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jane austen illustration Plain Jane: “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.”

-Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice

Jane wrote this a little tongue-in-cheek, poking fun of the matchmaking attempts of her era, but I think she meant some truth by it as well. A person who dances, or is fond of dancing at least, has a little something in them that is always open to beauty, emotion, and feeling. Dancers feel and are aware of many more nuances than the common person I think. They have to, for on the stage distance, timing, partnering, and motion isn’t spoken, it’s felt.