It's the expression of soul through lines of the body and pure movement. It's the visceral thrill of blood pumping faster and heart thumping harder -- leaping higher, reaching farther-- and by gum, it's a dad-burned way to keep a body fit!
Dance is also a road that can that can quickly lead to injury if the body is not treated properly. A dancer often dances for the love of the movement, for the quest after physical perfection, putting in long hard hours in order to become professional. However, one must care for the body and its needs and limitations, or too much practice can be too much of a good thing.
Different types of dance emphasize different movements and techniques. Ballet, which serves as a foundation for all types of motion, consists of a set of mandatory positions and steps; while there are various techniques and styles of ballet, exacting foot work and rigid posture are always required.
Modern dance, which emerged around the turn of the century, was created as a reaction against the artificial moldings of ballet, instead emphasizing the fluidity, (or lack of fluidity), of movement over set and static positions. Modern dance tends to emphasize the flexibility of the torso, along with the rest of the body.
Jazz combines the same strength and stretch of ballet with the nontraditional movements of modern. Other types of dance, such as tap and folk, use the body in even different ways, but the above three are the most likely to engage the entire body.
Though the various forms of dance may utilize different techniques and movements, there are certain laws governing the body which are universal and must be obeyed in order to reap benefits from dance, instead of pain.
This web site intends to demonstrate the positive aspects of dance from a health perspective, and dispel bad practices which could end the dancing days of both the amateur and professional dancer.