On Wednesday I watched a young couple's final private dance lesson prior to their forthcoming wedding subsequent Saturday.
The engaged couple had been not going to dance the standard bridal waltz, but alternatively had been dancing a slow romantic dance that had been skilfully choreographed to their favourite appreciate song. Just about every facial expression, just about every physique position and movement in that dance had this couple extremely clearly telling each and every other more than and more than, “I appreciate you… , I appreciate you… , I appreciate you… “. But, not a word was spoken.
This slow romantic dance was straight away followed by a extremely lively Mambo. The dancing couple by way of this second dance stated to me the observer, “yes, we appreciate each and every other dearly and we are genuinely going to have exciting and take pleasure in our lives with each other”.
I have taught tertiary courses on communication, and have utilised the following scenarios to demonstrate to students that communication is not just about verbalisations and the written word.
“OK, pair up and when I say 'go', I want you to sustain eye speak to with each and every other for thirty seconds only, but do not communicate something.”
We would then talk about this situation as a class and commonly the consensus would be that the eyes are extremely critical in the communication approach. And, of course they are.
A second situation I from time to time utilised was to get one particular of the students to stroll outdoors the classroom and to then come in and be extremely cautious not to even fleetingly give eye speak to to everyone in the area. This student had been told not to communicate something to everyone.
Of course, it can not be carried out.
We can not, not communicate.
But, some types of communication are additional potent than other individuals.
And, what a potent kind of communication is DANCE.
My buddy and Flamenco Dance specialist Tomás Dietz sent me an report he had written on Flamenco. The report is referred to as “What is Flamenco?”
His introduction reads: Flamenco is a complicated art kind firmly woven into the fabric of Spain's Andalucian culture, expressed by way of passionate singing, driving guitar accompaniment and intensely emotional percussive dancing that requires arching bitter-sweet physique movements and shotgun footwork.*
Understanding that the dance's history can be traced back to the 15th Century and the shocking atrocities suffered by the Spanish Inquisition and with the numerous unique cultures involved, offers a complete new which means when seeing the dance performed.
Contemporary Jive, Swing, Rock 'N' Roll, and various other dances have their roots in the dances danced by Afro-Americans back in the 1920's and 1930's. I have written and published an additional report on the history of these dances referred to as, “Hopping at the Savoy”. To these dancers at the time, DANCE, was possibly additional critical as a communication tool than language itself.
There are thousands of unique dances and numerous hundreds of designs of dance, and any one particular of them could be looked at as a communication tool. But if I was to give additional exemplification right here, this would come to be an epic and not just an report on dance and communication.
Dances are capable of expressing the complete variety of human feelings. And, the additional the dancers of the dance really feel these feelings, commonly the additional convincing the dance efficiency will be.