Why DO humans dance?
You might think it's an easy question to answer. It isn't. Not for me. It took a whole book! Seven chapters!
Yet it is also true that themes of those chapters spiral around one another, forming a thick cord that, I am hoping, different people can grasp in different places, wherever it comes closest to where they are.
So then, why do humans dance?
I’ve been dancing since I was two years old. When I was younger, dance was just for fun, but as I got older, I became more and more serious about dance. When I was six I started to dance competitively. Now, when people ask me what sport I play, my answer is always that I dance. I usually get some funny looks. So, clearly, there is a question in people’s minds about whether dance is a sport or an art.
Dance is when people move to a musical rhythm. They may be alone, or in a group. The dance may be informal play, part of a ritual, or part of a professional performance. There are many kinds of dance, and every human society has its dances.