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Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.

                                                                                …Rumi

Nothing fires the soul like dancing with Dragons.

When we speak of dancing Dragons, many people – especially in the Year of the Dragon – immediately think of the celebratory Dragon Dances that highlight Chinese New Year festivities. These vigorous performances are street art at its exuberant best.

It is also a form of sympathetic magic for the whole community. Traditionally, the dance honors the great Lung, cosmic guardian of the Chinese people, the Children of the Dragon. A team of dancers bring the colorful silk and bamboo Dragon to life, mimicking his serpentine grace and power. With every sinuous twist and turn the mystical nature of the Dragon is invoked, his luck, wisdom, fertility, and dignity.

Now, Chinese New Year does not fall in October, but that does not mean Dragons around the world aren’t dancing.

Wherever and whenever, Dragons love to dance.

Dragon by John Quigley

And, as anyone who has shared their company knows, there is something about the vibrant, powerful, ground-shaking of our friends tripping the light fantastic that is positively contagious. Who with any rhythm in their bones can resist getting caught up in the sheer elemental joy of these marvelous beings? They get the toes to tapping, the spirits to celebrating.

Right now, European Dragons have a lot to celebrate: October is when the concupiscence of early autumn proves itself with nesting and laying for the next generation. The promise of Dragons to come. And Westies are not content to simply make the earth move; they will take their love of dance into the skies, winging their monstrous delight up through the clouds. Alone or with their entire enchantment, they will frolic and romp to the beat of fervid blood and passion.

Whether as spectator or participant, embrace Dancing Dragon Day, praise the Dragons who tramp and fly. They embody the words of D.H. Lawrence:

We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive… and part of the living, incarnate cosmos.

 

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