|Chris & Debbie|
|Cayte, Sarah & Jan - just so you know!|
We had been across to the Todmorden hafla ---- around a forty five mile drive each way for us, but worth it. We had a great night, with lots of varied performances from dancers of all styles and experience levels. We had had a whale of a time dancing with North Wind - a veritable tribal army of 17 dancers from Chris' various Yorkshire classes. But out of everything we saw, this was the highlight for us. And no, it's not just because we're biased .... it was one of those performances that you don't just watch - you really feel it. Writing about it now takes me back to the first time I ever saw Chris and Debbie duet together, to 'Eireann' (by Afro Celt Sound system) at Helmshore Hafla a good few years ago. That was another breath-taking moment.
|Paulette & Dulcinea - more dancers with soul|
|Chris improvising to Arcomnia|
So what else, for me, turns good dancing into captivating dancing with soul? Put simply (well, as simply as possible, given that I'm in a philosophical mood tonight), it comes from the heart, not from the brain. It is brought to life by feelings, rather than dampened by intellect. Whether consciously or not, it never forgets that we are spirits that have bodies, rather than bodies that just happen to have spirits. And as such it lives, breathes and reaches out to us with true inner beauty.
|Debbie and Clare, drawing me in with colour|
|Les Soeurs Tribales - poetry (and fluidity) in motion!|
|Chris and Debbie (yep, that's me there too!)|
Until next time, happy dancing!