Growing up, I surrounded myself with sports. You could find me on the soccer field, basketball court, and softball field. I played sports all the way through high school, and athletics in general played a huge role in my life. Unlike other young girls I knew growing up, I never took a dance class. I never owned a leotard or ballet slippers, and I never danced across the stage for a recital. As much as I love sports, I wish I could dance. As Gene Kelly said, “You dance joy. You dance love. You dance dreams.”
As much as I wish I could dance, I have come to the realization that I’m just not cut out for it. I lack the flexibility, balance, and fluidity that give dancers the power to mesmerize others. I’m much more at home kicking a soccer ball or running with my feet steadily hitting the treadmill. I’ll just have to enjoy watching others dance, whether it be in a movie or at an actual performance. Although maybe I could be a “dance mom” when I’m older. You never know.
Earlier today, I spent a good amount of time on StumbleUpon searching for a blog post topic. I then happened upon a beautiful set of photographs taken by photographer Jordan Matter. The photographs come from his book Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday. Each image shows a dancer in locations across the country posing in such a way that Matter can capture the “passion with their bodies.” There’s quite a few images to marvel at, and I’ve included my favorites below.
Click here for the StumbleUpon link where you can view all the photographs.
Click here for photographer Jordan Matter’s website.
These photographs not only give me an appreciation for the art of dance, but they also encourage me to travel. Seattle, Washington, D.C. and New York City are only a few locations of the photographs. If anyone knows where some of the other photos were taken, please let me know. I’d love to one day see these locations in person. Until then, I’ll just be mesmerized by the beauty of the images.