Re-Define the Meaning of Dance in the Dictionary

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The current definition of dance does not acknowledge why we dance and how it makes us feel.  

Dance is currently defined as:

 VERB
1. Move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps.  
NOUN
1. A series of steps and movements that match the speed and rhythm of a piece of music.

(more detail on OED's definition of dance)

(more detail on Merriam-Webster's definition of dance)

PROPOSED NEW DEFINITION:

The creative expression of humanity, society and culture through the body.  Physical experience of human emotion for personal expression and social connection.

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Dance is not about learning steps, a style or technique. Dance is any movement the body chooses to make, a physical expression that words cannot express. For all human beings, dance is a way to learn and communicate. As babies we relate to our caregivers through movement and physical contact. As children we continue to learn through movement. All movement is dance; our physical connection to others and non-verbal communication - a life long dance with the world.

The body contributes far more to our lives than just physical attributes such as strength and endurance - it plays a major role in emotions, learning and relationships. The body is intimately involved in all our thought processes, understanding, emotions and decision making.

Why is Re-Defining Dance Important?

Movement is the expression of ourselves in the world. Movement open doors to connecting beyond barriers and impacts social change on levels we cannot comprehend.  

In a world where technological advancement allows for instant global connections, we are becoming increasingly disembodied. This gives rise to “dis-ease” in our physical, emotional and intellectual selves. In order to experience life to it’s fullest, it is important to keep in touch with our moving selves.  We are not advocating a specific movement technique or practice. It is about re-discovering that we are all born knowing how to dance. 

By re-defining dance, we give it back to people, it is not something that is unattainable, we can all experience the freedom of dance.

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