This week there was a group of around 30 people who began spontaneously waltzing in the Columbia museum of art. I was one of them. As quoted in the Columbia Free Times:

“It’s like a dream come true,” two-time volunteer Katherine LaLima says. “I love being a part of this public form of art. I hope it will grow. I would love for Columbia to become known for this.”

We started in the open studios at Columbia City Ballet, ensuring our waltz steps and learning only then of the location we’d be taking our happy spectacle. We mingled, art patrons, until “The Rainbow Connections” began playing over the loudspeaker. By the end of the first verse, we were all dancing. Spectators gawked, smiled — some began dancing too, some started making phone calls. At the end of the song, we dispersed into the museum as patrons or outdoors to meet for coffee at a local shop.

One of the most deeply gratifying things is bringing joy and wonder from nowhere; “Active Art” has been a love of my own for many years — to get to participate in this foundling organization is an honor. To get to be in a spontaneous event to the public, to touch whose lives we can even for a moment is a protest for happiness that’s long overdue in this wrangled state capitol.

I waltz terribly, which is no surprise to me. It didn’t matter; despite the heat and physical activity I came from this afternoon feeling healed somewhere once hidden inside.

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