Ever wondered why you can't dance?
Ever wondered why you can't dance?
You hear the music, feel the music, yet can never translate it into dancing moves?
Personally I have that problem. Of course you do dance, everyone can. Just when you do it you're basically all over the place here and there breaking world records in being weird.
I have noticed that most of the people I know who are suffering from the same thing have a lot in common. That's what drove me to research into it. Find more about it and figure out the connection.
- Some blame their race. *white men can't dance*
- Some blame the way they were raised. *uptight family*
- Some blame their body. *being so stiff*
- Some blame their personality. *Not feeling comfortable enough to let go*
Well, I personally think it's in our head and some people actually are born with the ability to dance, and some ain't. So I looked it up from that angle.
- Is it in your brain?
Came across a research done by some researchers at the University of Oxford in England claiming that the brain actually is in charge of whether you can grasp the latest dancing moves or not.
GABA is what to blame, that's a shortcut for (gamma-aminobutyric acid). GABA acts like a brain's gate in charge of the passage of signals from neural cells in the brain.
“Our research suggests that an important first step in learning that new skill is a decrease in GABA levels in the motor cortex"
“It appears that GABA levels in some people are more easily modulated than in others, and that the differences between people (are) related to their ability to learn new movements" -Dr. Charlotte Stagg-
In English? Well, apparently people with more flexible (gates) can grasp dancing moves way better and faster than people with stiff (gates).
- So that's it? I'll never be able to dance?
This research says it's (easier) for some people. It never said those are the ONLY ones who can. So practice is the answer. It will be harder but you'll get there eventually.
But then again I thought I might have researched from the wrong angle. I want answers on why I can't dance not why I can't LEARN how to dance. So it's not about grasping new dancing techniques. It's more about coordination and having a rhythm, no?
Anyway, I started to point up some common behavior among the people I know who can't dance and found up most of them, if not all, are basically from the same category.
I don't know what to call it but you know that person who over thinks? Analysis everything around him? Logic is his best friend as well as his worst enemy? Yea, those.
So this can be explained by two means. One is scientific and the other is psychological.
The answer (brains) pops up yet again. People are divided into two types when it comes to brains. Right-sided and left-sided.
Left-sided people tend to be more logic, rational and goes by the book. While the right-sided people are more like random, spatial and playful.
So this is it? This is the answer to the question?
If you're left-sided you can't dance? If you're right-sided you can?
I mean this only means right-sided people are better off in dancing and choreography while left-sided people are better in dancing by taking classes and learning.
- but then again, when did you ever see a nerd/bookworm dance?
Find out if you're right-sided or left sided by looking at this image.
Right/Left brain test
If you see the dancer moving clockwise? Then you're right-sided person. If you see her dancing anti-clockwise? Then you're a left-sided person. Most people are more like whole-brained person having a balance between both sides, therefor by concentrating you can see the dancer going the other way around.
Let's look at it from the psychological side
People who over think a lot literally don't switch their brains off for few min. They're always thinking of something, observing. That's what they call *The voices in your head* and it actually ruins ANYTHING you try to do efficiently.
"Exactly like being in a big game, having the chance to score at the last few seconds and BAAAAAM, you think twice"
Back to the dancing topic, it usually goes like this.
- Who's dancing?
- Who's staring at me?
- Should I smile?
- What the hell am I supposed to do with my hands?
- Should I stare back?
- My hips move weirdly.
- I'm hungry :(
And it goes on and on and on which actually cause more awkward movements. Dancing is about letting go. Feeling the music taking over your body. This will not happen unless you lose control a little bit of your brains and give music access to do its magic.
But then again, some people d THINK they look awesome dancing while reality they're a moving wreck. So they don't over think yet they can't dance?
It seems like yet again I failed to grasp the main reason why some people simply can't dance well. Eventually, I just realized that it doesn't have a main reason after all. Some fail to do so due to cultural reasons. Some due to how their brains work. Some due to self-esteem issues and the list goes on and on.
I really hope I'd have the ability to do some serious research on this matter to get specific answers, however the previous ones might be enough for some people out there, hope you're one of them.
And one last thing. Whether you can dance or not ...... for the love of god just DANCE. As much as people might laugh at how weird you would look, they also love someone who seems to let go and have some fun.
Trust me ... just dance :))
This is purely a self research article about what I've personally been wondering about for so long. Feel free to correct any mistakes or even add more useful information and I'll add it giving you credit.
Can you relate to this article?
And tht's how you have fun dancing no matter how you look :D ... Credits goes to ComfortB