To Dance is My Rebellion

Author (Alicia Hann) dancing at Columbus Dance Theater. Photo credit: Larry Hamill

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To dance is my rebellion.

To move this body through time and space,

to move unapologetically, expansively,

refusing to shrink, to be silent, to disappear.

Take up space.

Letting go of what no longer serves me, 

While acknowledging the history that this body carries.

MY body speaking truth.


Every moment dancing my body tells a piece of its’ story.

Every moment leading to this moment.

Every memory residing in my soma

Informs this DANCE

Love lives in my heart.

Beat. Pulse. Circulate.

Sadness lives in my bones.

Shake. Break. Collapse.

Anger resides in my muscles.

Clench. Throw. Kick.

Sensuality lives on my skin.

Caress. Glide. Lick. 

Pleasure resides in my flesh.

Deny. Feed. Satiate. 

The ability to transform lives in this movement.

It is in these moments of awareness, I know I am alive. 

So, I keep moving.

 I dance.

Somedays, the only dance I am capable of is breathing.

Inhale. Exhale.

I have learned that,

Sometimes, the smallest dance makes the biggest difference. 

Afterall, raising a finger can be an act of strength & defiance.

Breathing a little deeper, an act of resilience

Curling the lips up to form a smile, an act of bravery

Even in tears, a dance of letting go. 

Every movement proclaiming

I exist.

I am still here.

I am dancing!

Alicia Leigh Hann

4 Responses

  1. Beautiful! Powerfully spoken text. Will you choreograph to this poem and perform a new work soon?

  2. Oh Ashley, this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Reading this seriously brought tears to my eyes and touched our heart as we all felt this deeply. Keep writing!! Hugs & Luv ya!!

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