Zumba: How I Got My Groove Back After Trauma

September 17, 2014 7:47 PM

10 0

Zumba: How I Got My Groove Back After Trauma

I knew I was "fit" enough for the one-hour aerobic dance class at the gym; I regularly took other classes, from cycling to boot camp to kickboxing to yoga. But I didn't think I could take Zumba. I didn't think I could allow my body to move expressively, in ways that I suspected would set loose the sexual trauma of my past. I didn't think I could bear to see its reflection in the mirror, unfurl the feelings of violation and terror and humiliation I'd locked up in my hips and shoulders and heart since I was a girl.

When I was 5, on weekends my mother would put a Disney album on the record player and I'd skip and hop and leap around the room for hours, paying attention to nothing and no one but the music and the way I expressed myself through my body. I danced; I lived and breathed the rhythm of each moment -- ...

Read more

To category page

Loading...