Let’s boogie, cut a rug, break it down — no matter what you choose to call it, dancing fills our souls with happiness. It brings people together; it puts smiles on our faces. Dancing needs no common language, only happy feet and willing partners. Bursting with spontaneous emotion, it’s exhilarating, uplifting and likely to multiply those endorphins. There is nothing else quite like it.
In Cape Verde, the only bad dancing is no dancing at all. It’s never an option not to dance. My students bust a move in class, my homestay mom dances while she cooks, my two-year-old neighbor started moving to the beat before she could even walk — everyone dances, all the time. And why shouldn’t they? Why don’t we dance more often?
Dancing in your underwear, dancing with friends, dancing with your crush, dancing with your mom or dad. It’s an expression and release of emotion. It can mean everything or it can mean nothing, simply a fun pastime. It’s a way to learn about people, cultures, communities. And best of all, it’s a way to break the ice.
So, to get us all in the mood…here are just a few of my favorite tunes. Dance anyway.