Human Flourishing Essay

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Divyani Reddy


When I Dance, I Flourish

Dance is most commonly defined as a way of expression through movement, rhythm, and beat; but for me it is much more than that. Dance is who I am and who I have always been. I have danced for as long as I can remember. The only thing that has changed is that I grew up and realised my passion for dance and now it has become the most significant part of my life. I feel that I am most happy and truly flourishing when I dance because it provides me with a sense of belonging, flow and gives meaning to my life. As David Myers (2000) says, "The only question which matters is, 'am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?'"

Once I realised my passion for dance I was able to expand and try new things.

Being from an Indian background I have grown up with the Bollywood culture surrounding me. From the age of four I have been practising and perfecting not only "screwing the light bulb" and "patting the dog" but various other styles of Indian dance. I started learning the traditional south Indian dance form, Bharatnatyam, at the age of seven and continued to learn new dance forms like Hula at the age of twelve. I also have learned the traditional Fijian Meke at the age of fourteen and at the age of sixteen, was able to learn my favourite form of dance called belly dancing, which has now become my speciality.

I take my passion for dance very seriously and that is why I am a part of dance group (also known as a crew) and we dance professionally at different concert, shows, weddings, and other...