One of the best parts of taking ballet classes for me is capturing all the individual moves we have learned into one consolidated, beautiful routine. I’m still flopping around trying to get it right (it’s rather comical at times), but getting to practice it in class gets me very excited.
I think that the song our instructors chose for our routine is key. The song, called “Headlock” by Imogen Heap, is one of those pieces that kind of makes your heart flutter. Never heard of it? Neither had I. From the first moment they played the song in class, I was in love! It’s not a song you would think is ballet-like. It doesn’t have the typical classical sounds of Chopin or Mozart, nor does it sound like anything from the Nutcracker. But some of the unconventional things about the class – from aerobic warm-ups to bits of jazz infusion and choice of song – make it a lot of fun for me.
I looked up the lyrics to the song too, and ironically I found myself in them. Lyrics are always open to vast differences in interpretation, but it really resonated with me. When I listen to the song, I hear a story about wanting to get out of a present life “funk” and making changes for yourself. I take away from it the idea of not just having plans for change in your life, but then taking active steps to make those changes a reality. We’ve all been through periods of “funk” or stagnation….I know I have. Mustering up the courage and carving out the time to take my dance class is one way I have moved from thoughts to action. I feel this is one way I am walking the walk.
I enjoy the song so much that I bought and downloaded it to my iPod and listen to it regularly. Then I found the video on YouTube and thought I would share it with you. The song may mean something entirely different to you, but in the end, it’s just a really cool tune. Hope you enjoy it too!