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Arts & Culture

Shall We Dance?

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Why do we dance? The answer is more complicated than you might think. Dancing has served a multitude of functions for various cultures throughout history, and there is even evidence to suggest we, as a species, are biologically hard-wired to dance.

Whether it's for social, for spiritual , or even psychological reasons (yes, dance therapy is a thing), humans have been dancing since the very beginning. This hour we talk all things dance from ancient history, to modern, Hollywood dance movies.

GUESTS:

  • Henry Alford - Humorist, journalist, and contributor to Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and The New Yorker; author of And Then We Danced: A Voyage Into The Groove (@henryalford)
  • David Edelstein - Film critic for New York magazine and for NPR's Fresh Air, as well as contributor to The New York Times' Arts & Leisure section
  • Christina Devereaux - Board Certified Dance / Movement Therapist as well as Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director in the Dance / Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Drexel University

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Josh is a producer for WNPR's talk shows. He has produced for Where We Live and is currently producing for The Colin McEnroe Show.

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