Dancing is the performance of a series of movements with aesthetic and often symbolic value, either improvised or choreographed. A defining characteristic of dance is its use of rhythm and music to organize and guide the movement of the body in space. In addition, dance may incorporate gestures and facial expressions that convey meaning. Communal dances such as the Maypole dance or the Jewish hora bring people together to celebrate and share joy or sadness, or they can be an act of mourning, as with the Table of Silence at Lincoln Center on 9/11. Dance can also be performed in competitions, with a specific set of rules governing the event.
If you’re new to dancing, it’s important to listen to the music and really feel it. The music sets the pace and the mood of your dance, so it’s important that you choose a song with a beat that matches the style of dancing you want to do.
Another great way to learn is to watch others dance. Not only can it be fun to see other dancers put on a show, but you can learn a lot by studying their technique, postures, styles and facial expressions. If you’re not sure where to start, ask a teacher or dancer to teach you a few steps or even an entire routine. Once you know the basics, try to practice at home or on a trampoline to get your moves down and improve your balance.