The Boyfriend and I have been talking about dancing lately. He is finally almost ready to try learn to dance with me! It’s taken over five years to get to this point. Yes, I am a very patient woman. And persistent. He is NOT getting out of this!
Boyfriend says he doesn’t understand the appeal of dancing. I struggle with this, because I LOVE to dance! It is an integral part of my being. Dance has been a part of my life since I’ve been able to stand. There is footage of me bouncing in front of the TV in my diaper to Shining Time Station. I took Irish Step-dancing classes for five years, and have been taking bellydance classes for over ten! In college I learned swing and ballroom dancing. Yeah, I like to dance.
But Boyfriend doesn’t, and I believe him. Well, sorta. I believe he will like it eventually. I believe most people would like dancing, given the right opportunity. The problem is convincing people to try. In trying to convince the Boyfriend, I began looking for an explanation of the appeal of dance. This was surprisingly difficult. There is a lot of information available concerning the physical and mental benefits of dance, how to dance, the history of dance, but I couldn’t find anything answering in concrete terms why people dance. It kinda makes sense, because I consider dancing to be a very spiritual activity. Asking someone why they like to dance is like asking someone why they believe in God. There is not a simple answer for that.
I cannot speak for everyone, but here are some reasons why I love to dance:
- Dancing allows me to explore all the wonderful movements and shapes my body can create.
- When I dance alone, I think about sharing the joy I feel with others.
- When dancing for an audience, the message I try to send is that I am happy dancing, and I want to share that happiness with them.
- When dancing with a partner, no words need to be spoken. We communicate through movement.
- When dancing with a crowd, I feel empowered and connected to humanity as a whole. Here we are, together, in this moment, celebrating Life, and all is well.
- Dancing makes me feel connected to the present moment.
- Dancing is the closest sensation we can achieve to touching music. Similar to playing an instrument, but with dancing it is a full body experience.
Why do I dance? To feel connected – Physically, Mentally, Spiritually – to myself, the music, the moment, and the people surrounding me.