In a similar vein to my ‘For the Love of Music’ post, I’m going to take it one step further. Music itself is connected to a lot of actions including playing instruments, singing and dancing. For a lot of people, a deeper connection to music is had through one of this actions. For me, it is dancing.
Dance is music in motion.
Dance has given me confidence; regardless of style of dance that I’m doing. I become someone else when I dance. I often compare dance to acting; it’s acting with movement instead of with words and actions. Dancers take on a persona whether that’s sexy seductress or forlorn lover; you’re clued in on the meaning of a dance by the emotions the dancer portrays, though the music should also give you a hint.
It is fun to branch out into different styles of dance and there are so many things to learn. Dance is an action that is never perfected. You can continue to learn and grow forever.
One of the first things I do when I hear a song now is try to gauge how danceable the music sounds and what style of dance would fit it. And let me tell you…a lot of songs are very danceable.
I love the feeling of moving to the beat of the song. It’s fun and sometimes I even do it unconsciously. I’m definitely that crazy person you seeing doing random arm movements in the car next to you on your daily commute…I’m actually dancing in my head, but because I’m driving my arms are the only things that can be moving. Safety first!
You don’t have to take class or train to be able to dance. Dance is a key part of social interactions as well. Girls (and boys) go out together just to go dancing in the club or at a bar or at a concert, any event where there’s music. Dancing can allow you to connect to a partner or bond with your friends.
In terms of performances and dance pieces, dance can tell a story, but for me, it also doesn’t need to sometimes. Dance for the love of dance is amazing as well. It feels good to let your body do whatever it wants to the sound of music.
Do any of you dance? What styles do you do?