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#1 BehindStarburstEyes

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:48 AM

Tonight I cried while he danced. He looked like poetry in motion as music became movement. As fast as the bass that was pulsating through the speakers, his feet became a blur as they almost flew across the floor and through the air.
I watched and I knew in my heart this right here right now, was what he was born to do. It wasn’t just the ease with which he watched another contender and added their moves to his own freestyle piece. It was so much more than that. It was the way his eyes glowed with certainty, for he KNEW what to do. He “gets” how to translate music into movement. For all the confusion he still has in various social settings, put him on a stage or dance floor and crank up the tunes and watch the joy and sense of rightness that glows from within him.
Sweat soaked and muscles burning from exertion and still his smile illuminates his own starburst eyes that are so much like my own. It’s almost like the combination of music and movement unlocks some secret special place within him, and you can almost physically see everything “clicking” inside his mind for him. Like the movement pushes the confusion and anxiety that often plague him completely out of his mind. While the music pulsing causes synapses after synapses to occur in places that didn’t communicate properly with each other prior to that moment. For those few minutes on stage you can see how centered within himself, and whole he truly is, and it’s more beautiful than words can describe.
It’s his version of “therapy” for in those moments on stage he feels joy and acceptance in who he is. There, right there, my boy who has been judged for not being able to stay still, for randomly twirling or flapping his hands when he’s having a sensory overload is judged on how well he can move.


Originally posted on Behind Starburst Eyes: http://behindstarbur...-while-i-cried/

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:10 PM

Great story. Thank you for sharing.  As a parent, it's amazing to watch your child do what he/she loves to do and to see the pure joy in their face.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 03:15 PM

It's my pleasure to share these precious moments with yourself and others :-D

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:45 PM

There are no words to accurately describe how amazing this video is. I had the pleasure of meeting Mike Prosserman for a moment two weeks ago at a break dance battle that Unity Charity had organized. It was the same one that my blog post: He danced while I cried is about.


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Posted 08 June 2013 - 10:14 PM

Your story was touching.  I would like you to share a story on my blog if you're interested let me know.  http://nathanwpace.com/blog

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 06:43 PM

My daughter is 24 and from the time she was 3 or 4 she has been dancing,singing,and loving music.She can hear a song and memorize it after a few times--and she absolutely loves to dance! She knows all the moves and is really good :) I know music makes us happy and I know it's a great  outlet for our kids.

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 07:58 AM

That's awesome Sheila :-D It really is a great outlet for our kids!





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