Dance is the movement of the body in a rhythmic way, usually to music and
within a given space, for the purpose of expressing an idea or emotion, releasing
energy, or simply taking delight in the movement itself.
Often dance releases feeling such as sudden accesses of high spirits, and
joy. Dance is a powerful impulse that cannot communicate specific events or
ideas, but as a universal language it can communicate emotions, directly and
sometimes more powerful than words.
(The New Encyclopedia Britannica volume 16: "The art of dance"
People around the world use dance to express themselves, pass on their history,
and exercise their bodies.
In this way dance can be a celebration of the emotional, mental, and physical
Dance often used to mark major life changes, or to communicate an important
event ether nations or self-history. It is one way for people to learn about
their culture, tradition and values.
Dancers in the past used to communicate and express feelings that are difficult
to convey in any other way.
For older people in nursing homes dance can be a powerful tool for the wellbeing
of the residents.
One of the reasons dance is so powerful, it's because we use most of our
senses when we dance.
We hear the music; we see the dance movements, the costumes, we touch each
other, we hold hands.
As young and healthy people we use most of our senses most of the time. But
as we get older and sicker we lose the ability to do so. Most of us accept
the change; it is only when people lose their independence, self- esteem,
or dignity that they feel the full impact of that loss.
Dance is a way to bring back the light into our lives.