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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Gotta Dance!

Article here addressing the question of 'why we like to dance. Movement of all kinds seems to be a very healthy component of most living things, possibly even moreso when it is rhythmic movement. Music is known to stimulate certain pleasure and reward areas of the brain, as well as areas having to do with coordination and timing of movement. That combination then, of both music and movement, may be especially satisfying or rewarding, and intensified even more when shared with another person. Other forms of movement, not necessarily directly related to dance, like exercise, martial arts, and sports, likewise have very positive effects on the nervous system and body in general. The article also makes the point that even just watching rhythmic movement (especially by a skilled practitioner), without participating, is itself pleasurable as well.

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