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energizing rhythms

Posted Aug 28 2009 8:07pm

Still feeling weak, presumably, from the exciting events of chemo on Friday. It feels like the transfusion has still not kicked in–last time I felt a surge on Monday following the Friday’s transfusion. I suppose the body doesn’t always react exactly the same given the circumstances.

one of my pairs of tap shoes

one of my pairs of tap shoes

I listened to some old school funk and then some Stevie Ray Vaughan in the afternoon and got totally revved up to dance. My legs were wobbly and weak, but I figured even twenty minutes of dancing would energize me. Between the back restrictions and the weakness, I opted for some rhythmic exercises with my favorite steps: paddle and roll four- and five-count, five-count riffs combined with brush backs. Working on these steps, easy as they are, I was amazed at how hard I had to concentrate to get my body and feet to keep the beat. It used to be that I could dance for hours, and, often, the longer I danced, the more I kept going. I rarely got tired when I danced, whether I was teaching or choreographing or performing. It was always exhilarating.

Now, my knees buckle, and my legs shake. Haha, of course, I’m not in the shape that I used to be, so that’s part of it, I’m sure. But, I can feel the drain on my energy from the other stuff going on inside me. It feels different from being just tired; it’s a weariness that seems to emanate from the core and seep through my body and limbs.

I try to ignore it. Dancing helps a lot. It doesn’t matter to me that I cannot make my body jump,  leap or turn right now; I can do it in my heart and my head. And, being able to make rhythms is one of the best parts of dance–tap dance. Right now, all that matters to me is that I can put on my shoes and make some rhythms. Even when I’m worn out, I can tap out the rhythms with my hands. Rhythmic movement is always refreshing for me. Even now that I’m fatigued, my mind is filled with various rhythms that I need to jot down so I’ll remember to work on them when I put my shoes back on tomorrow. I can’t wait.

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Still feeling weak, presumably, from the exciting events of chemo on Friday. It feels like the transfusion has still not kicked in–last time I felt a surge on Monday following the Friday’s transfusion. I suppose the body doesn’t always react exactly the same given the circumstances.

one of my pairs of tap shoes

one of my pairs of tap shoes

I listened to some old school funk and then some Stevie Ray Vaughan in the afternoon and got totally revved up to dance. My legs were wobbly and weak, but I figured even twenty minutes of dancing would energize me. Between the back restrictions and the weakness, I opted for some rhythmic exercises with my favorite steps: paddle and roll four- and five-count, five-count riffs combined with brush backs. Working on these steps, easy as they are, I was amazed at how hard I had to concentrate to get my body and feet to keep the beat. It used to be that I could dance for hours, and, often, the longer I danced, the more I kept going. I rarely got tired when I danced, whether I was teaching or choreographing or performing. It was always exhilarating.

Now, my knees buckle, and my legs shake. Haha, of course, I’m not in the shape that I used to be, so that’s part of it, I’m sure. But, I can feel the drain on my energy from the other stuff going on inside me. It feels different from being just tired; it’s a weariness that seems to emanate from the core and seep through my body and limbs.

I try to ignore it. Dancing helps a lot. It doesn’t matter to me that I cannot make my body jump,  leap or turn right now; I can do it in my heart and my head. And, being able to make rhythms is one of the best parts of dance–tap dance. Right now, all that matters to me is that I can put on my shoes and make some rhythms. Even when I’m worn out, I can tap out the rhythms with my hands. Rhythmic movement is always refreshing for me. Even now that I’m fatigued, my mind is filled with various rhythms that I need to jot down so I’ll remember to work on them when I put my shoes back on tomorrow. I can’t wait.

5 6 7 8

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