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Re-Defining the Meaning of Dance

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By re-defining dance, we give it back to people, it is not something that is unattainable, we can all experience the freedom of dance.

I am Nina Patel the founder of Dance As You Are.

My motivation for starting this petition stems from my commitment to reveal and highlight the importance of movement in how we live, learn and relate to each other.

My background as a professional dancer and dance movement therapist provides me with a deep understanding of my physical self. I have trained internationally and have always been been driven by a deep passion for understanding myself better through my body.

I'm a passionate advocate for dance as an experience of the body, and strive to highlight the importance of body in society. I believe in the power of embodied living to inspire, define and change communities for the better.

I believe dance, as it is currently defined, and how people currently relate to dance, is not good enough. In fact, it's failing us entirely.

Dance is not about learning steps, a style or technique. Dance is any movement the body chooses to make, a physical expression that words cannot express. For all human beings, dance is a way to learn and communicate. As babies we relate to our caregivers through movement and physical contact. As children we continue to learn through movement.

All movement is dance; our physical connection to others and non-verbal communication - a life long dance with the world.

The body contributes far more to our lives than just physical attributes such as strength and endurance - it plays a major role in emotions, learning and relationships.

The body is intimately involved in all our thought processes, understanding, emotions and decision making.

Why is Re-Defining Dance Important?

Movement is the expression of ourselves in the world. Movement open doors to connecting beyond barriers and impacts social change on levels we cannot comprehend.

In a world where technological advancement allows for instant global connections, we are becoming increasingly disembodied. This gives rise to “dis-ease” in our physical, emotional and intellectual selves. In order to experience life to it’s fullest, it is important to keep in touch with our moving selves. We are not advocating a specific movement technique or practice. It is about re-discovering that we are all born knowing how to dance.

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