Why Do You Dance?

I found this interesting little article written by Dr. Peter Lovatt on the Psychology Today website:


Dr. Lovatt asks the question “Why do you dance?” and reflects on the many different types of answers he receives. The responses provoked by a question like that vary widely but all seem to reflect an emotional state or, often, a compulsion from the music – a sort of transcending connection. That connection may be experienced alone or as a shared experience between dancers. Dr. Lovatt quotes one of his responders as saying,

“I love the additional sense of connection to the music that I get from dancing close with another person. There’s a real sense of being able to hear the music the way that other person hears it – and to share how I hear the music with them.”

My summary:

Some people dance alone.

Some people dance with a partner.

We all dance for different reasons, but mostly, the music.

If you dance, why do you dance?




2 thoughts on “Why Do You Dance?

  1. Critique over Rebecca’s Blog: Katlin Montgomery

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  2. Thank you so much for your in-depth comment! I’m still navigating topics and this blog is very much a work-in-progress so any advice is much appreciated.

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