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Updated: May 30, 2020

Are you familiar with the mind-body dance philosophy? You may have heard this phrase thrown around during your ballroom dance lesson but you may still be wondering how you can best implement this into your dance practice.

 What if it turns out that dance is one of the first mind-body disciplines? Based on ancient paintings found 8000 years ago in a cave in Europe illustrating that. This paintings demonstrates moving figures engaged in a ritualistic fertility dance. Throughout history one of the most popular forms of self expression was the body movement. And over time, dance has taken on an abundance of different styles and forms on a quest to send different message trough the expression of the body.

When you’re dancing, not only is it physically liberating, especially if you’re slumped over a desk all day, it’s also a natural way to get out of your own head. Beyond music and words, dancing allows your intuitive nature to take hold and an internal rhythm to set in. Unable to hide, your body language reveals itself. Like yoga and meditation, it allows you to block out external noise and gain clarity. 

Like we said earlier , many people are working long hours and we all have limited time and energy to dedicate to their dance practice . Some of us are just happy to make it to the studio on most days. Knowing this, it's easy to go into autopilot. Increasing awareness and mindfulness during your rehearsal will ensure you're getting the most out of your time spent on the dance floor.