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Understanding Dance

Appreciating Dance

Practice

If you are still not convinced that you can enjoy dance, then some practice may be in order.

From breathing and blinking your eyes to reaching, running, talking and hugging, you move all the time. Noticing your own movements and expressions is a good preparation for relating to the movements and expressions of dance.

You can also try looking at moving bodies that are more familiar. Notice the way someone walks down the street or watch a child play. Look at how a basketball player dunks a ball or the way a hockey goalie makes a save. The movements of many athletes follow organized pathways that elicit emotional responses from their spectators.

Dancers are also athletes. Through hard work and discipline, they train to move their bodies in an organized or choreographed way. What you see on stage can be just as accessible as watching a sporting event.