I am a human who dances a lot. Like, a lot a lot. My editorial career started as a scene reporter for a rave magazine in the mid-’90s, where dancing was seen as so important that the style guide made it clear that the word was to be capitalized: Dance, like God.
25 years later, that editorial decision strikes me as unbelievably twee (these days, I don’t capitalize either word).
…Then again, I have a mirror and barre in my living room. I have a daily devotional dance practice. I wake up most days and dance my prayers. I wind down some days dancing my gratitudes. I’ve taught conscious dance courses. I take Cuban Salsa classes in the evenings, and sometimes go to sober day raves in the mornings.
Dance probably does play an upper-case role in my life.
When I was teaching conscious dance, the biggest lesson I was trying to teach my students was that you could use a simple freestyle dance every morning as a mindfulness practice.
Bafflingly, one of the most common questions I would get from students was how to find good music for the morning dance.
“Oh, that’s the easiest part,” I would tell them. “As long as you’ve got a few playlists you like, you just pop one open and click shuffle — let the algorithm be your musical tarot card!”
See, I use the Spotify algorithm in the same way some people use tarot cards.
Some folks pull a card each morning, to see what perspectives the images and symbols can pull out of their subconscious.
Me? Every morning, I pull up one of my favorite playlists, press shuffle, and let the algorithm serve up a song. I dance it through and see what shows up.