This weekend is the Superbowl. A number of years ago, the Chicago Bears made a video to raise money for charity. The video was called “The Super Bowl Shuffle”. [we’re not here because we’re greedy; we’re just doin’ it to feed the needy].
My husband is a lifelong Chicago Bears fan; needless to say the video was a command performance in our home. It was a big hit and raised a TON of money for charity. Today they would say it went viral. It makes me smile every time I see it, too. One of the big deals about Super Bowl Sunday is the commercials. Even if people (horrors) hate football, they tune in to watch the commercials. There is a lot of buzz about a Matthew Broderick commerical that has already been on the internet ahead of time. It kind of reprises his role of Ferris Bueller. In the movie Ferris Bueller’s day off, he (and thousands of Chicagoans) end up dancing in a parade. Joyfully dancing.
There are so many movies that have an underlying dance theme: My Best Friend’s Wedding has a closing line that I truly love: “but by God there will be dancing“. The character that says it to Julia Roberts delivers the line perfectly. She, who had been feeling depressed, sorrowful, sad, and all washed up, has now realized, thanks to her friend’s words: life goes on—let’s join in joyfully.
Footloose (both versions) has the story line about dancing being forbidden in a town. Again, on closer examination, it isn’t only about dance. It is about refusing to let life’s tragedies make us cynical sideline dwellers. Red Shoes and The Turning Point are about ballerinas—and about their decisions about life. I know. These movies tend to be “chick flicks”. Why do I gravitate towards them? They are all stories about life, really. The dance theme or the lines about dance can be considered allegorical. As a matter of fact, sometimes when people wax philosophical about life, they even say “this dance we call life” or words to that effect.
I cherish movies that make me focus on the fact that I must remain an active participant of life, that tragedies do not have to destroy us. They help me remember what Rose Kennedy said to reporters when they asked her how she had the strength to go on in the face of so much loss in her family. She said “I shall not be vanquished“. Hearing or reading that line makes me stand up straighter. . . and hearing “by God there will be dancing” makes me laugh through tears on days when there are tears. If you have tears today, I hope you know that maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday…there will be dancing. Albert Einstein said “We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams“. He sure knew what he was talking about, didn’t he?