Dance is a universal language in a way that everyone can communicate. Everyone has the ability to express himself or herself through dancing at some level. And dancing is for everyone – no matter your age, size, culture, dance background or ability.
Anywhere in the world, you will meet people who have an interest in or knowledge of dance, and you will find that with dance, we all end up on the same page because of our love for it.
You could dance the waltz with anyone in China or in the deepest South and be able to connect immediately because of the non-verbal communication.
When a dancer learns a specific dance, that person can take it along anywhere. The ChaCha and the Tango will dance the same way around the world.
I have met many who think they can’t dance, when in fact they just have a fear doing it. Even if you think you can’t dance, you probably can.
Many people will not even step into a dance studio because they have no confidence in their ability, but that is exactly the reason to walk in the door. Dance studios are created to teach dance – the instructors don’t expect people to know how to dance when they first come in.
Dancing is not just the physical action, it also involves plenty of emotion. We can come in close contact with someone we don’t even know, begin dancing and feel immediately closer to knowing them. In fact, people don’t even have to have the same background, live in the same country or even speak the same language to feel the joy of dance.
You don’t have to be a professional to achieve this emotional connection through dance. It can happen at any level.
Dancing can also be therapeutic. Couples can work through a rough patch and reconnect through dance. Doctors have sent people dancing who need more physical activity – and those people will certainly find dance a good workout.
People with physical disabilities as well as mental disabilities, and even those just having bad day, can be helped through dance.
People who dance for a living are lucky to have a talent and passion that they are able to pass along to others and share that joy.
Give it a try! You might just discover that you love the language of dance.
Sandro Virag is a partner and instructor at Hilton Head Ballroom Dance Studio of Hilton Head, located in Bluffton at Seaquins Ballroom. hiltonheadballroom.com