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It is hard to resist the rhythm of the music. It is hard to resist the urge to dance. Moving your body to a rhythmic beat is a natural expression of the body and has been since the dawn of humanity. Even so-called wallflowers will bob their head ever so slightly or tap their feet as they observe others shaking their proverbial money-makers on the dance floor. If you’re one of those wallflowers and you would like to get in on the action, don’t be shy. Sign up for classes at a dance studio in Charlotte and learn how to move your body to all kinds of music.
The Anthropology of Dance
Today, people think of dancing in an entirely different way than early human civilizations did. Unfortunately, because dance does not leave a physical indication of its presence behind, unlike pottery or painting, we don’t have a concrete idea as to when dancing became a common practice among humans. But, if cave paintings and other ancient artifacts are an indicator, dance has been around for a very long time. Many anthropologists believe that the first forms of dancing came from the earliest stages of human evolution. It is believed that rhythmic movement of the body developed alongside body decoration and simplistic, beat-driven music as a way to put warriors into an altered state of consciousness known as a battle trance. Later forms of dance were used by shamans and mystics to ward off disease and heal afflicted people. This belief was widespread, from the rainforests of Brazil to the European continent, where the danse macabre was performed to protect people from the bubonic plague. Of course, dance has been used for a long time as a method of self-expression. Dance was popular all over the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, both in the theaters and in the Dionysian cults which celebrated musical, orgiastic frenzy. As time has gone by, dancing has become a purely aesthetic exercise, each region, culture, or sub-culture developing its own style of movement. From the smooth flow of ballet to the frenetic energy of hip-hop moves, everyone loves dancing.
Learn How to Dance
If you want to learn how to dance, visiting Dance studio Charlotte is a great way to start. You can learn all of the basic styles, be it jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap, modern dance, or even ballroom styles. There are classes for at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels available. Even if you feel like you have two left feet, you can learn to move gracefully under the tutelage of a dance instructor. All you have to do is be committed to learning. Enroll in classes at a studio and start dancing the night away.
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