Why Dance? Lessons From Tragedy.


copyright Sherry Yuan 2013

First, a moment of silence, to honor the lives of Mengchen Huang and Mimi Liu lost this week.

Maybe it’s the midterms. Maybe it’s the suicidology class.

Maybe it’s the fact that 2 of our campus own have passed away in less than a span of a week.

Suffice to say, it does not seem like the time or the place to dance so cheerfully. On this university campus, our mortality has been made quite apparent to us these days. I’m not here to tell you that grief isn’t appropriate. It is, especially given the nature of these endings. However, I’m saying dancing is a way to heal and, eventually, to let go. It’s a way to celebrate life and to love someone who is gone, to remember them. Dance might not take away the pain, but it can begin the process.

One of my favorite people, MLKJ, once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Likewise, the ESV Bible says in John 1:5 that “[t]he light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Dance is a way to let your light shine. Grief has a time in a place, for it shows how deeply we love. However, to stay depressed, to dwell on the negative…that is the darkness winning in our lives. Dance can be the light in someone’s life today, a visual representation of your heart song.

With these recent tragedies, my prayers have taken on an urgency. This life is short, less than a whisper in the wind, a wisp of incense pleasing for but a moment.

So…why dance?
It reminds us that we are alive, that we can still move.
It reminds us songs are sweet but short-lived, and we must embrace the time that we have.
But most of all, it reminds us to draw close to the ones we love, for the time we have is such a blessing, but so fragile.

Dance because you can. Dance because it’s joy. Dance so your heart song can sing out loud.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
― Vivian Greene 

From my heart,



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