Why I dance... Pourquoi je danse... A beautiful video by the Ontario Arts Council to cultivate engagement and interest in dance.
EVERYbody can dance! And everyBODY is uniquely beautiful. SoEVERYBODY DANCE NOW! Dancers are often held up as examples of physical perfection. But I like to challenge narrow notions of beauty and see all different forms, shapes, sizes and abilities as beautiful. Mainstream media often only shows us a limited spectrum (usually very tiny, athletic, two-dimentional, photoshopped bodies). But I love three-dimentionality and I celebrate diversity!
It also doesn't really matter how "good" of a dancer you are (unless you are competing on So You Think You Can Dance? or aspire to someday star in Swan Lake). All it takes is a dance-floor (or living-room or kitchen) and a heartbeat! It also helps if you don't worry about what you look like. And even if you do, it's ok. In safe dance-space everything is allowed. Once you start moving, chances are you'll stop thinking about what you look like and just start to feel it. Authentic Movement or dancing in a way where you are following your own inner impulses is an invitation to experience your body from the inside out. When our minds and bodies get disconnected or too brainwashed by the media, we worry about what we look like and imagine ourselves from the outside through a judgemental lens. But dancing is a way of reconnecting with ourselves and expressing our inner-life. Enjoying ourselves and shining our light is a gift to everyone around us. Happiness (or any other kind of honest emotional expression) is very contagious!