NO COMMENT: A THEORY OF DANCE

I have long wanted to share this bit of jaw-dropping, utterly ridiculous pseudo-wisdom that was told to me in complete seriousness. In 1994, I was sitting in a Northampton (Massachussetts) café with an old school friend from Mount Holyoke College. It was the summer following my first year in graduate school and we were discussing the possibility of my studying the anthropology of dance. Some friends of hers came by at just that moment and one of them began to pontificate “knowledgeably” on the subject. Here is his theory of world dance:

Some cultures dance from the waist up and some cultures dance from the waist down.

 

 

Dancing from the waist up

Dancing from the waist up

Dancing from the waist down

Dancing from the waist down

Say what?

 

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2 Responses to NO COMMENT: A THEORY OF DANCE

  1. Shelley says:

    Love this. People like bumper sticker explanations of things. I like bumper sticker explanations but the older I get the more I think… the whole truth might not fit on one.

  2. First, welcome to the wonderful world of dance research. Second, this post was meant to be sarcastic…there is no such theory. Luckily, I recently posted an article on Dance Advantage.com reviewing books on history and culture of world dance. Check them out and get started!

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