Why We Dance, According To Science

The feeling of pure human energy in the middle of a pulsing concert. Everyone around you is jumping, screaming, dancing; you can feel the vibration in the air. The mix of hairspray, sweat, and weed, and the deafening sound of a thousand voices melding into one as the artist come on stage — buzzing with excitement, movement and togetherness.

Why do we like to dance?

A neurologist from Columbia University closely dissected this question.

“Music activates the cerebellum, at the base of the brain, which is involved in the coordination and timing of movement.” John Krakauer said.

It is body language. Just as words can move a reader to tears, to watch a body rise and fall as energy radiates from fingers to toes is beauty in its rawest form.

Dance is an EXPRESSION.

It works like a mirror, reflecting your soul. Dance utilizes the EMOTIONS. Like a singer putting her all into that last vibrating note, the dancer brings out the emotion through her body.

It’s letting go and allowing the music to sweep you away into its rhythm.

Studies have also shown that dancing involves mental and social interactions and it actually helps your serotonin levels and neural connections in the brain. Mounting evidence suggests that we are sensitive and attuned to the movements of others’ bodies because similar brain regions are activated when certain movements are both made and observed. Synchronicity sparks when two people dance together.

“Dancing in sync with other people also seems to foster feelings of group affiliation,” said Scott Wiltermuth, PhD, an organizational behavior professor at the University of Southern California.

The ability to dance is actually connected to the ability we survive: The world is ruled by sex and things that have to do with it. Dancing is one form of sexual expression that actually isn’t taboo, so we do it.

We dance because we are free.

We dance to become free.

We dance to reclaim our brilliant ability to disappear in something bigger.

We dance to fall in love with the spirit in all things.

We dance because it is everything. It’s a stress relief, creative outlet, the love of my life, it’s my passion.

Dance portrays all of the energy and emotions we have in our body. It is the purest way to show expression.

Scientists aren’t 100 percent sure what it is that makes us dance, but they have found a lot of evidence that supports it. Music activates the cerebellum, at the base of the brain, which is involved in the coordination and timing of movement.

People keep thinking love is a person when, in truth, it’s the dance between you and everything else.

Find your own rhythm, teach yourself how to dance.

“Dance in your blood, dance when you’re perfectly free.”  -Rumi

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