Women in dancing
A society has a large number of art expressions that reveal how each one of its members is perceived in the cultural field. One of them is the dancing, which permits us to illustrate how men and women are seen by everybody. It is no coincidence that the man has always been the one to set the pace for his female counterpart to follow during any given social dance, so we can say that the woman was nothing more than a passive element who had to await her partner’s instructions.
After decades of intense struggle for women’s rights, a number of profound cultural changes were taking place that led to the biggest transformation we have ever had as a society. Music and the arts in general certainly could not escape this reality.
One of those changes came about with a greater role for women in social dances, who are no longer so dependent on their male partner as they used to be in the past. Now, both members of the dance couple are very important for the execution of any choreography.
What role did kizomba play in this change?
We all know women are no longer seen in the same way as decades ago, but there is still limited understanding on how this situation changed in dance. Well, one of the events that marked the end of male hegemony at the dance was the emergence of kizomba. This was the first musical genre in which both the man and the woman could be the ones who direct the dance pace. That does not mean men cannot remain the guide of the steps, but it does not have to be this way all the time. Gender roles no longer play an important role during the dance.
Due to the ease with which kizomba is danced, the roles of the partners of the couple can change at any moment without any problem. In the same way, the two can learn to carry on and be carried away to decide when the best time is to change the role of each of them. The wonderful thing about it is that both the man and the woman have greater freedom to follow or change the performance of the dance.
After the birth of kizomba, there has been the emergence of many other musical styles that further take into account women and give them a much more active role when dancing. That has enabled them to be more confident and secure in their movements on the dance floor.
In view of the fact that more and more women are encouraged to take charge during the dance, it is possible that both she and her partner begin to experience new sensations and emotions that none of them knew, which may be extremely beneficial for both of them. Along with exercising certain areas of the brain that we do not even know, we can also explore new personalities and ways of looking at life, which very important in dancing.
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