A few weeks ago a dance troupe comprised of women of all shapes and sizes, all over the age of forty, gave a performance to a gorgeously remixed version of Chaka Khan’s classic, “Ain’t Nobody” in the heart of New York City. Why? Because they love to dance… and they could. Shorey caught our eye because of her positive energy and attitude. Learn more about her here.
Shorey, 45, Mom, Dance Teacher, and Program Coordinator
How do you feel about being 45?
There’s nothing but pride. I just feel so proud of all of the knowledge that I’ve gained, and it’s nice not to care so much about how other people feel. With knowledge and with experience comes pride.
How do you feel about the song? What does it mean to you?
“Ain’t Nobody” is one of the most beautiful, moving songs I’ve ever heard. If you actually listen to the lyrics and take them to heart, it can move your heart. When I hear it, I get so involved emotionally, and invested in my movement. The lyrics are so empowering. The song means that I don’t have to worry about how anybody else feels about me. My confidence, and my love of self and style, is more important than anybody else’s view of who I am.
If you could give your 20-year-old self any advice, what would it be?
It would be “Keep dancing”. I have never stopped dancing, and I am so glad I didn’t. At one point I was going to stop. I had children, and my body felt different. But just moving through that and never stopping… movement can bring such flexibility, and it also grows your mind, so never stop moving. Never stop growing. Never stop dancing.
Why are you dancing through life?
I dance because it’s my idea of a good time. I just love it. I dance because it brings me joy. I dance because I still got it.