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When was the last time you went to a Dance? I recently asked this question to some of my co-workers, and they all looked rather blank. The general consensus was ‘not since school’, or ‘is that the same as a disco?’ and in particular the men said they avoided dancing at all costs. What transpired was that many people still remembered painful experiences from school dances and discos, of not being asked to dance or being rebuffed, and being laughed at when they did venture onto the dance floor. The same people said they often put on loud music when at home alone, and danced round their living rooms (memories of Bridget Jones!). 

This care-free dancing which we indulge in privately gives a tremendous sense of freedom, liberation and joy. So what stops us from experiencing this in public? Look around you, and see how little children love dancing and are completely uninhibited. What happens to us that we learn to be inhibited, and stop doing activities which give us pleasure?

Personally, I choose to be uninhibited and not to worry or care what others think I look like, especially on the dance floor. Last Saturday, my good friends the Creative Cows in Chipping Campden, put on an old-fashioned dance. I haven’t had so much fun in a long, long time. They are going to do it again in June as it was such a blast. 

Mark Twain said: “Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody is watching.” 

Good advice if you ask me.