As we step into Year Two of Dancing From Afar with no clear sign of an in-person dance anytime soon, each and every one of us misses the connection we ordinarily feel in seeing our beloved friends and family at a dance, holding hands around the Tree to speak our intentions, singing the songs of Old that draw the ancestors and Great Mystery right to us. With this deep longing, how do we make the next necessary leap?
The next step beyond Dancing From Afar is Connecting From Afar, to creatively connect with each other in meaningful ways that bridge the gaps no matter where we are. We can repurpose the technology at our fingertips to reimagine a universe as big as our hearts, to dismantle the illusion of time and space. Grandmother Spider is whispering in our ears to weave an expanded web that connects us to our existing friends and family, and she inspires us to expand our circle to other dancers and dance communities. This idea is far more than a Facebook or Instagram. We do this to expand our circle, to inspire ourselves, to energetically nourish ourselves, meet new people, witness revelatory ideas, stay strong, invoke self-empowerment, welcome in serendipity, be forever changed for the good — in short, all the reasons we go to the dance in the first place.
The new Connecting From Afar video, hosted by Clyde Hall, Joan Henry, and Rosette Royale will help explain how this could look, and how each and every one of us could benefit and proactively put the ideas into action TODAY, and as the year plays out. Thank you, NCPC, for sponsoring this new project!