Bobbi Jene Smith in rehearsal for A Study on Effort. PC Jim Carmody, courtesy Bobbi Jene Smith.

A Poem By Gaga Movement Practitioner and Choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith: "I Dance to Feel Alive"

I dance to remember.

I dance to forget.

I dance to contain.


I dance for my mom and dad.

I dance to show my love.

I dance when I cannot speak.

I dance when words won't do any justice.

I dance to connect with strangers.

I dance to understand.

I dance to feel differences.

I dance to feel similarities.

I dance for the trees.

I dance to be inside of a poem.

I dance to become a mountain or volcano or an island.

I dance because I miss.

I dance for all who miss.

I dance to pray.

I dance to sense how I am getting older.

I dance to let go.

I dance for all the women in me and all the women who have shaped me.

I dance to get softer and more explosive at the same time.

I dance to be able to listen more to the world.

I dance so I can see wider.

I dance to forgive.

I dance to feel vulnerable.

I dance to feel my strength.

I dance to breathe.

I dance to sense my weaknesses.

I dance to waste my energy.

I dance because it is my first language.

I dance to show my gratitude.

I dance to show my anger.

I dance to show my love.

I dance when I need a change.

I dance to change.

I dance to show the scream.

I dance to pass the time.

I dance to feel alive.

I dance to experience effort.

I dance to dig.

I dance to hope.

I dance to practice action.

I dance.

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