What is Dance?
How did dance evolve?
Is dance unique to humans, or is it rooted in our shared evolutionary history with the animal kingdom?
These are some of the questions that have intrigued the scientific community for centuries. Dance, according to common knowledge, is the rhythmic movement of hands and feet in response to the music or to express an emotion. If it is just a synchronized movement of hands and feet, then why can’t our evolutionary cousins—the other primates—tap their feet to music as we do? Scientists are turning to the art of dance to understand the long-unsolved puzzle of human evolution. Is the human ability to dance (shared by some birds and mammals) a distinctive feature of human evolution—enabling a large and interconnected brain, empathic heart, and ecological adaptability? Dance is human intelligence that we have acquired over the centuries…and still perfecting it. Science has come to the aid of dancers to achieve the limits that were once unimaginable. Those impeccable dance moves have been made possible with the help of sports scientists, neuroscientists, healthcare professionals, and psychologists. From their learning years to their recovering years, science plays a crucial role in dancers' life. Considered no less than a sport, many dancers are taking the help of science to get their techniques right, just like the Olympians. Art, sports, or science- what is dance? Read further to find out…