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.
|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