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Emotions in Motion

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Dance psychologist Peter Lovatt explains why letting the rhythm move you is a brilliant way to lift your mood.

I have often been so overwhelmed with emotion when dancing that I have cried. There is a jazz class I attend at Pineapple dance studios, which starts with a stretch, deep breaths, and loud music. We breathe in and stretch up, before we release from the stretch and exhale. It is on the changeover from inhale to exhale that the emotion catches me, and I have to swallow hard to suppress the free flow of tears. It’s a moment that marks the beginning of an hour-long catharsis, a period of emotional purging. The body is brilliant at communicating emotion, but other than in a dance class, where do we get the chance to act out with our body what is going on deep in our heart? Most of our lives are spent disconnecting our emotions from our physical expression of them. We feel things, but we cannot express them. Unless you’re a six-year-old child or a Labrador, you cannot freely and spontaneously physically express yourself. Dancing gives humans a tail to wag. In jazz class I have a tail, and I wag it. We learn routines of different styles, some slow and lyrical, others fast and outward-looking. The two sty …


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