The first thing I do when I enter a dance floor is to pick out my favorite dancer. Gradually it made me think: what defines a good dancer?
Undoubtedly, there are dancers who demonstrate impressive skills. They can spin at a speed of 1080 degrees per second, or spin continuously for one minute, or toss each other as if they were juggling balls. Interestingly they repeat exactly the same move for every partner and for every song. I may get caught up the first or second time they do their fancy move, but definitely not the third time.
Then my eyes will go to dancers who are interpreting the music. I can feel that if the music is on mute, I could still tell the rhythm and theme of the song, and where the transitions are. Some are so good that I can’t even tell whether the choreography was made for the music, or the music was composed for the choreography. They are good dancers; they keep my eyes fixed on them like a little girl staring at her favorite barbie doll.
Ultimately, some dancers express themselves, using both their body and the music. To them dance is a body language, and they are using the language to deliver messages, as fluent as how we use our everyday language to communicate. They are peerless dancers, even if no one is watching – they don’t necessarily need audiences; they dance for themselves.