In my mind, I am a dancer.
I think I daydream about it at least once a day. More, if I’m being truthful. Usually while I’m listening to music.
But, real life is not a daydream. In the waking world, I have two (backwards) left feet.
The thing is….I think, if I could have gotten over feeling self conscious and awkward and unpretty, I could have been a dancer.
Lucky for me, I have true joy in watching others perform.
From musicals to PBS ballroom dance broadcasts to my children grooving to Nina Simone.
Eartha Kitt teaching a dance class. Yes, that is James Dean.
Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov dance together during a 1976 press conference to announce the premiere of “Pas de Duke,” a duet choreographed for them by Alvin Ailey set to the music of Duke Ellington.
Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder
Dancers, Mott Haven, David Gonzalez, New York.
Katherine Dunham dancing the Florida East-Coast shimmy with dancer Ohardieno during show “Shore Excursion”. New York, NY. 1943
Young Dancers c.1940s
Black burlesque dancer, Lotti the Body
Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly
Audrey & Fred dancing