As the holiday season fast approaches, now may be a good time to ask dancers to reflect on why they need to dance? Having a break from the everyday routine, and thinking about the year ahead provides an opportunity to also reflect on “why”?
The “need to dance” if often given as the answer to the question, why do dancers devote their lives with enthusiasm to what is often a relatively short and difficult career. I would like to turn that answer around as a question and search for a reflective answer as to why they feel this need?
Possible approaches to answering this could be psychological (what motivates me), philosophical (why this is in my being), but any answer that digs deep into your mind and body is good. The point is to be reflexive, that is look at yourself in a self-referencing manner. You could use Maslow’s hierarchy of needs below for inspiration or just go with what you think.
So why do you feel the need to dance?