For more than 30 years my family and I were avid participants in Scottish Country Dancing, which, through music, form, style, tradition, body language, and increased flow of endorphins proved to be formative in valuing social connectedness. The levity, livelihood, and uplifting experience is the essential driving element that satisfies our need for connectedness, freedom, and fun in ways that defy explanation. How well do I remember reminding my daughters, then aged 14 and 16, to be respectful of the other dancers and to “wear their maturity hats” to which my daughter, Bridget, replied, “Mom. How can you expect us to behave like adults when all the adults here act like a bunch of children?” Good one, Bridget! Dancing brings out the child in all of us. And that’s not all.
This is a great article that reinforces what most of us who love to move to the music have always known.
Dance your socks off!