What Is Dance?

What Is Dance?

The meaning of dance.

According to Google, the definition of dance is, “a series of movements that match the speed and rhythm of a piece of music.” OK, I can agree with that, but they're missing the real essence of dance. Dance is all of your emotions put together into a single piece. It’s not always beautiful, and people don’t always understand it, and although it’s hard to explain, I will try with help from some of my favorite quotes. The first is one of my all time favorites.

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique. They are great because of their passion." - Martha Graham

I know I have little to no technique, so I really like this quote. Don’t get me wrong, technique is important, but seeing someone who really enjoys what they're doing is so cool. When people tell me my passion for dance shows in my performances, it makes me feel amazing. Plus, people tend to forgive technique errors when they watch your routine if you capture them with your passion, and you get the true meaning of your dance across to the audience.

“To touch. To move. To inspire. This is the true gift of dance.” - Aubrey Lynch

When you watch a dancer who puts their all into a dance, it speaks volumes. When you're dancing, the audience should be feeling whatever you're feeling on the stage. Routines that make an audience walk away thinking, "What on Earth did I just watch?" are usually the better ones. A lot of dancers can memorize steps and then repeat them in front of people, but a true dancer takes the choreography to the next level through emotions and making it their own.

“While I dance I can not judge. I can not hate, I can not separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance.” - Hans Bos

When you're dancing, you're in your own world. Nothing else matters. All worries, frustrations, and stresses are put on hold. You are completely in the zone, letting the music help guide you across the dance floor. Let that negativity fuel you, not hinder you. There's another quote to go with this one: “Dance first, think later, it’s the natural order.”

“Dance for yourself, if someone understands good. If not, no matter. Go right on doing what interests you and do it until it stops interesting you.” - Lois Horst

When I tell people that they should try dance, the majority say they can’t dance because they have no rhythm. What people don’t realize is that dance is just like all other art forms. It’s not black and white. Some people see as beautiful what one person sees as ugly. Some people are going to love your work and others aren't. If you give it your all and are having a good time, it shows in your work. Even some of the best dancers and choreographers have days where no one understands their piece or likes it, but they continue to do what they love, anyway.

There you have it, my attempt at explaining dance and what it means. I'm not the best at putting my true thoughts down through writing, so here are two of my dance routines. Hopefully, this helps aid in explaining dance. If they don't help, oh well. Like I say in the article, not everyone will get it and that's totally OK.

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I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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