Dance is the art of movement and the art through which we deliver messages. Long ago, dances were performed strictly to tell a story, to transmit a certain message to someone or to a community. Nowadays, dance has changed. It is performed to maintain a tradition and mostly for entertainment. Perhaps the only type of dance that has not changed too much is the dance of love. Used to seduce, dance has this functions from the earliest times.
Some African dances for example are very flirtatious in nature and have different significations. Agbaei is performed in Ghana and it was founded by the elders of the Krobo settlement when they realized that youngsters had a problem to communicate and date. Therefore, the elders wanted to help the youth and prepare them for real life situations by making them dance together. Adzgobo, on the contrary, is a dance during which both men and women expose their charms and try to seduce each other. However, they do not dance together, but in turns, only men or women.
The Dandiya dance comes from India, more precisely from the region of Gujarat. It is danced by both men and women in two circles moving clock and anti-clockwise directions with two sticks called dandiyas held in their hands. The dance is playful and provides opportunity of exchanging messages through eye contact, so that in the period in which this dance is performed, called Navaratri, many romances bloom among the teens.
Among love dances that have a long history and are still performed today there are many Latin American dances and even European ones, such as tango, waltz, samba, cha -cha- cha and one of my favorites, rumba. Rumba originated in Spain and Africa, as there are more types of it, but it has the same function: flirting. It is a sex pantomime danced extremely fast with exaggerated hip movements and with a sensually aggressive attitude on the part of the man and a defensive attitude on the part of the woman. Sometimes, the rhythm is slower, as it developed in America and for ballroom competitions; still, this does not make it less sensual, but on the contrary, more sensitivity is added to the movements.
But in the every day life of the teenagers, these dances are just inspirational and some of them not even that. Young people perform on hip hop or dance music and use a totally different way of moving, sometimes considered too sensual by the others. But this is the way things go and who are we to judge? Luckily dance as a form of art still exists and dance as a declaration of love will never die.