Hello, Mighty Mom,
I can assure -- there is!
BOTH are an "artistic expression."
One is expressed -- internally; the other -- externally.
Make no mistake: you can explain it in this manner, also:
One is an extroverted manifestation of one's: physical
the other, an introverted manifestation of one's mental
Keep these tenants in the back roads of your mind and you'll
NEVER have to choose -- your "psychological reasoning" will
dictate the answer for you!
I am sure there is. The physical movement stimulates the brain, and I bet that helps writers make connections between plots, characters, etc....helps the logical side work more effectively. :0) Very related to the symbiotic interconnection between the functions of the left and right sides of the brain. They truly do feed each other!
I tapped into the knowledge of my friend and fan, Dango, a Hub pages writer and former pole dancer. Writing, she said, involves a lot of dancing of all kinds. You put your left brain in, your right brain out, in out, in out, shake it all about, do the hubbers' hokey-cokey and you turn around, that’s what it’s all about!
She liked to swing and shake a leg, but one day she looked for a recipe on-line and found one for salsa and another for funky chicken on Hubpages. It left her reeling. In that moment she realized that writing and dancing weren’t so far apart. When she lost her job lap dancing because of too much jive talking, leaving her in limbo, she turned to writing. She had the jitters, but she’d got the writing bug. She said, “If you think you can, you can-can!” Nowadays, you can often find her doing the hub hop.
Her hubs are now jigging to the top of hubpages and she’s dancing with the stars! The twist in the tale is that she was begged to go back to the erotic dancing emporium, but told them to boogaloo off. Not to shuffle around the subject, you can’t keep a good hoe down.
Somehow people could only think of tangential similarities related to these two distinct domains, but as one muses, he would be able to realize that, actually, there are the sleek beauty they expressed, and the ineffable joy it brings to the person doing it. Both domains are related to the arts. Thus, if there are differences, there also must be similarities. In every other subject, no one can evade the combination of merits and demerits.
Aren't all arts interconnected? In speaking of the work of Gauguin, Maurice Denis once said that painting was like poetry - both were patches of expression on a blank surface. The same can be said for dancing - each movement an expression of the soul and of the self, like every word of prose an author writes. The blank surface, whether a blank paper or an empty dance floor, remains forever changed in the memories of those who witness the art's creation.
The only difference, I suppose, is the fleeting nature of dance. Unlike writing, which can be reproduced, a dance may only happen once. Even if the same dancers were to attempt the same performance, in the same space, with the same costumes each night, the feeling of each would be different. Although, perhaps this is a similarity after all. Each reading of a poem, for example, affects its audience differently, depending on their own individual moods or thoughts. One could, theoretically, read the same poem every day and evoke a different feeling each time.
Perhaps dancing and writing are the same thing.
I can perhaps poetically write "My fingers danced down the keyboard and from the rhythms sprang my article". Otherwise, no connection!
It depends upon person to person. However the connection between writing and dancing by a single person must be rare.
While Mazzy takes the down-to-earth low road, I'll venture the loftier, spiritual path. After reading Julia Cameron's Artist's Way, I religiously wrote my Morning Pages for many years. At the same time I started to dance Argentine tango.
While there is the obvious difference in physicality between dancing and writing, my sense is that the subtle connection lies in how we use similar bridges across the left / right sides of our brains.
Similarly, both dancing and writing have structures - their own sets of grammar that provide a framework for the creativity.
When you find flow in these arts.. it's a beautiful thing. Getting into the groove of a hot rhythm or lyrically letting the words appear to the 1, 2, 3 of a waltz - is there dance without an audience? is there writing without a reader?
Maybe most importantly, although your writing can be so dry that the words barely form on paper, but what is dance without passion?
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