The Echoes of the Mind (77) Dance


Dance is a song of the body. ~ American modern dancer Martha Graham

Dance is a universal human behavior, and often plays a role in courtship contexts. As such, that its aesthetic appeal is biologically based is indisputable.

Female dance is considered captivating when it has exaggerated hip swing and asymmetric bilateral movements of the arms and thighs.

Hip swing positively identifies feminine movement, as any male watcher of women’s buttocks can attest (and there is no shortage of those). In females, the hips are the key indicator of dance quality. Asymmetric limb movements signal motor control and balance: an honest signal of health.

To males they’re showing off their reproductive quality, perhaps their hormonal state. To female rivals they’re showing off how good they are. ~ English psychologist Nick Neave

Similarly, women prefer certain dance moves by men, especially exaggerated upper body movements. Overall, moves which demonstrate strength, balance, and agility are alluring. These naturally coincide with bodily health.

Confidence in dancing is a statement of character.

You see somebody dancing, or hear their voice, and you make a lot of detailed judgments about their personal properties. Those inferences often go far past the information that’s truly there, yet they exist. ~ English psychologist Frank Pollick

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We all should dance more. ~ English psychologist and dancer Bronwyn Tarr

The psychological power of dance is considerable. Dancing can improve fitness and reduce stress, as well as boost mood and self-esteem. Dancing in groups encourages social bonding.

There is something special about matching the same behaviors at the same time. ~ New Zealander social psychologist Paul Reddish