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Dance the World

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World-traveling dance instructor holding classes in Maine

BLUE HILL/BAR HARBOR/ROCKLAND Dance has been a form of expression since before humans put pen to paper or chisel to stone. Use to celebrate countless occasions, dance is also a way to express one's self and communicate without words. In March, Jaycee Gossett, who has travelled the world to study various dances will be offering several workshops in Blue Hill and Bar Harbor. On March 8, Gossett will be presenting Yoga Trance Dance at the Emlen Hall in Blue Hill Hall at 6 p.m. On March 9 there is a Hoop the World from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Korrin Dance in Rockland. And on March 10 at the Pleasant Street Pilates studio in Bar Harbor, you can Hoop the World from 1 to 3 p.m. and then Awkaen your Goddess (ladies only) from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Gossett was born into a houseful of brothers. She has used dance as an outlet since she was a little girl.

'The only thing that I really gravitated towards was dancing. By the time I was walking I was in Jazz Dance, and that really ignited my passion of dance,' she said in a phone interview. 'This is really where I feel the most like myself: on the dance floor. [Dance] became my sanctuary, my way to get out of the house of all the boys and really express myself.'

But it wasn't until she was in her early 20s that she discovered her passion for competitive ballroom dance. Gossett noted that the competitive ballroom scene is a little odd.

'I was partly terrified; this is the weirdest thing I'd ever seen. People sprayed with spray-tan, rhinestones everywhere  The whole thing was very surreal,' she said. 'But when I say those women come out on the dance floor with so much fire and passion the dances gave them a chance to explore their personalities of being a woman. There was a cheekiness, a flirtiness and also a fiery, serious womanly feminine vibe going. This. I want this in my life.'

But Gossett wanted more than just dancing by the numbers and getting judged on form. She felt there was something in dancing that connected people all over the world, and she wanted to get back to the soul of dance, to find the birthplace of some of the dances she loved. So she travelled. She's been to Cuba and Africa and the Philippines and learned their dancing while teaching the moves she's picked up.

If you get a chance, you should check out her videos on her YouTube channel. Gossett is an engaging host and the videos are worth your time. It will make you wish they still had her show on the Travel Channel.

And 'I can't dance' is not considered a valid excuse in Gossett's book.

'When your baby hears something they start to bounce. And once they start to stand and hold on to something it's in their makeup. When fire was created, we were going around a circle and making some sort of sound and dancing,' she said. 'It's in there. What happens is, we're ashamed. Someone told us something, or someone became uncomfortable and said dancing is bad. There's a judgment around it.'

She noted that this hang-up Americans have about dancing is strictly societal. In other parts of the world, there is no such thing as someone who doesn't dance. 

'In other parts of the world and in other societies, dance is part of everyday life. Dance had been removed from our everyday life, but it used to be a part of our daily activity. We used it for harvest, prayer, fertility, whatever,' she said. 'If you can walk, you can dance. If you can count, you can get rhythm. In other cultures those words (I can't dance) don't even make any sense to people.' 

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