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Tyra Banks DWTS and Dance as a Self-Improvement and Personal Development Tool

 

 

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Helping you become more self-aware, intuitive, effective, efficient, precise, productive, and self-aware through dance, movement, and somatics.

 

What is the meaning of life, and how can dancing help you to survive, and prosper.

 

 

Q. Lewis, I’m a big fan of dancing with the Stars. Watching the dancers really gets me motivated and gets rid of my blues. What do you know about dance as a tool for personal transformation?

 

A. I’ve never actually watched Dancing with the Stars, though I will watch So you Think You Can Dance now and then. I always thought of the former as a type of motivational porn where we get to watch celebrities engaging, in a Survivor-style circus of competition and movement until they lose.. Still, sitting on my couch, eating air-popped popcorn made me think of how much dance has transformed my life.

 

Aside from knowing what dance is conceptually it is important to understand that dance is so much more than just a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement.

 

Dance is deep. It has aesthetic and symbolic value that grows like a flower blooming out of a framework of choreography and a repertoire of movements. It also brings different people from different backgrounds together in new ways.

 

 

 

 

 

Dance connects us to our history and our ancestor’s places of origin.

 

An important distinction is to be drawn between the contexts of theatrical and participatory dance, although these two categories are not always completely separate; both may have special functions, whether social, ceremonial, competitive, erotic, martial, or sacred/liturgical. Other forms of human movement are sometimes said to have a dance-like quality, including martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading, figure skating, synchronized swimming, marching bands, and many other forms of athletics.

Dance can free us, activate our creativity, balance our qi, relieve our depression, open our hearts, and make us feel alive.

 

The early-20th-century American dancer Helen Moller stated simply that “it is rhythm and form more than harmony and color which, from the beginning, has bound music, poetry and dancing together in a union that is indissoluble.” I say “shut up and dance, and of course, save the last dance for me.

 

 

Rhythm and dance are deeply linked in history and practice. The American dancer Ted Shawn wrote; “The conception of rhythm which underlies all studies of the dance is something about which we could talk forever, and still not finish.”

 

Below is Bill Robinson the greatest dancer ever, with Shirley Temple

 

 

 

A musical rhythm requires two main elements; first, a regularly-repeating pulse (also called the “beat” or “tactus”) that establishes the tempo and, second, a pattern of accents and rests that establishes the character of the metre or basic rhythmic pattern. The basic pulse is roughly equal in duration to a simple step or gesture.

 

 

In recent decades the application of dance and movement as a therapeutic tool has expanded dramatically. Dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) and Somatics are the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance to support the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body/mind.  Skilled practitioners look at the correlation between movement and emotions.

 

 

Of course, dance has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. It has been used as a healing ritual in the influence of fertility, birth, sickness, and death since early human history. Over the period from 1840 to 1930, a new philosophy of dance developed in Europe and the United States, defined by the idea that movement could have an effect on the mover vis-a-vis that dance was not simply an expressive art.  There is a general opinion that Dance/movement as active imagination was originated by Jung in 1916, developed in the 1960s by dance therapy pioneer Mary Whitehouse. Tina Keller-Jenny and other therapists started practicing the therapy in 1940. The actual establishment of dance as a therapy and as a profession occurred in the 1950s, beginning with future American Dance Therapy Association founder Marian Chace.

 

Here is Fred Astaire dancing for you

The theory of DMP is based mainly upon the belief that body and mind interact. Both conscious and unconscious movement of the person, based on the dualist mind-body premise, affects total functioning, and also reflects the individual’s personality. Therefore, the therapist-client relationship is partly based on non-verbal cues such as body language. Movement is believed to have a symbolic function and as such can aid in understanding the self. Movement improvisation allows the client to experiment with new ways of being and DMT provides a manner or channel in which the client can consciously understand early relationships with negative stimuli through non-verbal mediation by the therapist.

 

Through the unity of the body, mind, and spirit, DMT provides a sense of wholeness to all individuals. The body refers to the “discharging of energy through muscular-skeletal responses to stimuli received by the brain.” The mind refers to “mental activities…such as memory, imagery, perception, attention, evaluation, reasoning, and decision making.” The spirit refers to the “subjectively experienced state of feeling in engaging in or empathically observing dancing.”

 

Ultimately dance therapy works to improve the social skills, as well as relational dynamics among the clients that choose to participate in it to better improve their quality of life. Through this form of therapy, clients will gain a deeper sense of self-awareness through a meditative process that involves movement, motion, and realization of one’s body. Dance therapy is different from other forms of rehabilitative treatments because it allows creative expression and is more holistic, meaning it treats the full person: mind, body, and spirit.

So what does all of this mean?

Get out of the chair you are sitting in right now and dance. Dance with yourself, watch disco on YouTube and dance, go to the park, the beach, or a pier, put on a pair of earphones connected to your favorite playlist, and dance.

 

 

Here is Billy Idol “Dancing with Himself”. I met him once. He was really shy, seriously.

 

 

 

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In a way, we are all in a dance of life. Dancing is a great lifehack for improving your relationship, staying fit,  and creating greater emotional harmony and contentment

 

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