#7: Death Rattles of Dance

José fears that dance is on its deathbed! Is social dancing on the decline? And if so, what do we lose if it dies? Danielle and José suggest that losing dance means losing opportunities for mastery over our bodies, as well as communication and coordination with others in a playful and non-verbal way. Dance is both related to but different from both sports and sex, and we can feel self-conscious about it in a way that we don’t with those other forms of bodily expression. We end, as always, by talking about what we’ve been thinking about since our last show.

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The Five Whys: an interrogative technique to determine root causes for complex phenomena.

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#6: White Girl Sings the Blues

Danielle and José talk about cultural appropriation. What’s wrong with a white person wearing a Native American headdress for Halloween? Where is the line between cultural exchange and appropriation? To what extent is it legitimate for an artist to draw from other cultures in order to make something new? We end, as always, with what we’ve been thinking about and give some recommendations.

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