Dancing to reaffirm our humanity

Ieva and I put together this text only for the subscribers of the Dance in Conversation newsletter, but given the ongoing events in Ukraine, we have decided to share it even more widely with the community.

The war in Ukraine is having an impact on everybody, starting with Ukrainians who are going through the worst. Whether you are from Europe, Canada, Argentina, Asia, or Russia, this war is making us all feel sad, powerless and anxious about what’s going on every hour and the future of those closely affected.

It is also making us aware of humanity and how we are all connected. We are witnessing so many examples of empathy, togetherness and action. We go to protests, we send donations, we help refugees, we pray. And from the smallest of gestures, we reaffirm our humanity.

In this context, dancing becomes an expression of what we are and what we dream of which is embracing the other, open the arms to another human being, regardless of their origin.

Suddenly, dance becomes an act of defiance, not just entertainment. When we dance, we are consciously practising embracing the other on a human level. It requires being true to ourselves and our highest values.

We’d like to invite you for an hour of connection, that will remind us of our incredible capacity to sense ourselves and others in order to continue to live our values.  We call this intuition.

On 17 March, we will explore the topic of intuition and how it affects our dance. Hans Peter Meyer, who is an experienced tango teacher and embodiment coach, will help us understand our capacity to perceive the energy around us, and the energy of our partner.

Register here

What is intuition?

By Jesus Acosta

At heart, I am a story-teller. As a creative writer and designer, I tell stories on the web, on paper, and sometimes I scribble random lines on the dance floor.