Given my particular preference for thinking of Paganism as a religion inextricably tied to dance, I tend to notice any time I read another Pagan use the word dance.
And, in case you haven’t noticed, Pagans talk about dance a lot. But usually they’re talking about dance without actually discussing dance.
We talk about the dance of the elements or the dances of species or the dance of the circle of life or the universe. We write poetry about dancing gods and goddesses. But, while I would say that maybe 10% of the pagan blog posts I read mention dance, I’m not sure I’ve ever read more than a couple that actually speak about the act of dancing (other than a narrative reference that dancing occurred at a particular ritual), and I’m not sure if I’ve ever read any other than my own that explicitly muse of the role of dance in the greater Pagan world. (I have read a few about specific historical dances, and then there is of course the Spiral Dance). Which makes me feel sometimes like I’m standing up on a soapbox talking about dance but missing out on any larger dialogue.
So that’s what I’m asking for. Muse in the comments about what dance means to you, and why it is that we write about the world dancing so much, but not about ourselves dancing, and what you think the relationships is between Pagans and our own dancing bodies. Or link to your favorite article about dance and paganism. Or better yet, write your own blog post on the subject and link to it in the comments.
I can’t wait to read what you guys have to say!