The dance revolution started in the 1920s and 30s. This revolution created the most powerful cultural and moral values and institutions we still have today, like the UN, the Human Rights Council, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the World Bank, the National Endowment for Democracy and so many other public-private organizations and programs on the ground. In many parts of the world, there is still a great deal of cultural resistance to dance’s positive impact in today’s societies. On the flip side, many societies are beginning to embrace dance as this powerful social force to bring people together.
What can dancers do to influence society and build on their social good deeds and role-modeling?
As dancers, our responsibilities are to be respectful towards other people in the community. We must respect their space and rights in the community. Dance is a physical, social, emotional, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual performance—an expressive art form that should allow all human being to participate freely and be fully present in each dance moment. When a group of people dance they have an inner and outer circle of companionship, as we call it—an inner circle of joy and appreciation. This is an inner circle that can be extended to the entire world. In this way, we are part of the community and part of the universe, not separate entities from one another. We are all brothers and sisters. Being part of a dance community is a life long journey of learning and teaching and learning new ways of being. Our goal is to be a part of that journey—to be a part of helping to promote the development of dance for the benefit of all, in partnership with the other stakeholders in our community. In doing so, we are making space for dancers in society, not just for the purpose of entertaining, but to support the positive transformation of our culture, our way of being and the evolution of our societies.
I see the dance scene growing, with many great new organizations. What other activities can help support the growth in the scene and help people be part of the dance world?
To find an organization or a team which may be able to connect you with other dancers in the community, please check out the following link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DanceNYC/ or email your request to Danceteam@gmail.com
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