What are its origins? At their most basic, dance is the practice of moving something or someone, either in a fixed physical manner (like the dance of children and adults) or in relation to a fixed, moving object (like the dance of a professional figure skater or an artist painting or sculpting). Some artists like to define dance as “movement of a single object”. This can be problematic, however, because “movement of objects” isn’t an accurate description of what happens during a performance. (Here is a list of many more examples: movement of objects during the music, movement of objects during the art, movement of objects during the choreography, etc.)
More accurate are those movements that have a specific purpose—moving something away from where it is normally placed, or moving something within a specific area. So a skater moving their body around on the ice, or an artist moving their hand between two objects.
Why do we love to dance?
I am interested in how people interact in a community. The people I know who love to dance are warm, inviting and willing to talk about creative pursuits. For a long time as a child, I saw dance as a form of play and bonding, rather than as a sport or activity. This idea doesn’t come across in the news stories about kids who take it a bit too seriously at school. In a way, this also makes me sad. Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of dance is its celebration of being able to relax, to relax in the moment. It seems more “natural” to me with kids at the school, or a class of high school seniors. This kind of “passion” is something that has been lost from the dance world, in my mind.
“But what if you love to dance but haven’t been encouraged to by your parents?” Well, there is a good and hard-working school district that is trying to change that. The KIRO 8 News story I mentioned earlier was on “Dancing With the Stars”. I am so glad that the schools are taking steps against this kind of behavior in my community and that there is such a strong community of support for those who want to create the dance that defines our community. It is sad to witness and to see. And sad because one of our schools has done much good—but we have still not truly got back our dance movement that is so beautiful to look at and be a part of.
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