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MARIETA MAGLAS

SONGSOPTOK THE WRITERS BLOG | 9/15/2016 |



DANCE- THE RHYTHM OF LIFE

The Bible verses don't prohibit the human beings from dancing while enjoying life. This act of dancing is associated with songs and praises. This physical movement  means "rejoice". People praise God while dancing,'' Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.'' (Psalm 150:4) The Aaron's sister, Miriam, played the timbrel. The daughter of Jephthah used tambourines. The music has been accompanied by the dance. Also, the dance has been an expression of joy in celebrating the victories. But not all the dances led to a holy state of being. The daughter of Herodias danced for the death of John Baptist and those who danced for Baal didn't receive any answer from him. In Lamentations 5:15, it is mentioned, ''The joy of our hearts has ceased; Our dancing has been turned into mourning.'' Why has the joy ceased? When does the joy cease? There are some situations very well specified in the Bible: when people are ''befallen'' by the Lord, when the inheritance is given to the strangers, when the children are orphans,when the women are widows, when people cannot drink water without paying, when they sin, when they are enslaved, when they are starving, when the women are raped, when the feelings of love are sick in the hearts,and when God doesn't listen to the prayers.

It is important to know  what holds the values in life and how the human development can falter.  It is a process of understanding the human condition. People need to be happy and to live a meaningful life. Martin Seligman wrote about ''authentic happiness and abundant gratification." People can change the negative style of thinking through dancing.  This way, they can change how they feel and how they think about the nature of happiness. This dance is a movement of the body necessary for the non-verbal communication. While dancing, people use the  gestural vocabulary to express their emotions or to explain the story of their life. The dance ''explores the nature of all movement'' while being a social interaction. For example, the ballet is a dance narrating a drama '' in the most theatrical sense of the term''.

The endorphin boost of salsa and the lower levels of stress hormones together with higher levels of testosterone in tango are very important to increase the self-confidence. Donna Newman-Bluestein, a dance therapist, said that "dancing lifts the body to an open, optimistic posture." Rosa Pinniger mentioned about dance that it ''interrupts negative thought patterns that contribute to anxiety and depression.''

During the International Day of Happiness, many people around the world may share their videos in which they dance to be happy. The dance has become one of the main cultural forces in the whole world. “Dance is such a universal phenomenon,” said Ahalya Hejmadi, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Maryland University College. ''There is no vehicle more joyful and playful for providing such training than early childhood music and movement," said Dee Joy Coulter, Ed.D, Neuroscience Educator.


The music is combined with the notions of motor control, becoming a form of art. Moreover,  the music may be the product of the movement, or the dance may be the movement itself, but generally, it is  a synchronization between the body movement and a recurrent musical beat to include feelings of bonding, empathy, cooperation, and social identity. Romania has some traditional dances because its feudal system has lasted until the mid 19th century. The Romanian folklore still exists in the natural environment like villages. Romanian dances are, usually, chain dances, men's group, and couple dances and they are accompanied by loud shouts and calls. An example of men's group dance is the dance called ''Calusarii''. A long time ago, it was considered to be a sacred dance being performed only in the spring by a chosen number of men while having a mystic signification. During the time, it remained the most famous Romanian folk dance being an inheritance given by the Dacians. It is believed that it is a fertility ritual or a method to cure those people being affected by a kind of delirium, which is caused by those fairies called “iele”. The dancer who wears a mask uses to have a sword and a red wooden phallus. The word “calusar” comes from the Latin word “collosium” meaning a dance group in a secret society that has the duty to “cure” and to “protect” people from evil spirits for nine years. An  early retirement can lead to sickness,  paralysis, or misfortune. This dance can be found in Serbia, too. African, Ballet,  Salsa, Bellydance, Zumba, Flamenco, Tap Dance, Tango, or any other, each dance has its complexity and sensibility,  making us understand how the dance steps and the music rhythms are closely intertwined.


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Samantha Grossman, Everyone Everywhere Is Celebrating International Happiness Day By Dancing to Pharrell’s ‘Happy’, Time,  March 20, 2014

Sadie F. Dingfelder, Dance, dance evolution/ Psychologists’ research on the power of movement is giving us insight into why we first danced and how cultures built on that ancient impulse, Monitor Staff 2010, Vol 41, No. 4 Print version: page 40
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Mihaela Lica ,THE MYSTIC AND TRADITION OF A FOLK DANCE: CALUSARII, July 8, 2008



[MARIETA MAGLAS]

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