“Dance has the rare and precious power to unite people of all ages, cultures and religions and has an intrinsic value to Canadian society.
Consider the enthusiasm of children as they express themselves through movement; the joy adults exude after a ballroom dance class; the profound emotional response of audiences and their reflections after a powerful dance performance; the incredible energy generated in a room when everybody starts to boogie; and the passion and history reflected in traditional and cultural dances.
Imagine how desolate a world without dance would be.
Dance speaks to the mind, body and soul in a way that goes beyond the power of words and its social impact and capacity to engage should be celebrated. As an art form dance can be impressive but expression is its fundamental nature.”
~Yvon “Crazy Smooth” Soglo, artistic director of Bboyizm
Shake it, move it, wiggle it, drop it… The Canadian Dance Assembly invites you to participate in this year’s National Dance Week. It will run from Sunday, April 22 to Sunday, April 29. It’s focused on promoting International Dance Day on the 29th. During this week, one theme will be celebrated each day to embrace the rich and varied landscape of Canadian dance, according to the ilovedancecanada website.
SarahJane Burton, the head of the dance division of musical theatre at Sheridan College, says that dance is a key source to keeping your channels open. “Dance is a full mind-body experience,” she says, “You are improving your co-ordination, increasing your flexibility, and creating a greater endurance.”
On Wed April 25, it is “dance is a source of well being for seniors” day. So, turn that volume up just a little bit more that morning. Take five minutes out of your day to just sway to rhythm of a song. Your movement can encourage a positive energy that is addicting, and can encourage others to join in. It’s an endorphin feeding frenzy! So… what are you waiting for? Get up and dance!