Do you remember the first time you ever danced? What was it like? Why did you do it? Was anyone doing it with you? What kind of music was playing? Where were you, how old were you, etc.? Do you like to dance? Do you think you are a good dancer? Why not? Are there scenes from films, music videos, YouTube videos, or television shows that incorporate dancing that you really love or think about? What are they? What are your thoughts about them? If you come from another culture aside from American culture (whatever that means), how is dance negotiated differently in that culture than in how you view it occurring within American culture? Why do you think that is? What does it symbolize?
Dance is an art where the people start moving their body to the music rhythm either alone or in the groups. Some people define dance as art while others define it like sports. But for me, dance is a passion. A passion to achieve something or to work hard , where I can put much of my effort in the spare time to do so. I may call it as a sport which could never end, or I don't want to give it up. In this essay, I would describe that how I developed the fondness for this dance and why I love to dance so much (Senge, 2014).
In my life, dancing has been vital for more than eight years. I joined the dancing class when I was just eight years of age, and this was done by my mother. Initially, neither I knew how to dance nor the dances steps. With time, I started learning and now it has become an integral part of my life. When I started dancing, I had no intentions of doing it with so much of passion, but now when I have learned it completely, I don't want to give up this. When I joined the school, then I was given the dance tutorials alone as I was the beginner but later on, I was put into a group of five students (Huddy & Stevens 2014). When I was placed in the group then by that time I had already learned some dancing. The group I was placed in was specific for jazz music dance. I also loved the jazz music dance and was very happy to be placed in. Our dance trainer used to make us practice from all sorts of sources like televisions, music from radios and especially the videos on YouTube. I loved dancing to the videos of you tube because there I could learn the dance steps very minutely by watching them on the screen. According to me, learning from YouTube was very much beneficial for me as I learned many things from it. At first, I was not at all a good dancer but with such resources, I could now dance very well. My cousin is in Australia, and she also loves dancing, but I have noticed that there is a difference in the dance cultures of both places. The Australian culture is famous for the dance like ballet where as American dance culture includes jazz and tap like. The difference in the dance culture of both places is due to the people who have settled there. In Australia, Scottish, Irish and English people are found in majority and ballet form is preferred by them (Montano, 2013). Whereas the America is dominated mostly by people of Indonesia and India, so tap and jazz is preferred (Dang, 2016).
I would say that dance has helped me to grow in many ways in my life. Now the dance has become a part of my life which I don't want to give up. Also, the varied forms of dance have given people the option to choose what they want to learn. I have become more responsible and hardworking by learning dance.
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Senge, P. M. (2014). The dance of change: The challenges to sustaining momentum in a learning organization. Crown Business