimate non-verbal form of communication, as it requires no verbal or written language, no technology or instrument other than the human body. It produces conversations that can transcend languages, borders and centuries. It can soothe, incite, problem-solve, entertain, arouse, affect, remember, etc, just like conventional verbal conversation. Dance is elusive and hard to photograph, but here are some of my favorites that I have managed to capture over the years.
Within of my favorite places, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, I recently discovered the reinvigorated Native Flora Garden. I found it to be an incredible escape from thejangle of life in New York City. Brookyn’s three million human inhabitants so often get the upper hand and it is easy to forget that we are not alone in the city. This garden is cool and quiet and ripe with life, the perfect respite on a busy summer day.