Dancing Feels Good, Dance With Me

At its core, dancing is about so much more than moving yourself to some music. 

Imagine yourself getting ready to travel to an exotic destination. You are prepared to relax and reconnect eager for new adventures and discover new aspects of yourself while enjoying the process. Most certainly you are excited to indulge in the wonders of a new culture: its language, its history, its nature, its cuisine and of course its music. You feel you are disposed of anything. But are you ready…to dance?

Photography by Stefania Orrú | Edited by Alex Samusevich

That’s right. There might be virtually no better way to understand a group of people than by learning how they dance. Surely, dancing is great when you are in an Ibizan club and no one you know can see you. Maybe it can help you descend the cobblestone steps of Dubrovnik with a little more grace and sophistication. But more than all of that, dancing can really give such insight into the lives of total strangers. It truly can be so transcendent of a place and culture that we can understand more about the human experience because of it.

Dancing is good for your body.

Dancing to your favorite 90’s jam may be fun, but it is also serious exercise with health benefits of physical activity that has been documented by professionals in the matter for many years. Physical exercise keeps the muscles strong, the joints flexible, and the cardiovascular system healthy.  It also releases endorphins in our brain that help us stay more positive, more relaxed, and certainly more confident. Those are just some great side effects for doing the running man!

Photography by Stefania Orrú  | Edited by Alex Samusevich

Dancing is good for your mind.

Dancing stimulates our minds which is always craving a mental challenge. We love to dance when we are kids and we continue loving it as adults too. As a result, we learn a sequence of steps and practice to hold it in our memory, we develop new neural pathways that increase our coordination, process what we hear, see, and feel and then formulate it all together into a movement. Dancing challenges us to keep our minds sharp in a myriad of ways and it has been proven to be one of the foremost therapies for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dancing intrinsically fulfills us in a way few other activities can.

Beyond physiology, beyond psychology, there is an almost philosophical aspect to dance that we find ourselves inexorably drawn to. We all long for joy in life, happiness and peace. We long for the opportunity to reflect on our experiences and to come to a stronger realization as to what they mean. We long to interact with others, to understand and be understood. Dancing helps us do all of that in a way that is irrespective of circumstance. Whether we are doing a samba in Rio, a tango in Buenos Aires, a flamenco in Seville, or a two-step in Texas, dancing proves its ability to affect us in a way that transcends the bounds of language, border, class, or culture. Simply put, dance transcends the physical. We may have different beliefs and different ways of life, but dance gives each of us the opportunity to feel and express those beliefs and live our lives in a more profound way. That is why we love it so much. That is why no matter where you travel, you will find people eating, laughing, and loving, but also, dancing; and that is why dance is so much more than movement alone.

Photography by Stefania Orrú  | Edited by Alex Samusevich

When you are running through your final checklists, before you lock up your suitcase and open it again in some new paradise, ask yourself this question:

“Did I remember to pack my dance shoes?”