The History of African Dance
African dance styles vary across tribes and nations, but all are deeply steeped in ritual and history. For most tribes, dance is used for more than simple entertainment. Dance can represent prayer, emotional communication, rites of passage, and much more. Many tribes have a dedicated authority whose sole purpose is to pass along the tribes' traditional dances. There may be myriad dances special to each tribe, and it is the purpose of the "dance master" to ensure that everyone knows the proper movements without question. Dances are often passed down through the ages, and many African dances have been danced for centuries without alteration. It is important that many of these dances be performed in a particular way with no room for improvisation.
The Benefits of Movement
One of the most expressive and fun ways to integrate movement into your everyday life is through dance. It’s a well-known fact that moving is good for the body and mind. The mental and emotional benefits of movement and dancing are plentiful. That's why learning and committing to moving your body regularly is an investment in your mind, body, and soul. Being active is known to be very important and beneficial for all ages, but of course, the younger you start, the better for your long-term health and well-being. With this in mind, we've prepared a list of the most beneficial things that movement and dancing bring into your life:
1. It Improves Emotional Well-Being
Emotions, especially negative ones, are usually stored in the body, impacting your life, even if only subconsciously. Dance and moving your body releases endorphins, which are happy hormones in the body. Cultural dance allows your body, mind, and spirit to journey to another land.
2. It Improves Overall Health
In addition to all the other benefits, dance and the movement of the body is a powerful form of therapy, which over time improves balance, strength, muscle coordination, and overall health.
3. It is Great for Improving Sleep Quality
Movement and exercise, in general, can help you gain a better quality of sleep. The reason is that since your body is exerting more energy it will require rest to recover properly, which then results in a deeper and more restful sleep.
4. It Improves the Functionality of Joints
Using your joints frequently through different types of movement allows your body to reach its full potential. You know that saying, move it or lose it! If you enjoy fast-paced exercise, a dance class would be great for you! If you are more into the slower exercises, try a yoga class or even go on regular walks outside. The key is to move your body consistently! If you are curious to get to know the benefits of movement on yourself, you could join us for a variety of live and on-demand classes, from Hatha Yoga and Kick-Boxing to Tai-Chi and, African Dance!
We have a whole global experience that is waiting for you to join! (Sources: dance.lovetoknow.com, aaregistry.org, flodance.com, thearcppr.org, earlychildhoodeducation.co.uk, momababyetc.com, pivotalmotion. physio, flodance.com)