To Dance is a Radical Act by Kimerer LaMothe, Ph.D.

To Dance Is a Radical Act

The practice of dancing is vital to our survival as humans on earth.
Published on November 29, 2011 by Kimerer LaMothe, Ph.D. in What a Body Knows

To dance is a radical act. To think about dance, to study dance, or to practice dance in this 21st century is a radical act.

Why?

Because if dancing matters—if dancing makes a difference to how we humans think and feel and act-then dancing challenges the values that fund modern western cultures.

How so?

1. Mind over body. A first and fundamental value of western cultures is the one that privileges our mental capacity, in particular our ability to reason, over and against our feeling, sensing, moving bodily selves. I think therefore I am. We believe that “we,” as thinking minds, can exert control over our bodily actions, and that we should. We believe that achieving such mind over body mastery is good, and even our ticket to success in any realm of endeavor.  MORE

 

 

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