I'd like to preface this article by saying that this is something I wrote in college when I was studying to become a professional dancer. This was the first class I took my freshman year, Intro to Dance. Dance was, is, and will forever be my main passion and I thought it would be great to be able to show you exactly where I came from. Enjoy.
Dance, according to Dictionary.com, is to move one's feet or body, or both, rhythmically in a pattern of steps, especially to the accompaniment of music. To me, dance is many things, this, of course, being one of them. Dance is also so much more - it's freedom, movement, a conversation between bodies, and among other things, a language.
Dance is a freedom. It's a freedom because you can take it in any direction that you please. There are so many different types of dancing and each day, new ones are being created or discovered. You can take any one dance move and transfer it around to make it anything you want. I've also found that dance is a relaxant, not necessarily for your muscles or your body in general, but for your mind. If I ever have an awful day, the first thing I'll do is dance. It removes tension and helps me to calm down and really feel the movement.
Dance is movement. In every style of dancing, there is a specific way to move. Your body has to be in some certain position and it has to move in different ways, in jerk motions, fluidly, erotically, robotically, or a plethora of other types of movement. Without movement, there is no dance.
Dance is language. People communicate stories and emotions through their dance. Each dance is personal to its creator. Each choreographer has some sort of story or feeling in mind when creating his/her dance. That story or feeling is then conveyed through a sort of [body] language to the audience.
Dance is an expression of the artist creating and executing the movement. It is a beautiful art form that everyone can create to be their own.