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Thoughts Per Diem: Benefits of Dance For Beginning Adults

Whether it be the strictly regimented form of ballet, the sauciness, intimacy and flashiness of ballroom, the loudness and attitude found in hip hop, or the soft, freeing, release and contract of lyrical, the art of dance can be immensely healing in body and spirit. To adhere your mind to another perspective of the world, another perspective of yourself, and to instill a new form of movement throughout your body is invigorating and refreshing through adulthood. It is a splash of new-ness that many crave as an adult. Dance can inspire the daring and bold move of eliciting different personas within one’s self.

Dance is indisputably the most beautiful and elegant form of art contrived of man. The most wondrous thing about this art form is its miraculous therapeutic abilities. Aside from the masterpieces of art your body will learn to create, dance can train your body to revive itself. Through various techniques and styles that are perpetually being reinvented, any one individual can find a style that is suitable to their personality, one that instills passion for the individual, and most importantly, one that is comfortable to express with your own body.

As for physical health, many adults have forgotten how certain body parts and areas function due to lack of exertion once they’ve settled into the more mundane lifestyles of office jobs, domestic care, etc. It is important to remain intimately in touch with your body and the movement of each and every single muscle as you age. This way you stay in tune with yourself and understand when your body speaks to you. This will render a most rewarding relationship between you and your body once you realize illness symptoms or any forms of minor discomfort are easier to identify. As an adult this will play its role in the prevention of physical deterioration as health becomes more of a focus.

While enrolling yourself in dance class as a beginning adult, the most important thing to remember is that it just might be the best thing you could do for your mind and body after the years of vibrant youth have settled themselves down memory lane. Dance is not only a psychological catalyst which can revive those years of virility but, for many adults who have deemed themselves incapable of the same physical abilities of years past, it may act as a stimulant for muscles that have rusted over time without the oils of physical release.

Dance class, in any technique or style, is able to offer the knowledge of muscle control, flexibility, stamina and the perspective of a healthier you, in mind body and soul. While benefiting health wise, you are offering your body a chance to relive the greatnesses it once performed. All of this is done while in an artistic sphere of mind. You will undoubtedly find that beginning dance lessons as an adult could be the best decision you’ve made for yourself after years of answering to commitments and responsibilities of the those in a world away from the zest of adolescence.


Thoughts Per Diem: The Importance of Dance

As there is far too much to be said of the importance of dance, we are left with one last choice. And oftentimes, it is precisely when there is far too much to be said of the importance of something which forces us towards a different medium for communication. When words simply cannot express an emotion or an idea with accuracy, we dance. Dance is the voice of the suppressed: suppressed voices, suppressed emotions, suppressed ideas, suppressed identities. When our vocals fail or betray us our bodies will speak. When our voices cannot project far enough to express the contagion of happiness, when our pain cannot be molded into syllables, we dance.

Essentially, dance is birthed during the absence or rejection of vocal communication. Any person blind, deaf, or dumb may dance. In the darkness and in the stillness once can dance. In the rain, sleet, snow and sunshine one can dance and even when there is utter, daunting stillness, one may always dance. As the truest, most sincere form of communication, our bodies are a vehicle, and sometimes a weapon, of ferocious expression. Bodies will express things that are too vulnerable or too biased to communicate in terms.

This form of physical art displays upon our body what our subconscious feels, for all to see. A dancer is able to present themselves and their circumstances naturally and unabashedly. Movement combined with purpose and emotion resonates louder than any decibel known to man. We find a form of freedom, release and purification from the confines of our minds often clouded over with thoughts too explicit for language. Instinctively then, our bodies default to its own language; lyricism understood by individuals in all societies, from all demographics.

Beyond all promotion of the art, dance is necessary to the well being of our mental and physical health. Without physical release and satisfaction of communication portrayed through dance, there would be no personal freedom to be gained in this world. And there is nothing as important as political and economical freedom than our own personal freedom; the freedom of our bodies from the prisons of our heads and inner demons, and the freedom of our bodies from unseen, unwritten chains of society. To understand the importance of dance, one can find it in one place only: in the dance itself. And to quote the brilliance of another artist, Shakespeare did believe that all the world’s a stage.

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