Journal of Dance Movement and Spiritualities. Acknowledgments Why Dance? To Dance Is to Matter 2. To Dance Is to Evolve 3.
To Dance Is to Know 4. To Dance Is to Be Born 5.
To Dance Is to Connect 6. To Dance Is to Heal 7. About the Author Kimerer L. In response to what goals , goads, and gods? Or maybe there is a second question—why, as in: Why have you stopped?
It is not inherently anything—neither good nor bad; helpful nor harmful. There is no paradigmatic technique or form.
Any dance tradition or technique, any set of exercises or training regimes, represents a collection of movement impulses that a given person or group of people have received, recreated, and remembered. Dance as movement is inherently relational. What sensitivities and sensibilities are we honing? What kind of relationships are we manifesting with ourselves, with others, and with the earth? Why do humans dance? We dance because we can.
So, there must be more reasons why we do so. There must be something glorious about dancing that is more than just intangible; it must be almost imperceptible. The answer to why we dance – and even why some people are better dancers than others – can be found in evolution. A study published in the.
Because dance is who we are. Because dance is what our bodily selves do. Because dance is how we become who we have the potential or desire or need to be.
Must we dance? In so far as we have any life at all, we are moving. At some level, in some range, however narrow, we are creating and becoming the patterns of sensation and response that our movements require. Whether or not we practice is up to us. But we can. Should we dance? That is a question each person needs to ask his or her self. And the first step in forming an answer is to ask: what is dance to you? What is it that you do everyday that brings your senses to life? What is it that wakes you up to the sources of your creativity and compassion?
Your new ideas?
Your joy? Whatever it is, there is a dance in it. Whatever it is, do it. Once you can see the dance in yourself and what you do, you may be inspired to do more—to seek out further opportunities to see and sense and be moved by patterns of movement that other humans have discovered. Go for it!
Humans can dance anywhere, for any reason, with whatever meaning we choose. The fact that humans can is what matters. The fact that we do is what enlivens us. The fact that we can do more is what gives me hope for this species and our planet. Kimerer L. LaMothe, Ph. The idea that there is a mind-body problem perptuates violence against bodies. Why did this American modern dancer describe her work as "love of the body"? The reason for this is because there are connections being made between the body and mind that interpret patterns.
Whenever we exercise, chemicals called endorphins are released which then triggers positive feelings. So of course this is the same for when you dance. Dance is the perfect form of exercise to relieve some stress and have fun at the same time. Personally, dancing on a bad or stressful day has distracted me from the outside world. When I dance, I get lost in what I'm doing and I forget all about what was worrying me. Also, when dancing you don't have to worry about if anyone is judging you or your dancing because more than likely, the dancers themselves are getting lost in the music as well.
Teaching at a dance studio has made me realize that this is very true. Students become much more attentive and hardworking after their first few months of dance classes. This is because there's different rules that apply to different aspects of dance. Dancers begin to get the hang of rules because they know it has a purpose that will benefit them, which can also be true about the outside world.
This discipline doesn't just happen to small children, but other ages as well. Just as other forms of art have saved people in hard times, so does dance. Dance allows for the freedom of creativity. We express our emotions when we dance, which are feelings some people try to suppress. Ignoring our emotions is not healthy, but sometimes people do not feel comfortable sharing that part of themselves.
Dance expresses emotions like joy, pain, nostalgia, and many more.
Creatively, dance also allows people to interpret how the music makes them feel whether it is through choreography or the meaning of their dance. Growing up, I remember being extremely shy. I would hide from relatives under tables or hide from strangers behind my dad's leg.