Hurricane Sandy and the Power of Dance as Language

Right before writing this post I got up to make a cup of tea.  Looking out my front window at the street, I see the water rising and blowing around, tree branches whipping with gusts of wind, and I cannot even imagine what it is like for those in the worst areas of the storm.  Here, it’s a reason to cancel classes and activities, bunker in for the night and think of all of those in potential danger.

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Take out the possibility of those we love being harmed, and it’s actually a little exciting.  Think about it – class is ending and we are all told to go immediately home and stay there.  Granted it’s to be protected from potential high winds.  Yet here I am, sitting in my apartment, enjoying a cup of tea, being updated about the storm.  I’m bunkered in and cozy for the night.  I made some dinner (mac n cheese, chicken, swiss chard), and now I’m having a cup of tea while curled up on the couch writing blog posts and papers.  Can we ask for anything more out of a rainy, windy night?
All of that being said, I am constantly thinking of those who are in harm’s way tonight – especially my brother and sister-in-law, along with my boyfriend’s sister and her husband.  And I’ll leave you with a quote I came across that truly captures why I’m studying dance.

“The power of dance lies in its nonverbal nature, in its ability to communicate concepts and emotions beyond language” – Michelle Kranicke & Lara Pruitt

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