Origin of Dance

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Crystal Jackson
2/21/12
Dance 6/7 pd.

When being asked what would be taken from me if I could no longer dance I had to think for a while. I had to rearrange the question and ask myself “what does dance mean to you, and how does it affect you?” It honestly not something I think about much so it actually was a bit hard trying to put all the emotions that this prompt evoked in words. If I was no longer in a position where I could freely dance multiple things would be taken away from me. Initially my identity. I also feel as if this situation would take away my happiness. Last but not least if dance wasn’t a part of my life anymore it would take away my joy. Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines identity as, “The distinguishing character or personality of an individual.” I feel that dance is in fact the distinguishing characteristic of my personality. Though others can also dance, when I’m dancing I feel like I have something of my own. As if it belongs to me and no one can take it away. If I couldn’t dance, honestly I think I would lose sight of who I truly am. Dance gives me an opportunity to say anything I need to say without even using words and not being able to do that anymore can truly change a person. Technically I spend more time with my dance family than I do with my own parents, so what would I be if I wasn’t with them? Who would I be? Dance is definitely on the list as one of my top priorities, so I would have to rethink everything. This also brings me to the question is one born with passion for a certain thing, or can passion grow? I would have to start all over. Would I still be me? Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines identity as, “a state of well-being and contentment.” That’s exactly what dance is for me sometimes. When I’ve had a terrible day at school and nothing seems to be going right, at times simply walking through the studio doors can bring me happiness. Seeing the faces of the people who inspire me the most! Not only can this but,...
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