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As an expression of emotions of all kinds dance is a wonderful vehicle. So many activities can be defined as dance it is boggling, but we know that it must involve some kind of movement of the body, from almost nonexistent motion to frenetic gyrations.  Generally, dancing is not solely for oneself, it expresses feelings, stories, and invitations to one or more others. Dancing is not limited to humans, a large part of the animal kingdom uses dance for the same reasons we do, and we humans recognize that. Almost every expenditure of dance energy for all dancing species is some variation of relief from a plethora of positive and negative stimuli. One can dance melancholy, sadness, or grief; happiness, joyousness, or ecstasy; satisfaction, pride, or disappointment; send a message or make a comment. Once you’ve recognized and acknowledged a current or past mental state in your life you can express it in any way you please with dance. The venues for dance also meld with the dance itself. If the place and time do not match the emotion or message you’re attempting to send the impact of your dance is lost. All forms of dance with all their expressions of emotion and their messages convey those emotions and messages most effectively when directed to their intended audience in a place where that audience can be found. When this is accomplished one finds the enhanced communication can convey worlds of information and, generally, a feeling of well-being or satisfaction ensues even if the emotion or message is sad or not necessarily what one wants to know. The fact that information about feelings, likes, and dislikes has been communicated and that one is not alone is enough to give some comfort and relief from negativity. Primarily, though, dance evokes positive, joyful feelings and that is even more valuable than sharing sorrow or anger. The more life-affirming and positive dance can be employed the fewer negative feelings need to be expressed. Why wouldn’t anyone want to share and dance their joy?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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