Why does dance matter?
It is more than just a place to be or a thing to do or watch. There is a reason every culture embraces their own form, there is a reason it’s part of celebrations
Stillness to movement, quiet to loud, shy to confident. It changes people, things, and the atmosphere. It can bring emotions to the surface, it can express things that wouldn’t normally be able to be seen. It brings people out of their shell.
In a good way – you’ve seen the videos of people joining in with street buskers, you feel your feet tap when watching someone dance. Once one person hits the dance floor at a party – then more join in.
As much as it can be a way of sharing serious stories and emotion – it is also playful. It is creative and a fun way to make movement or tell stories. It is playful for preschoolers learning coordination, and playful for the lead performer creating new movement patterns to new music.
It’s a break for the body and the mind
You can switch off the day to day, forget about learning to write or finishing that report. You just let yourself get lost to the music and the movement – the body and the mind switches completely.
We have a deep rooted connection to movement
Before we spoke we moved. We naturally embrace movement, we feel restless when sat still for too long. Dance embraces our desires to move in a beautiful way.
It’s about giving and sharing
Performances, ideas, knowledge, joy. Whether you enjoy watching a ballet, live for your Friday dance class, take over the dance floor at a party, or watch your little one shine on stage. Dance brings joy to all – observer and performer
Dance removes barriers
No words are spoken – it can transcend language. No matter where you come from, people understand dance. It breaks down barriers between cultures, between old and young. It welcomes the shy, the confident, the newbie, and the experienced to share in the fun and creativity – it brings unity.
Nothing else needed really here!