Here’s a new idea for you to ponder. What makes a movement art? What makes it beautiful? What is dancing?
I don’t have the perfect answer, so today I’m asking you.
An Intellectual Exercise
You probably didn’t feel like a dancer the first time the teacher put on music. As beginners, we learn a LOT of steps. If you’re like most of us in our first class, you moved awkwardly to the beat, hoping you didn’t mess up too badly.
But at some point things start flowing, you feel the music, you jive with your partner. And you say to yourself, “Ah, now I’m really dancing!”
Later, you may see yourself in a video or photograph and instantly change your mind: “It feels so good, but it looks so… blah…”
Anyone who cares about dancing will feel disillusioned at one time or another. If you’ve ever reached that point, this is the perfect question to ask yourself:
What makes movement beautiful?
- When does walking become dancing? What makes movement art?
- Does dancing require music? Creativity? Self-expression?
- Is the intention of the person moving the deciding factor?
- What about coordination, efficiency, body mechanics, alignment?
- What is good quality of movement?
In the comments below, please share your answers to one (or more!) of these questions.
By talking about what you think makes movement art, you can define what you’re working towards and overcome disillusion. Will you add your voice to the discussion?
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