Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Four Women Dancing

The urge to move to music is universal. Dancing represents an essential part of human culture, and acts as a social unifier, increasing cohesion in a group. Collective effervescence, a concept created by sociologist Émile Durkheim, is what sits at the heart of dancing and gives it its unifying power.

A more unified community is a happier one, and happiness has strong links to health. Not to mention that dancing is an enjoyable form of exercise, which many doctors would be happy to prescribe.

Print of four women dancing while holding hands
Four Women Dancing by Unknown, School of Andrea Mantegna. 1492–1502. The Art Institute of Chicago. Public Domain.

Highlighted Vignette Volume 12, Issue 4 – Fall 2020

Fall 2019   |  Sections  |  Music Box

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