The Love Language of Dance

A love language is considered a verbal or non-verbal form of communication which can improve the mental and physical well-being of a person.  The art of dance has historically been a way of expression, contributing to physical and mental fitness and even as a means of survival for ancient cultures.

 

Dance was a way of communicating and bonding in prehistoric times.  Researchers examined the DNA of a group of dancers and non-dancers and found that the dancers shared two genes associated with a predisposition for being good social communicators.  Dance has long been considered a universal language that can communicate emotions more powerfully than words.  Because of the important communication component, dance became an important tool for social interaction and bonding.  Some scientists even think the ability to dance was a way of survival during the ice age.  In fact, LiveScience reports that  humans who were rhythmic and coordinated may have had an evolutionary advantage.

 

There are many ways to express feelings and emotions; writing, visual arts or music.   Dance, however, is a way to express your unique self and connect your body to your soul.  Through dance, emotions can be expressed by all parts of the body.   Dancers know how easy it is to lose themselves in their dance and escape from the real world.  The experience allows the dancer to discard the past, forget the future and be in the moment.

 

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You may know that dancing makes you feel good, but did you know that there are scientific reasons for that feeling?  Dance regulates levels of serotonin and dopamine in the body and can be an important way of improving emotional health by reducing stress.  Additionally, coordinated movements stimulate the brain’s reward centers.  The social implications of being a part of a community of like-minded individuals contributes to the emotional benefits of dancing as does the confidence that is gained from pursuing the activity.

 


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Is there anyone on the planet who has ever said that they feel worse after dancing?  The synergy of mind, body and spirit brought together through movement is what makes dance the ultimate Love Language.  February is a good month to reconnect with yourself through dance.  We would like to share that bond with you.  Post a picture on our Facebook,  Twitter  or Instagram (@danceplatinumco) pages or tag us to show how dance is your ultimate LOVE language!

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