LET’S DANCE! By Lynne Marshall
There’s nothing quite like kicking up our heels to express our joy, is there? Dancing allows us to let go of pent up feelings and it releases endorphins, so it is a win-win endeavor wouldn’t you say?
I recently saw a lovely French movie titled The Intouchables (English translation) where my favorite scene is where Driss, after suffering through a long evening of tame classical music for Philippe’s birthday celebration (not that there’s anything wrong with classical music!), jumps to his feet and pumps up the music volume to dance. Driss chooses Earth, Wind, and Fire to serenade the birthday boy Philippe, while he dances.
Here’s where it gets tricky – Philippe is a quadriplegic and is watching from his wheelchair. How cruel you say? Think again. Driss, a tough street guy, has forged a very special relationship since he’s been hired to be the helper for the aristocratic and ailing Philippe. Driss is the only person to treat Philippe like a regular guy, forgetting that he can’t move his hands or feet. Teasing him like a regular person instead of treating him like a delicate broken object. In other words, he has added life and joy to his otherwise routine existence. Philippe has the most glorious smile on his face listening to the raucous music and watching his crazy new friend dance. (Friend is exactly what Philippe considers this young man who has invaded his life). The scene made me cry with joy.
Ever notice something when you’re dancing? My guess is that you’re smiling, just like we all do when we let our hair down and kick up our feet.
I have a book to give away to one commenter who answers one or both of these simple questions:
What is your favorite movie musical? Who is your favorite dancer?
*This blog was a repeat and a variation of my recent guest blog celebrating Mills & Boon author Kate Hardy’s 50th book release.*
If you haven’t yet seen The Intouchables, I highly recommend this movie.
Lynne Marshall writes contemporary and Medical Romance books for Harlequin and The Wild Rose Press. The first book in the Grady family trilogy, Courting His Favorite Nurse, was a March 2012 Harlequin Special Edition. Dr. Tall, Dark…and Dangerous? is Lynne’s July 2012 Medical Romance. Also available in e-book only is, An Indiscretion, a contemporary romance with strong medical elements, (and ballroom dancing!) from The Wild Rose Press.
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Until next week, make it a great one,