Woman: “We Have Come to Dance”



We have come to be danced
Not the pretty dance
Not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
But the claw our way back into the belly
Of the sacred, sensual animal dance
The unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance
The holding the precious moment in the palms
of our hands and feet dance.

We have come to be danced
Not the jiffy booby, shake your booty for him dance
But the wring the sadness from our skin dance
The blow the chip off our shoulder dance.
The slap the apology from our posture dance.

We have come to be danced
Not the monkey see, monkey do dance
One two dance like you
One two three, dance like me dance
But the grave robber, tomb stalker
Tearing scabs and scars open dance
The rub the rhythm raw against our soul dance.

We have come to be danced
Not the nice, invisible, self-conscious shuffle
But the matted hair flying, voodoo mama shaman shaking ancient bones dance
The strip us from our casings, return our wings
sharpen our claws and tongues dance
The shed dead cells and slip into the luminous skin of love dance.

We have come to be danced
Not the hold our breath and wallow in the shallow end of the floor dance but the meeting of the trinity: the body, breath and beat dance

The shout hallelujah from the top of our thighs dance
The mother may I? Yes you may take ten giant leaps dance
The olly olly oxen free free free dance
The everyone can come to our heaven dance.

We have come to be danced
Where the kingdoms collide
In the cathedral of flesh
To burn back into the light
To unravel, to play, to fly, to pray
To root in skin sanctuary
We have come to be danced! We have come.”
~ by Jewel Mathieson

from her book “This Dance: A Poultice…” (jewelmathieson.blogspot.com)

photo source ~ Chad Faith Writing Lab

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A list of dance music

Hey everyone,

Here’s a list of music we dance to in class.  It’s not comprehensive, but it’s enough to get things started for you. Remember to purchase music from the artists whenever you can — to support them — and tip and pay your dancer too, for the same reason! 🙂

Song Artist Album Speed
Enta W’Bas Hossam Ramzy Bedouin Tribal Dance Rhythmic
Blessings Solace Beginners Guid to Solace Rhythmic
Adir Adirim Balkan Beat Box Turntables on the Hudson10 Rhythmic
Ya ‘Ain Mawtatin Pangea Pangea Vol. 4 Rhythmic
Dom and Doumbia Hossam Ramzy Rock the Tabla Rhythmic
Arabian Knights Hossam Ramzy Baladi Plus Rhythmic
Alla Hai Hossam Ramzy Baladi Plus Rhythmic
Bounce Solace Beginners Guid to Solace Rhythmic
Derwood Green Phil Thornton & Hossam Ramzy Immortal Egypt Rhythmic
Ferozashah Phil Thornton Nexus Tribal Rhythmic
Shanti (Peace Out) MC Yogi Elephant Power Arhythmic
Beauty Beats Beats Antique Collide Arhythmic
Cleopatra in New York Nickodemus Turntables on the Hudson10 Arhythmic
Caterpillar Beats Antique Collide Arhythmic
Jilala I Morocan Spirit Moroccan Spirit Arhythmic
Milieu Beats Antique Collide Arhythmic
The Nocturnal Stealth of Cats Drumspyder Kytheria Arhythmic
One Voice 40 days The Wailin’ Jennys Arhythmic