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    Why do people dance? Because it's FUN! Why must there be some elaborate theoretical explanation behind everything? Dancing is the only activity you can partake in where it's perfectly acceptable to flail your arms and legs about with no particular rhyme or reason. And even if you're bad at it, people will still say "well at least he/she is having fun!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindyrella View Post
    Why do people dance? Because it's FUN! Why must there be some elaborate theoretical explanation behind everything?
    Because finding some elaborate theoretical explanation behind everything IS fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by narticus View Post
    Because finding some elaborate theoretical explanation behind everything IS fun!
    *spills water on keyboard*

    I'm so with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helfeather View Post
    I've never comprehended the purpose of dancing. Why do some people love dancing? I'm really not joking here; I see no value in it.
    The function of dancing is as courtship ritual. It permits individuals to form pairs, which then move rhythmically in close proximity to one another in a stylized simulation of coitus (in some modern cases not very stylized).

    Dancing is frequently a prelude to mating. This is its purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    The function of dancing is as courtship ritual. It permits individuals to form pairs, which then move rhythmically in close proximity to one another in a stylized simulation of coitus (in some modern cases not very stylized).

    Dancing is frequently a prelude to mating. This is its purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    The function of dancing is as courtship ritual. It permits individuals to form pairs, which then move rhythmically in close proximity to one another in a stylized simulation of coitus (in some modern cases not very stylized).

    Dancing is frequently a prelude to mating. This is its purpose.
    That actually is it, i think. It also demonstrates physical prowess for mating appeal. Not much different than the ritualistic mating dance found throughout the animal kingdom.

    There is dance as art form, rather than social ritual, which is completely different. In that case it uses the body to symbolize deeper meaning, explores the potential of the human form to move and posture. It become a physical language with subtle nuance that recites narratives, and communicates deep emotional nuance. When you see it done up close with clarity, it is profoundly moving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    I agree with your perspective on dancing, but I personally like listening to music, although sometimes I like silence as well. It's probably because I can think, read, and listen to music at the same time, on separate mental tracks, especially while I'm alone.

    So, do you really not like any music at all?
    Well, I hate music with lyrics. I have voices in my own mind, I don't need an external voice interfering with it.

    The only type of music I don't mind is instrumental music, particularly the guitar and the piano. Opera is nice also. I listen to pitch, not beat.

    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    The function of dancing is as courtship ritual. It permits individuals to form pairs, which then move rhythmically in close proximity to one another in a stylized simulation of coitus (in some modern cases not very stylized).

    Dancing is frequently a prelude to mating. This is its purpose.
    Well, in that case, it's no wonder I don't see interest in dancing. Waste of expenditure in energy in my case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helfeather View Post
    I've never comprehended the purpose of dancing. Why do some people love dancing? I'm really not joking here; I see no value in it.

    As well, music. Why do people listen to music? Whenever I listen to music, it interferes w/ my thinking and hurts my head. I prefer absolute silence.
    What about a wind blower? What is your attitude to the wind blower?
    It has a different kind of a sound.
    Most people just love the wind blower.
    Do you?

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    Back by popular demand.

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    Music is a way to express emotion! Dancing is a way of *becoming* the music! Dancing is an art, too...so it comes from both ways....using your body movements to express.

    I dance because it's fun, and energizing. Also, good exercise.
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