Dance is a universal language. It is the language and highest form of love, connection, and communication. It is how humans have been practicing embodiment since the dawn of time. Everyone knows how to do it because it’s imprinted in our bodies. We are built to move. And with that, we are designed to love.
As a dance student, my practice consists of joining somatic practices, temporality (how we feel time), play, and most importantly, embodiment. But what does embodiment mean in dance and for love?
Embodiment means to become a tangible idea, feeling, being, or object. Dance plays with this notion of embodiment like an interconnection. We can choose to dance for others, ourselves, a God, or religion, and become things outside of ourselves. When we embody something, we lose our sense of self. Our form changes and our external lives momentarily disappear.
If we choose to embody love in dance, transformational things happen. Every (body) has different notions of love. These ideas can affect the ways we become love. Love has many names, types, and shapes, and people describe it differently. If you associate love with its romantic attributes, then it’s likely that you will embody romantic love. If you consider the love of your mother, you will take on the form of familial love. Your actions and movements will reflect the experience and feeling of being with that person. You embody the type of love you know.
I like to think of love in my embodiment practice as a singular overarching awareness. Perhaps at one point, a god or source which manifests itself in everything, including ourselves. I like to change and mold it based on the sensations I feel during the practice. If I feel to approach love as a singular feeling, then my movements will reflect as such, like being guided by love itself.
The White Rabbit
The White Rabbit is an artist who focuses on creating a community of like-minded individuals passionate about holistic living, tea, skincare, and more. Currently majoring in french and dance at Bennington College. She takes her many passions and pours them into poetry, short stories, and blogs (wuweicooking & Lelapinblancbeauty - Skincare, Beauty Blog)