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" Page: 935.)

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 human self.

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.

We thank Smadar and Ken Edmunds of Melbourne Australia for sending in this article.