Dance: The Language of Love

“There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them”, the Austrian novelist Vicki Baum once famously said. Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to convince you to dance. For a difference this week, I am going to let some famous people speak on behalf of delights of dance and its other perks.

It is amazing how dance is connected to many different aspects of life. It is even considered a divine art by a few; Ancient Greeks had their patriarchal god Zeus represented through dancing, Apollo was called the Dancer and Terpsichore was the dancing muse. Many religious books talk of dancing. Perhaps this is what led Friedrich Nietzsche to conclude that he would “believe only in a God that knows how to dance”. It is interesting to note some of the Latin American or African Jazz dances we enjoy today have evolved from celebratory religious rituals.

Dancing is inevitably tangled with sensuality and lust; George Bernard Shaw expressed it as a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire legalized by music. Craig Ferguson, the American late night host, once said “If a man doesn’t know how to dance he doesn’t know how to make love, there I said it!”  Dancing is definitely a language of love. Fluidity and grace of movement bequeathed on a dancer by their training are undeniably attractive. Perhaps even more persuasive is the suave, elegant sophistication, and the grasp of the art of communicating at a more primal and universal level.

The famous actor-dancer Gene Kelly apparently started dancing because he knew that was a sure fire way to meet girls. I don’t really know if he needed any.

Leave it to the highly successful producer of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, Nigel Lythgoe to choose his words more judiciously. The former tap dancer turned TV mogul says “Dance is creative, it makes us use both hemispheres of our brains. You’ve got to be creative, you’ve also got to control yourself. It makes us better people.”  The control he speaks of refers to the discipline required for training and developing body awareness, as well as the social and partnering skills.

It is said that if you can talk you can sing, and if you can walk you can dance.  This is true for most the part, however, common sense says that you need the passion and application to be a good dancer. According to the thrice World Amateur Latin Champion Franco Formica, the love for dance is the most important element. Passion and commitment to the art he says outweighs natural talent by 90: 10!

George Carlin once said “Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.” H.P. Lovecraft said “Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.” Guess which one was an insanely awesome comic and, which one is not an automated love machine invented by HP (Hewlett-Packard) but a writer who can’t hear music!

We’ve been contemplating dance this far, but as novelist Samuel Beckett puts it most eloquently: “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.”

If you are interested in dance lessons with us, please call us on 0714-873333, or send a message to nipuna@dancerevolt.com

This is an article written by DanceRevolt’s  Nipuna for the Sunday Observer Youth Magazine. The published article can be found here.

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