Long before Dancing With the Stars, was even a gleam in the producer’s eye, Patrick Swayze opened the eyes of baby boomers to the inherent joys of dance. Swayze, who was both a ballet dancer and a football player, was also one of the most gorgeous, graceful and elegant men who ever graced the movie screen. An absolute joy to behold.

For me, one of the most memorable moments in “Dirty Dancing”, was when Johnnie, (played by Swayze) instructs Baby, (Jennifer Grey) not to get bogged down trying to count numbers in order to keep the tempo of the dance,  but to listen instead, to the sound of her own heartbeat…. Ka-chung, ka-chung, ka-chung. The heart has its own unique rhythm, one that is vibrant and joyful.

Hearts are a little heavier this morning, for all of us who Swayze has  left behind.

Adieu, Patrick