The Legacy of the Fear of Dance

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a virtual lecture by Dr. Naomi Jackson as part of my course, Jewish and Israeli Dance Histories. Dr. Jackson’s lecture was centered at the intersection of dance, human rights, and social justice. One of the main points that Dr. Jackson made was that “dance is a natural and normal human behavior,” but historically, it has been controlled and banned by religious and political leaders throughout many different cultures. She also posed the question: is dance…