The Dance#1


Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.”

                                                          Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life (1923)


Dance is one of the few tools of human communication that represents an international language. It is energy without words, emotion without tears, anger without shouting and love without whispers. Most of the communication we engage in each day fits into the space we call nonverbal in nature, and dance is the art form that transforms movement into language and this language becomes the power to inform, seduce, interpret, and explain our humanity.

The power of dance to transform and heal has been recognized for centuries and for those who dedicate themselves to it’s performance, it is common to hear them say, “dance saved my life.” The healing happens when the mind/body fusion finally allows the dancer to say, “this dance is me, and my mind and body flow together to show you my strength and passion.” Like any physical action, it is possible to be enthralled by the beauty of someone else dancing with passion and grace, and this celebration of talent is wonderful. To really explore this joy for yourself, you must also join the dance! Kick off your shoes, move to the music, and feel the excitement of  being a part of this universal language.

This image, Dance #1 was made in Santa Fe, NM, world famous for art. Native American dance is especially powerful in this area, and not to be missed if you visit the Santa Fe area.

P. Miller