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Sarah Jones Sarah Jones good girl. light footed leader. experience owner.

Sarah Jones sees Life Itself as her lead in an epic, ongoing partner dance. She teaches women how to go from feeling uptight and invisible around men to beautiful and free. [www.sarahamandajones.com]

Blues dancing. My cheeks flushed with my first impression of it. Checking out the website of the nearest blues dancing venue, I noticed their logo: a simple two-dimensional sketch of a couple, entwined in a dance, sinking into their own embrace, the womanʼs leg draped over the manʼs. I could already tell this dance was too sexy for the polite life Iʼd resigned myself to. Surely, good girls didnʼt blues dance…

Three weeks later, I found myself on the dance floor, ready to blossom into what Iʼd discover as my calling: engaging in the dance, learning from it, and teaching other women how to do the same on the literal dance floor and on the metaphorical dance floor of life itself.

Inside the arms of an amazing lead is the most transporting place on earth. Melting into the luscious rhythm of his embrace, I tune into sublime harmony. Our bodies undulate to what we hear in the music and in each other. The tiniest movement by one of us is sensed, felt, and answered by the other in a realm far beyond cognition. Building tension, releasing tension, building, releasing. Fluid turns, playful mimicry, bold lunges. Dips all the way to the floor, where my headʼs held strong in his hand, and my fingertips and hair grace the hardwood.

These moments are so precious that I used to grieve the loss of them before theyʼd even gone. During the dance, Iʼd think real hard, mentally transcribe the event the best way I could, and roll it up for safekeeping in my memory bank.

But when Iʼd done all that hard work, Iʼd inadvertently left my body, and thereby left the experience. Iʼd been so intent on ʻowningʼ the experience that Iʼd never fully had it at all. Realizing this, I asked myself, “What would happen if I let go completely and immersed myself in the moment? What if I really dove in? What if I trusted that more moments would flow to me after this one, so it was okay to just enjoy?”

These days, slowly pulling apart from a magnetic and otherworldly dance, my whole body is a bell, ringing and ringing with resounding pleasure. The electricity of our connection has melted me like butter. Itʼs curious but irrelevant that I canʼt remember any of the details. Iʼll just take another, please.

– Sarah Jones

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