Happy new year! Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? Read on for mine – and how it ties into one of my latest releases!
But first… did you ever see Billy Elliot the Musical? I was lucky enough to see it on Broadway years ago, and I adored it. What I remember most is that brilliant song “Electricity.” Eleven-year-old Billy, an unlikely dancing phenom from a working-class English town, is asked to describe what it feels like to dance. At first, he doesn’t know how to answer – but soon launches into that show-stopping number that brings the audience to tears and garners the biggest applause of the evening. My favorite lines of that song are:
And suddenly I’m flying
Flying like a bird
Sparks inside of me
And I’m free. I’m free…
It’s a sensational song… and while it’s about dance, I think it also speaks to that feeling people get when they do something that engages them from head to toe, something that they know deep inside they were born to do. Check it out on Youtube and see if you don’t agree!
So back to my New Year’s Resolution! This year I promised myself I would take a dance class—something I’ve loved to do all my life and haven’t done since the start of the pandemic. I was scared – was I going to fall on my face, make a fool of myself? Would I find that too much time had passed and I no longer had the stamina?
Not gonna lie, my legs did feel like jelly the next day! Still, it turned out to be a glorious experience, one of the best ways I can think of to spend 75 minutes! I’ll be going back next week for sure!
My 2020 novel, THE LILAC HOUSE, is also about a dancer – someone who is tempted, yet scared, to put her pointe shoes back on many years after suffering a career-ending injury.