In Kerka’s story, the Kalis Dance is a powerful form of self-expression, made up of symbolic movements that hold special meaning for the dancer. Dancing can be an amazing way for all of us to express our feelings–think of the movement as a way of speaking or telling a story without using words. Your dance may change from moment to moment or day to day. One thing you can always count on–it will be as unique as you are!

Find the moves that express what you have to say–here are some ideas to inspire you and get you moving…

Experiment with new tunes: Everyone has a favorite song that makes her want to jump up and dance—how about trying out other types of music you don’t usually dance to? Perhaps a classical piano piece or some jazz. Different music may get you moving in a whole new way!

Find or create a soundscape: Rhythm is what invites us to move. Listen to the sounds of your environment. Birdsong, rainstorms and even construction might provide some interesting beats. Or make your own.

Explore silence: Move as slowly and quietly as you can. Feel the difference in your muscles. Notice your breathing. Try balancing on one foot, then shifting from one to the other. Go in super-duper-slow-motion.

What mood are you in? Joyful, rambunctious, sad, shy. Use your movements to express these feelings. Reach, jump, crumple, roll, spin. Make yourself as tiny as possible or take up the entire room!

Visualize: Close your eyes and imagine what it feels like to be…

  • A snowflake drifting slowly to the ground.
  • A moth or butterfly gently fluttering in circles.
  • A large cat pouncing.
  • A prima ballerina bounding across a stage.
  • A rockstar jumping as she jams on guitar.
  • A ghost drifting through a house.
  • A strong wind blowing through the treetops.
  • A color! how would “purple” move? Try something way out and see where it takes you…

Give it a chance and make it your dance!

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78 thoughts on “Twilight Dance

  1. this is SO fun! i recently started doing ballet and modern dance so i use some movements from that and then make up my own!!

  2. oh me too. i so cant dance
    im not really clumsy, but i am NOT light on my feet. i could never do ballet…..i would embarass myself!

  3. i luv this book i took ballet classes when i was 5 it is soooo inspiring i luv hiphop and also know how to do it =)

  4. Omg:]
    I seriously love this book it is such an inspiration.I was also in gymnastics i was on level 3. but i broke my arm over the summer so now i do ballet.:}

  5. Hi again as you know i’m on my way ( by doing all wisdom acts ) to becoming a fairy godmother…..I Love to express myself through dance …if no one is around.At my school fellow classmates and other people hate my dancing.I like there dancing but …. they do hip – hop.I do classic.And it’s true i can’t do the splits.Want to know more comment.i’ll see you later in my footsteps.,.,.,.,.,.,

  6. GUTEN TAG(THAT MEANS HELLO IN GERMAN)! I DANCE BALLET, TAP, JAZZ, AND HIP-HOP AND I LOVE DANCING LOW TO THE GROUND I THINK I’M BEST AT IT. BUT, JUMPING UP AND “FLYING” IS SUCH A WONDERFUL FEELING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 !

  7. OMG :}
    i loved this!! i am a competitive dancer and i love dancing!! dancing is my life, if i couldn’t dance i would curl up and die!! on my way to being a Fairy Godmother!

  8. I have only read Birdie’s Book but, I LOVED it! I really want to read Kerka’s Book! Plus, I love to dance especially ballet.

  9. I also do gymnastics but, I am not amazing at it. I am pretty much a beginner. And same with me! ( to what Lilium Tigrinum said) I love dancing when not one is watching me and I can not do the splits. (I am close though!)

  10. i dance but i prefer not to do it in front of other people… singing is more me…

  11. I LOOOVE dancing! Its my favorite thing to do! I dance in a company that dances at profecional theatres!

  12. The song that I want to get up and dance to(or should I say songs)are:
    We found love
    Payphone
    Moves like Jagger
    Party Rock Anthem
    Sorry For Party Rockin
    Glad You Came
    Chicken Dance
    Americano

  13. I guess the songs that aren’t really my type are:
    Classical Music
    Jazz
    Blues
    Oldies

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  15. I like to dance, but I’m really embarrassed to. I think I’ll dance in my room everyday using this and see what I come up with. 😀

  16. im kinda new at this and i don really know how to make an acount. and how do you get jewels on your crown. please help. i s need advice here.

  17. I do hip hop and I love it ! When I was little ,like first grade I used to do a traditional Indian dance. I liked it but I hated getting dragged there on the weekends . now I wish I continued doing it, because it made me feel grace full and proud, like kerka with the kalis dance . but I love dancing hip hop now ! Hip hop is really my thing. Comment if you like hip hop!

  18. One day my dad put on an old Indian song, which he grew up listening to , and surprisingly,it really got my toes tapping ! (But I was too shy to admit it )

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