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Dances Begging To Be Danced by Salyna Gracie

We feel the pull of life's calling to us deep down in our bones…

The songs our soul sings to guide us in the task of sharing our beauty with the world. Taking us to the place where we can witness the smallest of miracles and the magnificent power of grace. Dancing our prayers, our hopes, our dreams: A deep breath for all of humanity.

Dances Begging To Be Danced


There were so many dances in me
I could not find the hours to dance them all
Up dances
Down dances
In dances
Out dances
Dances leading into dances and around again
Rhythms and melodies pounding the blood in my head
Pushing at the soles of my feet
All day dances
All night dances
Dances begging to be danced
Dances borrowing sleep
Stealing time
Dances like a firestorm
Raging and wild
Dances like silence
Breath and sinew
Dances all alone
Dances with you

There is a dance within me still
Curled among the backbones
Locked into frozen joints
Floating in the palm of my hand
Dances alive in the soulsong
The torn shoes
The empty hall
The trail of coins and silk
Dances begging to be danced
Among the ruins
To celebrate what is left
Pictured: Dancer Isadora Duncan
Photography by Yuko Ishii 



Salyna Gracie is the director of Red Lotus Dance Company. She performs and teaches Middle Eastern Dance and facilitates the Red Lotus SEEDs program which mentors teen girls through dance at her studio in a small rural town in Washington state. Salyna’s dancing reflects a commitment to personal growth by internalizing rhythms and expressing emotion through the body – dancing from the heart. Poetry and visual art continue the conversation of dance with words and images that dance on the page. You may contact her through her website here and her artwork here



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