What about the different dance steps? Who wrote the dance? These are all questions to keep in mind. This is an important, but not the most important question because I can’t solve it (yet).
I also want a way to identify dance style. For instance, what is a “pop dance”? What about a “breakdance”? Is one of these any better than another? How do we compare dance style with language? Is American dance better than European dance better than Japanese dance? Is a choreographer who wrote a ballet better than one who wrote a dance? We don’t know. All we know is that the dance forms that we have today were composed by humans and are all related to human body movement. We know no more about them than we know about the languages spoken today or the art forms we know today. So, what is dance even supposed to be? Is it a kind of dance technique, dance theory, or a kind of form of human culture?
And, most importantly, how do we come to understand the dance styles that have been written down over the course of the last thousand years? I think that this is the hardest question, and the last one that we have the least authority over. People are always thinking about what people would like to see, and when I ask myself whether I want to participate in dance that I know nothing about, I get discouraged by this. After all, there is no need to explain dance to someone who didn’t learn any dance at all. So why on earth should I try to explain it?
I want to explore these questions as best as I can, but I’m not sure yet if and when I will be able to write a book. When I start writing, I am going to try to answer as many of the questions as I can right from the beginning, then I will try to write in a more systematic way later. Hopefully, it won’t get so bogged down in philosophical ramblings that it’s impossible to write a book.
How is this different from science writing?
Science writing has one purpose: to be correct. When you write science, it’s to make what you’ve written true and useful. You are writing about what is true, not what is true. In other words, a scientific article is a work of thought, not a work of literature. A literature article is a work of writing. Science writing, on the other hand, is a work of understanding. You’re not writing a poem