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What Your Dance Moves Say About You

There were already studies done about the link between personality and dancing (Men’s personality and women’s perception of their dance quality; Dance confidence, age and gender). These studies were attempts to reveal if how we dance tells something about how we think and behave.

What your dance moves say about you

It’s possible that how we move can make other people make assumptions about our personality, status, attitude and outlook in life. If our dance always shows huge and spacious movements, we can be seen as confident and energetic. In contrast, if our dancing shows we’re always holding something back, we can be thought of as timid or someone that should be taken seriously.

The type of dance we show can also make other people make quick judgments about us. It’s especially the case if we’re good in ballet where it requires commitment to practice and discipline. In many locations and societies, just knowing ballet or being enrolled in a class can say something about our social background and status (e.g. higher income, coming from a well-off family).

In other words, the link between dancing and personality is hard to clarify and explain. There can be both biological and social factors involved on how each one of us perceive dancing and the person doing it. Also, our perceptions continue to change and evolve. Today we might think of a good dancer as someone friendly and attractive but next week we might see that same person as someone intolerable and arrogant (although nothing has changed actually in the way he/she moves and behaves).

Instead of trying to prove the link between dancing and personality, it might better help us if we think how one influences the other. For example, being enrolled in a dance class can influence our personality by teaching us the value of practice and discipline. For children, the additional benefits may be about encouraging them to make more friends and exposing them to different environments (especially if it’s an overseas dance tour). This can help them become more social and have better abilities to navigate the nuances of the school environment and other settings.

Dancing can also reinforce the children’s natural curiosity and love for learning. Also, their confidence can be further developed because of their expanded comfort zone. As a result, their dancing positively affects their personality which can help them in formal schooling and beyond.