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I assert that dance exists as more than a worthwhile ,inventive ,and ever-advancing art form; it also thrives as a language. The language of dance cannot say everything on its own, for body language is limited to the interpretive. Yet, speech carries limitations as well. Spoken language houses the potential for dishonesty and fails to encompass all that we notably call thought, seeing as the human mind can think in pictures and invent concepts that present themselves without labels. The two languages therefore have the opportunity to complete each other-an opportunity that I, as a dancer and choreographer, fully believe should be acted upon. Our bodies keep us honest and fill in the indescribable, while our speech defines the concreteness of an idea and keeps the work advanced. Dance breaks the barriers of spoken language and its value rises from this action.
Ellis, Anastasia, "Exploring the Relationship Between Text and Dance: Seeking Music in Spoken Word" (2015). Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection. 266.