Last night, my husband and I went into the city to watch a ballroom dancing competition. I didn’t realize how touching and motivational the experience would be. Almost all of the competing couples were women partnered with their coaches. So these are basically women who love to dance, who practice at area studios, hiring their “teachers” to be their partners for various dances throughout the event. I’m not sure if there was a monetary prize, but trophies lined the stage.
And let me assure you, these women were serious about taking that hardware home. Their make-up and hair were impeccably done and the dresses..oh my..they were stunning! As I found out later sifting through a pop-up dance shop, those sexy little outfits cost THOUSANDS of dollars…and they WEIGH A TON with all the beading!!!
What was most uplifting to me was watching the older women perform. There were three over the age of 90!! And before you get your “awww” on, these seniors were not there for a photo-op, they were there to kick some butt and win! You should have seen the legs on these grannies..heck, you should have seen the definition in their arms and backs! It was unbelievable watching them prance across the floor with men a third their age..OR LESS!
I’ll be honest, sometimes the idea of getting old scares the crap out of me..but I think part of the reason is that I’ve bought into a prepackaged vision of how it’s all destined to unfold. Going to this event last night made me realize that there is an alternate reality out there. But it takes a serious commitment to follow that model and a deep passion for something outside of yourself; something that involves the pursuit of a goal. Aging does come with increased physical and mental challenges, there’s no denying it, but the question becomes do we allow our limitations to dictate our direction? Our engine may sputter a bit (esp first thing in the morning) but most of us still have the steering wheel in our hands!
I told my husband that I wanted to come again next year, not as spectator, but as a participant. I know if we step it up, take it seriously, practice more, STRETCH MORE, and really make an effort we can do it..I really want to do it!
And he agreed.
Right before we left, a woman in a sparkling green dress with wavy blonde hair cascading down her back came out to dance with her partner. She commanded attention with her intensity and beauty as she extended her long arms like a bird in flight. Her coach was completely focused on every move as he confidently guided her through their routine. She was dancing in a wheelchair.