Howard Gardner, a renowned writer, lecturer, and
professor at Harvard University, defined the seven basic human intelligences.
One of them is Body Intelligence. Body intelligence is the ability to use the body to
express emotion. Dance is one of the best example of it.
Definitions of what constitutes dance are dependent on social, cultural, aesthetic,
artistic and moral constraints and range from functional movement (such as folk dance) to
virtuoso techniques such as ballet.
Dance is also used to describe methods of non-verbal communication between humans or animals
(bee dance, patterns of behaviour such as a mating dance), motion in inanimate objects (the leaves danced in the wind), and certain musical forms or genres.
Dance movements may be without significance in themselves, such as in ballet or European folk
dance, or have a gestural vocabulary/symbolic system as in many Asian dances. Dance can embody
or express ideas, emotions or tell a story.
Everybody should learn to dance. Dancing teaches you about pace, rhythm,
and how to move your body.
There are many different styles of dance. In the video below you will know
the most remarkable styles of dance
along the history.
Vídeo 1: Dance: Most famous styles during decades
Vídeo 2: For fun. A peculiar performance of dance.
International Encyclopedia of Dance. 6 vols. New York:
Oxford University Press, 1998.
The most exhaustive reference work on dance, covering the historical evolution of dance in the countries of the world,
analysis of dance techniques, theories of aesthetics, individuals, companies, and works.