I want to start asking the question “What is dance?”. Many people I meet through dance classes and teaching, or elsewhere in my artistic work, express varying ideas but they often find it easier to say what they don’t think dance is… when I ask what they think dance is, things get a little muddier.
The debate about what dance is is of course ages old, with some people feeling that Ballet or anything related to ballet is the ultimate form of dance, while others preferring a large dose of Hofesh Shechter. To me dance is how I express myself, my thoughts, ideas and emotions through movement, whether with music or in silence, whether a slow and simple solo or a full-scale ballet or contemporary production.
So if you have an idea about what you think dance is, please share your thoughts in the comment section below. Can you put it in a sentence or two? What dance classes have you taken or performance have you been a part of and thought “Now this is dance!”? I’d love to hear your thoughts!