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The cost of self-expression

At a time when we are celebrating our independence as Americans I pause to reflect upon that word: independence. As always, when I reflect upon something, it is inevitable for my brain to wonder over into the realm of dance. I recently watched a video of a Palestinian girl dancing, impromptu, to an Italian street musician's music. In her dance she was not "Palestinian," she was not of any religion, or politics, she was simply human - beautifully human, expressing her beautiful human-ness. The conflict of her home and her people was not there. She was above it all. Anyone watching her would find her incredible in her expression of joy. I have recognized over the years, as I become more

 

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