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Ever wondered why you can't dance?

Updated on October 23, 2015

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.

Scientifically speaking
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 :))

Side Note:
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.

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And tht's how you have fun dancing no matter how you look :D ... Credits goes to ComfortB


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    • Noha Mannaa profile image

      Noha Mannaa 

      4 years ago


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      5 years ago

      Hahaha when I dance no one gets it .

    • DeaverTex profile image

      John Adams 

      6 years ago from Austin, TX

      I had the devil of a time getting that dancer to move counterclockwise. So I seem to instinctively see her going clockwise. But I'm very strongly left brained, a master at over-analysis, stiff, and look like a right fool if I were to try to dance. Which is the reason that I've staunchly refused for over 40 years now. I will NOT do something that I suck at, just because some bozo tells me, "Oh, it's fun! You're not having any fun! Let go and live!"

      Madam, YOU let go of my arm, or there will be a very ugly incident and you will make undignified and sharp contact with the floor. (I had to pry one bride's hand off my arm when she wouldn't take no for an answer. She ended up scooting several feet on her butt, she was pulling so hard.)

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      6 years ago

      The weird thing is I see the dancer clockwise but I overanalyze everything and I'm not a horrible dancer but I'm stiff so idk Lol

    • Randomovic profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Egypt

      AHAHAHAHAAA ... exactly what crossed my mind while writing this hub :D

      Glad you liked it :))

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      Jasmine JellyBaby 

      7 years ago

      This reminds me of Elaine in Seinfield with that stick dance of hers LOL. Good hub. Enjoyed the read.

    • Randomovic profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Egypt

      Sirius ... I'm really thrilled you loved it .. It's always an honor to make someone's day :))

      Thank you, you just made mine as well

    • Sirius Centauri profile image

      Sirius Centauri 

      7 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      I just love this hub. I'm in stitches...thanks for this Randomovic, made my day and most definitely voted UP!!! and oh, by the way, she moves anti-clockwise. I got issues! damn!!! Who poured black paint on me? ::)

    • Randomovic profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Egypt

      Comfort ... I'm really glad you liked it. And yes, apparently it's all in the brain yet it's never impossible to over come it. And the video is up :D

    • Randomovic profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Egypt

      Nell ... you know that friends of yours? Yup, I think I'm the same. Like I enjoy dancing yet it seems like everyone else is dancing the wrong way. yes I just blamed everyone else :D .. hahaha, glad you liked it. And thank you for sharing. Probably without you no one would have seen it :))

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      Comfort Babatola 

      7 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Lol. Very funny hub. Love it.

      Well, sometimes I think it's how the brain process the sound waves. If the hearing is delayed, the dancing will be out of place. It helps if one is born with music and rhythms all around.

      You should include this video in your hub

      Voted up and funny.

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      Liz Elias 

      7 years ago from Oakley, CA

      LOL I laughed at myself all the way through this article. I was one of those, in my younger days, who over-thought, and worried about looking the fool. Then, in my mid-40's, I began to let go, got involved with cable access TV as a host and producer; joined a community theater group's improvisational comedy troupe; and at this point...if I feel like being the fool...I do so, and I don't give a hoot who's looking or not...if they laugh at me--good! I've entertained them, as any comedian should.

      I've done such silly things as stand up and play "air guitar" on my cane with a local country band...yes, in public, and no, not drinking. I was having a good time, enjoying the music, and people actually applauded; because I was enjoying myself, they did too.

      So, I've learned--life is too short to worry about what the other guy thinks. Anyone can dance...just do it.. Forget about "learning steps," just feel the music and move as you feel it telling you to. Don't be afraid to bust a move--you might encourage someone else to get up and try!

      Voted up, funny, useful and interesting.

      (and P.S.--for me, the dancer moved clockwise... )

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Lol! thanks for the laugh! If you are right brained, you can do this, if left brain....! I had a friend who obviously had a muddled brain! he could dance, well I think he could! he danced beautifully, but sadly not to the same music as we all danced too! his arms would fly, his hips would swing, his body would fly across the dance floor and knock drinks out of our hands....! lol! great hub, voted and shared! nell

    • Randomovic profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Egypt

      Yet some people fail to enjoy such fun and let go .. hope they work on that :))

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Dancing for any song and in any language can be fun and real enjoyment if the song sounds good.


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