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Posts Tagged ‘dancing on the street’

More Street Dancing

Posted by terrepruitt on October 2, 2014

Nia is a dance exercise . . . dare I say it?  It is much more if you want it to be.  Otherwise you can keep it just as that, an exercise class that you attend where you dance.  That is fine.  When you attend regularly you will more-than-likely experience more, but you do not have to take it any farther than that.  But . . . since I love dance and I teach a dance exercise class, I am going to post AGAIN about dancing.  I am not writing about dancing in an exercise class at the gym, community center, or dance studio, I am talking about dancing ON THE STREET!  My last post was about dancing on the street.  It was the fun idea of dancing while you are waiting for the crosswalk signal to change.  You can check it out HERE!  This post is highlighting yet another video about dancing on the street.  This time it is about dancing WHILE you are crossing the street.

Now it did cross my mind that some of these people looked almost as if they were doing Free Dance in Nia as they were very absorbed in their dance.  Some looked as if it might actually not be a safe thing to do.  But then I remembered that many people don’t pay attention when they cross the street as it is.  Many people have their face down and they are looking at their phone.  So I don’t feel that dancing while crossing the street is any more dangerous than the “phone-walk”.

This looks just as fun as dancing while waiting.  I think they should come up with a crosswalk sign that is ALL dance.  Dance while you wait, then dance across the street.

I do love how so many people seemed to dance while crossing the street.  So many people seemed to get into the moment and just go for it.  So fun.  I love the girl at the end.  She was completely surprised.  I was thinking that some of these people were “planted” and were dancing as part of the people filming the video.  And that could be true, but that girl’s shoe flying off her foot was not planned.  She was surprised.

Not everyone is into dancing or be what you might call a dancer.  That is one great thing about Nia you don’t have to be experienced in dance you just have to be willing to move.  Could be that you don’t have to dance while waiting for the crosswalk sign to change or you don’t have to dance while crossing the street, but you still could take a moment during your day to enjoy life.  That really is what all of this dancing is about.  The people who like to dance get enjoyment from it so they do so while waiting or crossing.  If dancing is not your “thing” that is fine, take a moment to do something that is.  Do something — if just for a moment — that brings you joy.

I love all this dancing!  Thanks, SoulPancake!  A friend of mine post this one on Facebook.  Have you seen this video yet?

(click the pic to watch the video)

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Cities Could Make Waiting Safe and Fun!

Posted by terrepruitt on September 30, 2014

One of my Facebook friends shared a link to a video.  (See below.  Watch video.)  I LOVE this. The idea is so awesome, to me.  I think it would be so cool if dancing on the street while waiting for a crosswalk light to change in your favor was acceptable and actually encouraged.  I think this is so fun.  I really love this idea.  I was so happy to see that little red dancing figure, I was squealing while watching it.  Then when I saw that it was NOT a computer program just set to play, I clapped with glee.  People dancing while their moves are being reproduced onto the crosswalk signal in real time —- AWESOME.

How fun is that?  It would be so much more fun to stand and wait.  Also it would give you something to do.  I always feel silly standing there waiting, not doing anything.  Then I feel silly for feeling silly because I am supposed to wait.  I shouldn’t feel silly.  I am being courteous (and following the law) by waiting my turn and not darting out into traffic.  It is rude when people walk out into the street against the crossing light hoping to can make it across the street before a car comes or worse yet, expecting the car to stop.  GRRRRRRR.  I get upset when I see people do that.  Because if they get hit and die what will they care . . . they will be dead, but they will have ruined someone else’s day and perhaps their lives because they were too rude to just wait a minute or two.  So this dancing would give them something to do.

I can see how it just might promote safety.  The non-waiting people (that might normally cross against the light — jeopardizing their safety and the safety of others) might not dance, but they might be interested enough to stay and watch.  To me it didn’t look as if that many people were dancing.   The video said that 81%  (THAT IS A LOT) more people actually followed the law (psstt . . . yes it is the law) while at the dancing crosswalk signal light.  So, more people stopped from crossing the street when they did not have a signal to go, while at this signal.  I did not see on the video a percentage given of how many people actually danced.  But with the reported increase in the number of people that stopped it got people’s attention.  I wonder how they measured that?

So fun.  The title of where I saw the video said something about, “safe and happy!”  Oh yeah.  It would make me happy.  I would be happy dancing while waiting at the light OR dancing to make the signal dance.  Fun stuff.  We could have a Nia crosswalk where we led people through Nia routines.  Ha, that would be funny.  The Nia Crosswalk Signal . . . .

The video is on Smart’s Youtube channel. Check out the video.

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So what do you think?  Would you watch?  Would you dance if you were waiting at the crosswalk?  Would you dance in the signal (the room they had set up) and be the dancing crosswalk signal?  Do you think this is cool?

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