Freeing yourself with dance

12 November, 2009

Everyone who wants specific physical aptitudes to enjoy dance, all those who think that dancing is not something of theirs, all of us, we are a unique tangible truth since we were born until we die: we are body.

Today's society pushes us to think of the body from the outside: in the aesthetics of the body, in the "I have a body", like who has a car, a house ..., and, in this regard, Having replaced the "being body" by "having body," many of the anguish of our being. When we look at the body as a property that is always susceptible to being improved, we have moved away from our individuality. We spend a part of our life struggling to get to look like an ideal that never comes, and that condemns us to a constant frustration.

Dance is a means to enjoy oneself and the body in all its dimensions. A dimension that, if we could look at it as always when we were children, does not know about judgments or aesthetic impositions.

Danse, dance, tanz, in French, in English or German, this word means 'stretching', 'stretching' or 'stretching'. "Dance, dance!" Parents say to the boy who walks, and they applaud to give him a rhythm. Thus, the child discovers the dance. Before rising, the child's body goes through a first sinking state. Your joints are not strong enough. Before stretching, the joints of the legs relax in an alternation that creates a rhythm. It is a way in which the body naturally assumes the spontaneous movement of the fall. At the end of this process, the child manages to maintain the balance on a bed. Build a rhythm, shifting its center of gravity, from one leg to the other. Then, it is not unreasonable to maintain that dancing is the capacity of the body to be able to support itself in a single bed.

And beyond, because through dance express feelings and establish communication with others, based on the principle that mind and body are inseparable. "Emotions are always bodily," says Hilda Wengrower, author of The Life is Dance.

A good for the body and the soul
It is medically shown that dancing generates many physical benefits: it increases the tenderness and muscle elasticity, improves muscular tone, flexibility and strength, gives more movement capacity and favors coordination, self-perception, rhythm and memory . Any type of dance involves a continuous movement that improves pulmonary capacity, aerobic resistance and cardiovascular activity, and according to the chosen method, it is a good method to burn calories, provided the session lasts more than twenty minutes, The time required by the body to start using fatty tissue as a fuel.

Apart from the physical benefits, it also has psychological and emotional as it constitutes an excellent therapy against stress and anxiety. Dancing allows us to release tensions, escape us for a while from everyday problems, having fun, feeling the music and expressing ourselves with the body, and it is shown that enjoying emotionally releases toxins that are very beneficial for our body.

And finally, dance is a socializing activity, which facilitates communication and contact with people, especially with the couple, for example, in ballroom dancing. All in all, it increases self-esteem, it is a good tool against timidity and turns dance into a space to rediscover and communicate from a field that, although it is not coded (such as the word), it will always be an endless area of ​​surprises that will bring us closer to this lost individuality.

There are so many benefits of dancing that we are beginning to talk about dance movement therapy, which tries to combine creative and expressive aspects, to favor the psychotherapeutic process, and achieve the physical and psychic interaction of the person.

It is an interdisciplinary therapeutic modality that synthesizes the art of movement with the science of psychology.

Dance for all tastes
Sometimes, it is customary to relate the term dance with certain styles, usually the classic and the contemporary ... But dance is a generic name under which we can find all kinds of styles: hip-hop, jazz, tap, flamenco , ballroom dancing, lindy hop, belly dance, dance line ...; All have their own technique and a way to activate the different body.

On the other hand, the style is usually defined from what visually attracts attention, and this is an error, because it can generate confusion and nourish certain non-existent myths. The solution is to go to the dance professionals to request information.

There are no dance styles that are more than women than men, it is our gaze, which tends to be irretrievably obtuse, which wants to label it like that ... There is not an ideal age to start dancing, or styles that Work more on the posture or be harder than others. It is not true that it is easier for children to start dancing than for adults ... the only thing that differentiates us is that they do not have so many prejudices and that is why they sometimes learn faster.

If you like to play, discover what your qualities of movement are and how you interact with space and with others, if you want to laugh at yourself ..., if you want to challenge your physical and mental abilities To the rhythm of music, come to try it; Your space is your body, your space is dance.

The ballroom dancing

Among the wide range of activities related to dance, one of the most widespread are ballroom dancing, perhaps because the work of several dances makes the sessions especially fun and varied.
In a ballroom dance course, they are often learned from Latin rhythms such as txa-txa-txa, an easy rhythm with steps that are not very complicated; The samba, which requires more control of movements with the pelvis, or rumba, a rhythm that sees different influences and that influences both the fusion of new musical styles.
Another great group of dances are those born at the beginning of the 20th century, such as the quickstep, the foxtrot, the twist or the swing.
We also find the most classic, and also romantic, rhythms, such as the Spanish bolero, the Argentine tango, the bolero or the waltz.
And finally, we find all those styles that are typical of the folklore of each culture, such as Sevillanas or Sensual Belly Dance.

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