Last night I was fortunate to be invited by great friends to the centennial celebration at a local country club. A very impressive event and every element that I feel is needed for a good party was executed superbly. Delicious food, cool people, spacious venue, and, my favorite, a raucous live band. Besides loving live music, a band in this context usually allows for the opportunity to do one of my favorite activities…dance! If there is an opportunity to cut a rug, it is a pretty safe to assume that I will be out there and I think the reasons why might also shed some insight into how to approach life and business.
Why we should get on the dance floor of life.
Dance requires an openness to being vulnerable.
Dancing is kind of like singing, painting, playing an instrument or other types of art in that you’re putting a little (or a lot) of yourself out there. There’s obviously risk to that. People might not like what they see, hear, or experience. I’m reminded of the Seinfeld when Elaine was ostracized for her jerking uncoordinated dance movements. Getting out on the dance floor and busting a move provides some element of risk. It might be small when you’re amongst friends or greater when in a group of strangers, potential business contacts, community members. The floor can serve as a metaphor for facing the risks that life requires you to take from time to time. Let it be a training ground for leaning in.
Dancers are a small community.
Once you’re on the floor there’s the potential to meet new friends. We might have different jobs, political affiliations, etc., but on the floor none of it matters. We’re all in for one thing…having a kick ass time. High fiving, choreographed movements, or in the case of last night, passing around a powerful dance generating Havana Night hat. It’s good to be a part of something Join in.
Dance brings two elements together in synchronicity.
On the dance floor two things come together in a brilliant remarkable way – music and movement. It is one of the best concoctions and when at its best can almost reach levels of spirituality. One such example occurred when I was in Colombia South America last November. I was at a club that was playing a great mix of latin hits and salsa. I was dancing with a woman for probably two hours. Heat, sweat, loud music, seemingly perfect rhythm. At one point I think we both got completely immersed in the moment. Doing the “Electric Slide” at a wedding doesn’t reach THAT level of synchronicity, however, it’s safe to say that bringing two things together can bring more than what either element can bring is isolation. 1+1=3, if you will. What can you combine? Will the combination of them bring more value than either element would bring by itself? Relationships? Products? Ideas?
The dance floor is where the action is.
Dance floors possess a flurry of activity. Movement. Energy. It’s hard not to notice the dance floor. Both when busy, and when it’s empty. Even an empty dance floor has a compelling energy. It actually kind of speaks to me – “Get out here Steve. You know you want to.” Where is the action in your life or business? Are you where the action is? Do you feel compelled to be there? Do you need to?
Dancing is appreciated.
Lastly, having been a singer in a band I know first hand how appreciated it is when people are on the floor dancing and having a good time while you’re playing. It’s an obvious gesture that the audience is jiving what you’re doing. How do you show appreciation? Might you need to show appreciation for someone or something? That act of gratitude or generosity can go a long way and might keep that band playing a little longer…which…keeps the dancing going.
So I contend that we should all work towards getting off the wall and getting on the floor instead. In the words of the late David Bowie…”Let’s Dance.”