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Virtual dance parties are popular. What’s behind their rise?

Dancers and Social Communicators

They have a common set of genes, according to a recent study published in Genetics Journal, and the evolution of these genes dates back 1.5 million years.

Our ancestors were good orators and dancers, having specific skills for social bonding, where celebration, healing and rituals (like the Rain Dance in some cultures) were accompanied by dance.

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Virtual dance parties are popular. What’s behind their rise?

Virtual dance parties are popular. What’s behind their rise?

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Dancin’ In The (Virtual) Streets

The lockdown has resulted in restricted movement but has led to a rise in dance, as people strive for physical movement for fitness, stress relief, healing and human connection.

Dance is a universal language. And Social media and YouTube see live dance classes booming, while DJs go virtual, converting our living rooms into rave scenes with live-streaming dance parties.

Dancers and Social Communicators

They have a common set of genes, according to a recent study published in Genetics Journal, and the evolution of these genes dates back 1.5 million years.

Our ancestors were good orators and dancers, having specific skills for social bonding, where celebration, healing and rituals (like the Rain Dance in some cultures) were accompanied by dance.

African Dance As A Mean Of Communication

The Guadeloupe island inhabitants in West Africa used dance as the main means of communication, with the art form of ‘Big Drum’ called Gwoka, which had different beat rhythms for different emotions.

Dance and Emotional Health

Dancing is good for the brain, as it kicks off endorphins, and increases our ability to form neural connections, making healing easier and reducing the risk of dementia considerably.

Dancing forms a deep emotional connection with the people around you, making it a beautiful way to experience joy and laughter with our friends and family.

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