Here is an image from my last work "Dancing Flare".
Dance has the power to open an inner path leading to the surpassing of oneself, of one's body but also of one's mind and soul. By observing Mexican dancers, I became imbued with this universal energy invoking this state of transcendence that transforms us and opens consciousness.
~ Delphine Blast
Dance, unarguably, is a form of art. The dance has always been with us, even before the arrival of written language and modern history, when our earliest cultures evolved utilizing oral and performance methods to pass the stories from one generation to the next.
The earliest findings have pinpointed the origins of ancient dances in 9000-year-old India or 5300-year-old Egypt. One of the earliest uses of structured dance was introduced in religious ceremonies that told the stories of ancient myths and gods.
After the arrival of European Renaissance, the history of music and dance exploded with the new additions to song and dance. Ease of travel and immigration to the new world brought these dances into the mix with many native cultures of the New World, forging countless new dance types are still popular to this day.
Dancing is more physical than mental. It is about giving your brain a break and letting your body connect to your soul.
“Dance is like the air. If you start dancing once, it is forever. The body and the soul suffer if you deprive them of it. Dancing is love…” said a dancer to me ones. And I had to agree.
For me, dance is an inspiration, feeling, rhythm and way of life. By learning to understand and communicate through dance, you learn much more about the movement, as such, in all its forms, and you get a different kind of aesthetics and perception of space.
Dance is the articulation of reality and its notion of it without intermediaries such as language, logic, etc., that is, in its primacy it is expressed in a tight and sufficient way, without need of context and conditionality.
And yet, often in dance, we recognize a cultural imprint. We identify certain moves and rhythms with various countries. We subconsciously memorize different moves which we see in different cultural dances. The Samba of Brazil, The Flamenco of Spain, The Dragon Dance of China, The Viennese Waltz of Austria… and this list can continue for a while. We associate the sound of music and the visual of dance with certain countries. Even those who have never visited the counties always have some visual reference seen in movies, theatre plays, or simply on a dance floor.
And for the sake of simply moving and breathing to the rhythm of music,
dance allows us to enter a meditative state, to clear our minds and hearts from heavy thoughts and energies.
~ ✐ Nataly Rader