I’m not certain if this study was done with social dancer’s or solo dancers, who might occasional partner with another. But I suspect since the conclusion mentions communication it probably means some kind of partnering. When speaking with clients, I extend dance to the bedroom, the horizontal dance, the one that also flourishes on non-verbal cues.
Excerpt from article regarding study on, What makes dancers different than the rest of us?” The dancer “type,” …clearly demonstrates qualities that are not necessarily lacking but are not expressed as strongly in other people: a heightened sense of communication, often of a symbolic and ceremonial nature, and a strong spiritual personality trait.
Read the entire article: http://www.science20.com/scientific_blogging/dancers_are_genetically_different_rest_us
I am a social dancer and have personally seen the positive effects of ‘the dance.’ The combination of touch, being held in another’s arms, non-verbal communication, the honing of cues – most powerful and important. It is manna for my soul.
Pioneering the new renaissance through movement: Wren LaFeet at TEDxB
Wren LaFeet is the founder of Nomad Dance, created with the mission to re-establish social partner dance as an integral component of popular culture. As an instructor, performer and choreographer, Wren has spent almost half of his life dancing, both in groups and solo, but mostly in partnership with others. With Nomad Dance, he offers the experience and the opportunity to learn the skills of connection, non-verbal communication and how partner dance contributes to the creation of a conscious culture.