I’m a great fan of partner dance and for me the fun is in the connection with the other person. But there is something to be said for dancing alone.
Dance as meditation
For people who are resistant to sitting still and being present, solo dancing can be the easiest form of meditation. The Whirling Dervishes use it as meditation, and in a less formal way anyone can lose themselves in movement to music to calm and center themselves.
Solo but social
Of course, it can be social as well. Even though you don’t touch your partner, you can engage with each other in other ways. You can follow each other’s movements, try out each others steps, play off of your partner’s styling. Doing this is much more fun than just standing in front of another person on the dance floor and basically ignoring them.
As is so often the case, the case for solo dancing is perfectly expressed by the muppets! With irresistible enthusiasm, Gonzo makes a case for the best partner of all time: himself!
by LaurieAnn Lepoff
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