Throughout the Why Dance Matters event, fabulous submissions were received from people who wanted to share why dance matters to them. Below, I believe I’ve gathered most of the posts. However, if yours is not listed please feel free to add a link in the comments. As for the hundreds of tweets posted via the #whydancematters hashtag on Twitter, I can only say I am in absolute AWE of what can be said in 140 characters! Bravo.
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Why Dance Matters to YOU
Meg Mahoney, a full-time dance specialist in a public elementary school has been prolifically blogging concise thoughts in a series about Why Dance Matters. Below are the links but I suspect she has more to say on the topic so stay tuned to her blog.
- Why Dance Matters: it transforms
- Why Dance Matters — it’s contagious — in a good way
- Why Dance Matters: it nurtures our better selves
- Why Dance Matters: it’s for yourself alone
- Why Dance Matters: it’s fun!
- Why Dance Matters: it’s a break for the body & mind
- Why Dance Matters: it’s playful
- Why Dance Matters: more voices from the dance classroom
Maria Hanley, in addition to her interview with 4 and 5 year olds, interviewed her parents and a students’ mommy to find out Why Dance Matters to them!
The artists of Indigenous Pitch Dance Collective, through the art of dance, assist and nurture children affected by natural and/or socioeconomic disasters, fulfilling this mission with performances, residencies and workshops throughout the United States and abroad. Here are their reasons…
- Indigenous Pitch » 3 Reasons #WhyDanceMatters
- Indigenous Pitch » Dance and Health, 3 More Reasons #WhyDanceMatters
More participants provide their reasons in written form…
- Reflections in Verse and Prose: The Healing Art of Dance Therapy
- Moving together « We Dance With Dolphins
- Letters (and a Poem) from Leaping Legs
- Shelley’s Bellydance Adventures
- Why Dance Matters to Leslea Clark
- Why Does Dance Matter? « Random Connections
See Why Dance Matters to Leslea’s students too: Uptown Dance: Why Dance Matters
Reaching onward and outward…
- The Menomonee Club Shows Why Dance Matters (Chicago, IL, U.S.)
- Twitter Recap at Awareness Musings (Seattle, WA, U.S.)
- The Ballet Bag (U.K.)
- Elbaz Dance (Israel)
- Asha World Dancers (Nevada, U.S.)
- @NuevoDance “We all need a way -- our own way -- to change the world for the better.”
- @pinkypatchy04 Dance can transform a mediocre day into a joyous one. Dance inspires us to transcend the ordinary & become greater
- @nanckj watching my students grow, being a mentor & friend. A positive spot in their day! Making sure they have self confidence
- @youdancefunny: Dance taught me to be happy with who I saw in the mirror and because of that I finally became human.
- @kinetic_element when I am happy, when I am sad, when I am angry -- dance is always there for me
- @seenfromafar because it lets me express my most profound hopes, enamored daydreams, deep insecurities, and cherished memories
- More #whydancematters
Thanks for taking the time to participate and affirm why dance matters.
YOU made Why Dance Matters special!
Nichelle Suzanne is a writer specializing in dance and online content. She is also a dance instructor with over 20 years experience teaching in dance studios, community programs, and colleges. She began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. As a Houston-based dance writer, Nichelle covers dance performance for Dance Source Houston, Arts+Culture Texas, and other publications. She is a leader in social media within the dance community and has presented on blogging for dance organizations, including Dance/USA. Nichelle provides web consulting and writing services for dancers, dance schools and studios, and those beyond the dance world. Read Nichelle’s posts.