She Dances: Working on My Sway

“Flamenca Blanca”

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power; it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.  –Agnes De Mille

My friend Cy sent this amazing postcard a few weeks ago. She found this beauty in Madrid during her travels there. I fell in love with it. The lone woman dancing reminded me of my favorite part of Louis Delsarte’s mural “Spirit of Harlem.”

“Spirit of Harlem” [I was fortunate enough to be in residency at NYU the same time as the artist. Weeks after its unveiling, the whole group of “Scholars-in-Residence” took a trip to Harlem to see the mural].

I’m intrigued by these women who sway their hips without apology and dance solo in spaces obviously peopled by many. It seems the musicians—equally surrendered to their muses—play only for each woman.

I don’t have their gift. As part of the “rhythmless nation,” I’m not sure I will ever dance in public.


I have been reaching for a metaphorical moment like this—of pure freedom—of yielding completely to the rhythms of life without fretting over consequences–“what ifs” or “therefores.”

I’m tuning in and working on my sway.

16 thoughts on “She Dances: Working on My Sway

  1. Sheila Marie Delgado says:

    You bring JOY and LIGHT to the world. A grand talent indeed. (Among many others!)
    My Dad loves Flamenco music. The guitar. He plays, and he admires the talents of the greats in that style. PASSION. Losing your self to the moment, the music, the creation… admirable 🙂

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  2. Mali says:

    “I’m tuning in and working on my sway.” Brava! Such a great phrase, and an admirable resolution. I need to adopt this.

    Also- I love the illustrations. That postcard is worth framing.

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Thank you! And yes, I so agree about the postcard. It sits in “my happy place.” Her fierce passion inspires me! I’ve placed it inside a plastic sleeve, so it doesn’t collect dust, but you’re right. She deserves framing.


  3. dabeholder says:

    I’m packing my camera and heading to North Carolina in the morning. I can’t wait to check out the murals, and other beautiful green environment I hear people talking about . This will be an adventurous weekend.

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