The Science Behind Why Humans Dance?


If you could express joy, it can only be done so in its truest form by dancing. The ultimate celebration of life. The answer to rhythm and music, the answers to sadness, and the answer to chaos.

On the other day when I was attending a wedding, I saw my friends gyrating to beats like they had no bones in their bodies. This thought popped in my mind, “Why do we dance?” and it stayed with me like a parasite trying to complete its purpose. So I rummaged the pages of science and learned the answers.

The answer I ached for was found in evolution. Our ancestral beings danced for survival, to bond with other humans in tougher times. According to scientists we probably danced to attract a mate too. An attribute that can be seen in a plethora of species till today.

It was also found in recent studies that people who dance exhibit a high level of serotonin, the hormone responsible for happiness. Even five-month-old babies have shown the ability to jiggle, wiggle, and move when listening to a beat.

Elite dancers hold the genetic keys to why some people dance better than others. The creative dancers have these two chemicals Serotonin and vasopressin in high quantities. Which can mean they can easily be but into a different physical category. People who dance a lot are also exuded great behavior socially.

Scientists have not quite formed a concrete conclusion to what makes us humans dance and enjoy it so much, but we are quite close to finding the reasons.