The Influence of Music on Dance

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and just felt the sudden urge to get up and dance?

Many people have that feeling more often than not and it’s because of the tremendous impact music has on dance, as it would not even exist if it were not for the music that goes along with it. Dance needs music to set the mood, drop the beat and create the motivation needed to start moving. Music has that ability to make us feel a certain way, which is why it plays such an immense role in dance. Different styles of music create various types of beats, which all correspond to a specific dance style.

The connection between music and dance

While some dances can be performed to any kind of music, there is always a typical genre that it matches with. For example, slower tunes would be utilised when performing dance styles such as the waltz, lyrical or ballet, while fast, upbeat songs would be used for hip-hop, tap dancing or the salsa. Although it can be argued otherwise the traditional version of each of these dance styles respectively corresponds to either slow or fast music.

It is often hard to realise the importance of music in everyday life, however music plays a very integral role in daily activities. Most people usually listen to music when exercising, driving or sometimes during study periods as it creates a lively and enjoyable atmosphere in everything that we do. Music sets the mood and is often in line with our emotions as we all can recognise and appreciate its role in the theatrics of movies, musicals and televised dramas.  Our fingers naturally type faster as the beats increase in speed when we listen to the instrumental music in the background. Even though it may seem like an insignificant background noise, it plays a much bigger role on our productivity than expected. Similarly, the beats in music give off a vibe that transcends into the movement of the body without it ever giving off a striking epiphany of the strong impact it can have.

Music transcends prejudice

Music and dance do not only affect our personal lives but instead they also share a major role in shaping cultures across the globe. For example, many countries incorporate dance and music into their celebrations including weddings, graduations and birthdays as a way to express excitement. Many also use it as a form of communication. Some people struggle with communicating with others but can say how they feel with a song that they write or have heard, making it easier to express themselves without any fear or intimidation.

Although most people have their own preferences on the type of dance and music they enjoy but each culture can agree that these art forms are an important part of life with expressing ourselves as human beings. By appreciating the impact music and dance has on the wider world, it makes it easy to unite and relate to others who are different than ourselves.

Furthermore, the lyrics of a song can be portrayed through dance just further enhancing the relationship they share. A song in itself can evoke so many emotions through its lyrics, but when combined with dance the impact it leaves can last a lifetime. When dramatic music is conjoined with intricate movement, the aesthetic qualities and awe inspiring way it is depicted is one of the best things to ever witness.

This article is the 1st in a six part series that looks at how music enriches our lives
and offers new perspectives on how music is important to each and everyone of us.